July 17, 2011

Police ticketed a 10-year-old Texas boy for not wearing his seat belt properly. Marshall May admits his seat belt became tangled as an aunt drove him home from school, but says he was "really scared" when a cop stopped the car and issued him a citation. "He made me sign my signature," said May, "but I don't have a signature because I'm 10 years old." The Week Staff

7:24 p.m. ET
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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) let Donald Trump and the Republican Party have it Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.

"When Trump decided to run for president, he probably said to himself, 'I'm an egomaniac, I don't believe in science, I believe women are inferior. Where would I feel at home?'" Reid said. "You know where that is." He went on to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)'s actions "craven" and said the only thing the GOP has accomplished is "setting the stage for a hateful con man, Donald Trump." Parents should be rightfully concerned about their children listening to the words coming out of Trump's mouth, Reid added, and "Republicans, you should have been careful also, because Donald Trump learned it from watching you. They say they believe in country first; what a joke."

The Republicans who refuse to stand up to Trump "believe in one thing and one thing only: party first," Reid said. "And this year, 2016, they've gone even further, nominating the poster child of 'Me first.' Trump knew that hateful rhetoric and dangerous policies are the way to win in today's GOP, but that's not how you win in America and that's not how America wins in the world." Reid went on to plug his own party, saying the Democrats believe in an "economy that works for everybody" and national security that "values our allies and doesn't invite a cyberattack on our country." With Clinton in the White House and a Democratic majority in the Senate, Democrats will fight for everything from immigration reform to background checks for gun buyers to a "Supreme Court that keeps America just," Reid said. Catherine Garcia

6:41 p.m. ET
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The Democratic National Convention is handing the microphone over to Republicans on Wednesday night. A damning video of conservatives declaring their party's presidential nominee Donald Trump unfit to lead the country is set to play in primetime on the big screen.

The video contrasts past Republican leaders' wisdom on what makes a true leader with worries from present-day GOPers over what a Trump presidency would mean for America. Some Republicans go so far as to suggest handing the nuclear code over to a man with the "temperament" of Trump would lead America into World War III.

Republicans including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) make appearances.

Check out the video, below. Becca Stanek

6:41 p.m. ET
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Rev. Jesse Jackson called for an assault rifle ban and end to the shootings of "young black men" during his speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, adding that Hillary Clinton "understands the historic dimensions of the agony, hope, and promise of Black Lives Matter."

The civil rights leader also took a moment to congratulate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for "energizing this campaign season," and told supporters that "the Bern must never grow cold." Jackson shared that he met Clinton years ago in Arkansas, and has watched her work tirelessly for children and the poor for decades. "There is a tug of war for America's soul," he said. "We have a clear choice, to take down the walls of separation and build bridges of hope and build unity." Love must "trump ignorance," Jackson said, and overcome "fear and hatred and violence." At the end of his speech, Jackson led the audience in a chant of "It's healing time, it's hope time, it's Hillary time." Catherine Garcia

6:00 p.m. ET
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New York City Mayor and very tall person Bill de Blasio spent his speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention reminding everyone just how "little" Donald Trump is. Trump, de Blasio said on Wednesday evening, "has degraded women to make himself feel big while showing us the truly little man that he is." He called Trump "one of the least generous billionaires our country has ever seen" and wondered how Trump can "pretend to be for American workers when he didn't even pay his own workers."

As much as Trump is "reckless, risky, wrong, and scary," de Blasio said, Hillary Clinton is "smart," "steady," "right," and "ready."

Watch a clip of the speech below. Becca Stanek

4:50 p.m. ET

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was formally nominated as the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday afternoon. Kaine, who Hillary Clinton announced as her running mate last week, won the nomination by acclamation. If Clinton wins the election, Kaine will be the first vice president from Virginia since 1841.

Kaine is set address the convention for the first time as the party's vice presidential candidate later Wednesday evening.

Watch his nomination, below. Becca Stanek

3:43 p.m. ET

The freedom of the press has long been an indicator to political scientists and watchdog groups of the stability and the health of a democracy in a given nation, which makes recent developments in Turkey pretty concerning. Following the failed military coup earlier this month, local Turkish media reports that authorities have shut down three news agencies, 15 magazines, 16 TV stations, 23 radio stations, and 45 newspapers:

The media purge follows the dismissal of thousands of teachers, government workers, and military personnel. Jeva Lange

2:18 p.m. ET

We all have our hobbies, and Sen. Tim Kaine's hobby is harmonicas. He loves harmonicas. A lot. He carries multiple harmonicas in his briefcase. He once held a "Harmonica With Tim" promotional contest where the winner got dinner and a harmonica lesson with him. He randomly shows up at bluegrass jamborees with his harmonicas to jam. You don't get between Kaine and his harmonica.

Hillary Clinton's mountain music-loving running mate first learned to play the harmonica in seventh grade, and his skills now command the respect of fellow Virginians all across the state:

"One Sunday I'm there in the circle playing banjo and suddenly TV cameras show up," said Alan Graf, a lawyer and a musician, who often plays at the Floyd Country Store. "Tim Kaine walks in, and he sits down and someone goes, 'That's Senator Tim Kaine,' and I go, 'Oh great,' so much for a relaxed session with cameras beaming at you."

Mr. Graf was "leading" the song that Mr. Kaine joined in on, which in bluegrass means he can dictate who gets to take a solo during a break.

"And we're playing, and I notice Tim's looking at me," he said. "And I figured it was time for a solo. So I gave him the nod," he said with a pause, laughing. "Like Hillary."

[…] "But he took it, he took it, man," Mr. Graf said. "He just jumped on it. He was ready to go, and he took a pretty mean harp solo." [The New York Times]

Don't ask Kaine to put the harmonica down, though — he strictly doesn't dance. Read more about his hand reed hobby over at The New York Times, and watch him jam (in the blue jacket), below. Jeva Lange

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