The Latest: Aide: Clinton briefed on DNC email hack attack


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

10:40 a.m.

A top aide to Hillary Clinton says she is “alarmed” by the possibility that the Russian government was involved with the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Top campaign policy aide Jake Sullivan says Clinton ” does not view this as a political issue, she views this as a national security issue.”

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have reason to facilitate the attack, breaking with tradition to comment on a FBI active investigation.

Clinton, who has spent the last few days at her New York home, was briefed on the attack, says Sullivan. She has not commented on the incident but top campaign officials have previously suggested the goal was to benefit GOP rival Donald Trump’s campaign.

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10:31 a.m.

Donald Trump is calling out Vice President Joe Biden for misstating the GOP candidate’s rhetoric on bombing the Islamic State group.

Speaking to MSNBC, Biden criticized Trump for wanting to “carpet bomb” the extremist group, possibly killing civilians in the process.

Trump Tweeted: “Our not very bright vice president, Joe Biden, just stated that I wanted to ‘carpet bomb’ the enemy. Sorry Joe, that was Ted Cruz!”

It was Cruz who said during the GOP presidential debates that he would “carpet bomb” Islamic State group fighters.

Trump has said in radio ads that he would “bomb the hell out of” the group. And during a speech last year, Trump said of oil supplies that are controlled by the group: “I would bomb the s— out of them.” He added: “I’d blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.”

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10:16 a.m.

Aides to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi say she has raised more than $93 million for Democratic candidates trying to whittle down her chamber’s Republican majority in this November’s elections.

The aides said in a statement Wednesday that the sum includes $37 million she raised for House Democrats from April through June this year. Nearly $33 million of that amount was for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats’ fund-raising arm.

Both parties’ leaders are usually top money raisers for House candidates. Overall, hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by the parties, candidates and outside groups on House races.

Republicans hold a 247-188 House majority, including two vacant seats highly likely to remain Democratic.

Democrats would need to gain an unlikely 30 seats to win control.

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9:27 a.m.

Bernie Sanders is thanking New England delegates, telling them that “as of yesterday, I guess, officially our campaign ended.”

Sanders spoke to delegates from his home state of Vermont, along with those from New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island the morning after he urged the Democratic National Convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president.

He says he is trying to shift his movement to encourage people to run for office and fight for the issues he pushed for during his campaign.

Sanders adds he spoke to President Barack Obama on Tuesday night, saying, “he was kind enough to call.”

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9:22 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says the Democratic Party needs to do a better job connecting with white working class voters.

Biden tells MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the party has done “the right thing” for those voters, but “hasn’t spoken enough” to them.

One reason for the disconnect he suggested is that, “We’ve been consumed with crisis after crisis after crisis.”

He said the Obama administration has had the right policies in place to help these voters, but needs to do a better job of telling them.

Polls have shown Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton struggling to capture support from white male voters, while that group is attracted to Republican Donald Trump’s anti-establishment message.

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9:15 a.m.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is urging men to “stand and support strong women leaders” in the presidential election.

Kaine says the United States has lagged other countries in electing women political leaders. But the Democratic vice presidential nominee says the country has “an opportunity to do something magnificent” in electing Hillary Clinton as the first woman president.

Kaine is speaking at a breakfast with delegates from his home state, one of the country’s most important general election battlegrounds. He’s set to address the Democratic convention Wednesday night.

Kaine cast the contest between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump as a choice between building a “community of respect” or embracing “the politics of division.”

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7:58 a.m.

President Barack Obama says Republican Donald Trump “is somebody who likes attention and maybe surprised himself that he got this far.”

Obama tells NBC’s “Today Show” that Trump “doesn’t seem to have any plans or policies or proposals or specific solutions.”

The president made the comments in a taped interview aired Wednesday.

Asked about Trump’s remarks that he alone could fix the country’s problems, Obama said: “That’s not how our founders designed our system. We’re not a government where some strong man orders people around and banishes enemies.”

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7:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he worries about a President Donald Trump who would lack “basic knowledge about the world” and has shown no interest in learning more about it.

Obama says, what he thinks is “scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff.”

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama added the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t seem to know much about nuclear weapons, where countries are or the differences between the Sunni and Shiite branches of the Muslim religion.

The interview was aired on NBC’s “Today” the same day he is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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7:31 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t want Hillary Clinton to become president.

Biden tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that adversaries of the U.S. think it’s better to have someone “who doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing” in the White House than have somebody “as tough as Hillary.” He said Putin doesn’t want to see a united NATO or a united European Union.

Biden said he doesn’t know for sure if Russia was responsible for leaking embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee. But he said the leak is consistent with Russia’s past conduct.

He also said Republican Donald Trump and his running mate “don’t know what they’re talking about” when it comes to national security. Biden criticized Trump for wanting to break up U.S. alliances with NATO countries.

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3:23 a.m.

It was long ago and far away when Barack Obama snippily remarked, “You’re likable enough, Hillary.” It’s a lovefest now.

Shortly after Hillary Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination and declared the glass ceiling cracked and nearly shattered, her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton delivered an expansive and passionate testimonial Tuesday night. He offered a deeply personal — though sanitized — account of their relationship, a policy-driven ode to the “best darn change-maker I have ever met.”

Tonight, the current president is joining her party — for it is her party now — in making the case to the nation for electing the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.

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