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Bernie Sanders says that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's departure from the Democratic National Committee will "open the doors of the party to people who want real change." Bernie Sanders says that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's departure from the Democratic National Committee will "open the doors of the party to people who want real change."
PHILADELPHIA -

 The Latest on the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (all times EDT):
    
1:23 p.m.
    
Bernie Sanders says that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's departure from the Democratic National Committee will "open the doors of the party to people who want real change."
    
To roaring cheers from delegates in Philadelphia, Sanders also touted progressive wins in the Democratic party platform and over future nominating rules. Many of his supporters ?- frustrated by the primary process  and the recent leaked emails from Democratic party officials -? have been threatening protests at the DNC.
    
Sanders says his supporters should continue to push for the "transformation of American society."
    
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1:17 p.m.
    
Bernie Sanders is thanking his delegates at a meeting before the Democratic National Convention, saying "make no mistake about it, we have made history."
    
Sanders addressed over a thousand delegates packed into a ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Many of his supporters ?- frustrated by the primary process  and the recent leaked emails from Democratic party officials -? have been threatening protests at the DNC.
    
To wild cheers, Sanders said his candidacy proved that "the American people want a bold progressive agenda that takes on the billionaire class."
    
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1:00 p.m.
    
Former Vice President Al Gore is not attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
    
Spokeswoman Betsy McManus told The Tennessean newspaper that Gore has "obligations in Tennessee," but she did not elaborate.
    
Gore is one of eight Tennessee superdelegates, but he has not pledged his support to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
    
Gore was a Tennessee U.S. senator before joining Bill Clinton's presidential ticket in 1992. Gore lost the 2000 presidential race to Republican George W. Bush.
    
Since then Gore has become increasingly less active in electoral politics and more active in environmental causes, sharing the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for that effort.
    
Gore spoke on behalf of Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, but he did not attend the 2012 convention.
    
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12:08 p.m.
    
Hillary Clinton is offering a scathing critique of rival Donald Trump's foreign policy, saying she "doesn't understand people who trash talk about America."
    
Clinton slammed many of Trump's positions without mentioning his name. She vowed to stand by American allies, fight dictators and listen to the advice of military officials.
    
Clinton is speaking at the annual conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a non-profit that supports veterans, during a campaign swing through Charlotte, North Carolina.
    
Recent polling has shown active duty troops backing Trump over Clinton by more than a two to one margin.
    
Clinton noted her role as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, saying history-making position "takes a little getting used to even for me." The statement was unusual acknowledgement by Clinton that there may be some voters, particularly within the military, that take issue with a female commander-in-chief.
    
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11:40 a.m.
    
Tim Kaine is getting another chance to show off his Spanish skills in an interview with Spanish-language network Telemundo.
    
The network says Hillary Clinton's pick for her running mate will discuss immigration reform, the leak of Democratic National Committee emails and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, among other topics.
    
The interview will air on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
    
Kaine is fluent in Spanish thanks in part to a year in Honduras as a Catholic missionary before graduating from law school. The Clinton campaign is working hard to woo Hispanic voters and Kaine also opened his remarks in Spanish on Sunday when he was formally announced as Clinton's vice presidential pick.
    
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11:37 a.m.
    
The FBI has confirmed that agents are investigating a cyberattack involving the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the release this weekend in embarrassing emails.
    
In a statement Monday, the FBI said it was investigating a "cyber intrusion" affecting the DNC and was "working to determine the nature and scope of the matter."
    
The FBI said it will "continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."
    
Emails arising from the hack were posted over the weekend to WikiLeaks. Their release led party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation.
    
A cybersecurity firm that looked into the DNC breach found traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats' network - both of which have ties to the Russian government.
    
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11:31 a.m.
    
A delegate for Bernie Sanders says the yelling and chanting might not be over for outgoing Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
    
Karen Bernal, a Sanders delegate from Sacramento, Calif., said Monday that she expected disruptions if Wasserman Schultz takes the stage as planned. The Florida congresswoman was booed and heckled as she tried to speak to her home state delegation Monday after emails by her staff revealed some DNC members sided with Sanders in the Democratic primaries. Wasserman Schultz said she will gavel open and close the convention and then resign.
    
Bernal appeared at a news conference on behalf of an independent network of Sanders delegates. The coordinator of that effort, Norman Solomon, from Point Reyes Station, California, questioned the timing of her departure, saying: "She's resigning as of Friday? Why wait until Friday?"
    
Solomon, whose group communicates with 1,250 Sanders delegates, said Sanders delegates were weighing a number of floor protest actions this week. He said the Sanders campaign has not contacted his group to encourage them to not protest.
    
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11:05 a.m.
    
Bernie Sanders' delegates are waiting to see whether the Vermont senator frees them to vote for Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's roll call.
    
Nebraska delegate Jeff Leanna says the topic was a top discussion item at a breakfast meeting involving his state, Colorado and Nevada. He says regional members of the Clinton campaign were reaching out to some delegates to see if they would be willing to switch. Leanna says he's willing to cross over if Sanders agrees to release them during a private meeting with delegates Monday.
    
Louise Edington of Utah says most in her delegation also were discussing but not revealing what they might do. Sanders won that state with nearly 80 percent of the vote.
    
Sanders won 1,846 pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses.
    
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10:57 a.m.
    
Donald Trump will take questions from the public on a web forum during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.
    
The Republican presidential nominee will participate in an "Ask Me Anything" event Wednesday night on Reddit. Users can begin asking questions at 6:30 p.m. and Trump will start responding at 7 p.m.
    
No topics are off limits on the forums, which have become a popular Internet staple.
    
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Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, is boasting there will be many differences between the Democratic convention now getting under way in Philadelphia and last week's GOP convention in Cleveland.
    
Among them: the governor of Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf, has endorsed Clinton - unlike Ohio's GOP Gov. John Kasich, who has not backed Donald Trump and was conspicuously absent last week.
    
Mook also points out that Sen. Bernie Sanders has endorsed Clinton, and will be "doubling down" on that endorsement in a speech later Monday. In Cleveland, on the other hand, Sen. Ted Cruz withheld his backing for Trump and encouraged Republicans to vote their conscience.
    
Mook says the overall message is going to be "optimistic" and "hopeful" - "a big contrast to what we saw in Cleveland last week."
    
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9:56 a.m.
    
Hillary Clinton's campaign manager says there's no comparison between the disunity at the Republican convention and the state of the Democratic Party.
    
Robby Mook is noting that no living Republican presidents attended the GOP convention, nor did the governor of Ohio, which hosted the gathering. He says in contrast, "Everybody is actually showing up at our convention and they're endorsing Hillary Clinton."
    
He sidestepped questions about the role of ousted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's role at the convention. He says it was "her decision" to step down at the end of the convention.
    
Mook spoke to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast.
    
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9:54 a.m.
    
Vice President Joe Biden will hold his first campaign rally for Hillary Clinton next month in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
    
Biden had planned to campaign for Clinton earlier this month but postponed the event after five police officers were killed in Dallas. That incident also led Clinton's GOP rival Donald Trump to scrap events.
    
The White House says Biden will now travel to Scranton on August 15. The locale has dual significance - it's also where Clinton's father lived for years.
    
The rally will come nearly three weeks after Biden speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. Biden has endorsed Clinton and promised to campaign hard for her but was seen as a potential chief rival to her had he run for president. He opted out last year.
    
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9:38 a.m.
    
Furious protesters nearly drowned out Debbie Wasserman Schultz' speech to her home state delegation Monday, crowding the stage and screaming, "You're ruining our democracy!"
    
A row of police officers stood between the stage and the protesters as the Florida congresswoman, who is up for re-election, finished her speech. Several of her supporters stood on chairs and waved T-shirts bearing her name, whole some yelled at the Sanders' supporters to step back or sit down.
    
The Sanders' supporters held paper signs that said "E-mails" on one side and "Thanks for the 'help' Debbie," on the other.
    
Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she would step down from the party chairmanship after the convention this week. She was pressured to resign after hacked emails revealed the DNC may have favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the party's presidential primaries.
    
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9:30 a.m.
    
Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman says Donald Trump and Russian leader Valdimir Putin have "a kind of bromance going on."
    
John Podesta said he believes news reports that hacks of the Democratic National Committee's emails were orchestrated by Russian military intelligence agencies.
    
Podesta said on MSNBC Monday that there's, "a kind of bromance going on between Putin and Trump which is distinct from this leak."
    
The Republican presidential nominee has done business in Russia. Trump has spoken favorably of Putin as someone he could negotiate with, producing better relations between the U.S. and its former Cold War adversary.
    
Podesta says, "maybe it's simply just a mutual admiration society."
    
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9:22 a.m.
    
Outgoing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is being heckled at a breakfast of Florida delegates, with opponents shouting, "Shame!"
    
The Florida congresswoman announced Sunday that she would resign as the party's chair at the end of this week's Democratic National Convention.
    
Wasserman Schultz is telling the crowd during a raucous scene that "we have to make sure that we move together in a unified way." But supporters of Bernie Sanders shouted at her during her brief remarks to the breakfast.
    
Her ouster came after a firestorm over hacked emails that suggested the DNC favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries against Bernie Sanders.
    
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9:20 a.m.
    
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is downplaying turmoil in the Democratic Party, saying it "doesn't really matter" who is the party chair.
    
Pelosi blames the Russians for the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that revealed that party officials strategized against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton.
    
Pelosi says the matter should be "scrutinized," and "I do think there should be some examination of what happened at the DNC and action should be taken."
    
The revelations led party chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce she would step down after the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
    
Pelosi predicts that development will end up being "probably one of the most unimportant things that happened at the convention."
    
She made her comments at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News Monday in Philadelphia.
    
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