Clinton Didn’t Seriously Consider Warren

Politico: “The Clinton campaign, which provided traveling reporters Friday night with a press release in background, bullet point form about the process, was carefully nudging narratives throughout. In late June, they purposefully seeded the same story to multiple reporters that the shortlist was Kaine, Warren and Castro—though they’d already all but ruled out Warren and Castro—in a successful effort to get stories out about the different possible factors that might make the decision, and to see the response those generated.”

Bloomberg Will Endorse Clinton

“Michael Bloomberg, who bypassed his own run for the presidency this election cycle, will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time address at the Democratic convention and make the case for Mrs. Clinton as the best choice for moderate voters in 2016,” the New York Times reports.

“The news is an unexpected move from Mr. Bloomberg, who has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000; was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican; and later became an independent.”

Sanders Wants DNC Chair Out

Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN that the release of DNC emails that prove that Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz needs to go.

Said Sanders: “I don’t think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC not only for these awful emails, which revealed the prejudice of the DNC, but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people, and I don’t think her leadership style is doing that.”

Clinton Campaign Says Russia Helping Trump

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager is alleging that Russian hackers are leaking Democratic National Committee emails critical of Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election in November,” CNN reports.

Said Robby Mook: “I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that’s disturbing.”

A must-read from Josh Marshall: Trump and Putin: Yes, It’s Really a Thing.

DNC Chair Won’t Speak at Convention

“The head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party’s convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee’s impartiality during the Democratic primary,” CNN reports.

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort ‘to keep the peace’ in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said.”

Democrats Still Grappling with Party Divisions

“The Democratic Party arrived here still divided over the results of its presidential primary season, with anger at the nominating process, the Clinton-Kaine ticket and hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee spilling into the party’s final meetings before the convention begins,” the Washington Post reports.

“On each count, supporters of Bernie Sanders found new reasons to bristle about their choice in November. Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Timothy Kaine as her running mate angered progressives who had lobbied for someone from their movement. The partial failure of a push to end the use of superdelegates — the party activists and elected officials who are unbound by the primary results — dredged up feelings that the Clinton-Sanders face-off had not been fair.”

How Clinton Picked Kaine

Washington Post: “The call came through at 7:32 p.m. Friday. Clinton offered the job, Kaine accepted and then the former secretary of state said: ‘Now, I don’t want to alarm you, but John Podesta is outside your building right now.'”

“So it was that a process begun in secret more than three months ago — which had remained a mystery throughout, even to those who were being vetted — came to its cloak-and-dagger conclusion.”

Is Trump a Racist?

Nicholas Kristof finds the evidence pretty compelling.

“Here we have a man who for more than four decades has been repeatedly associated with racial discrimination or bigoted comments about minorities, some of them made on television for all to see. While any one episode may be ambiguous, what emerges over more than four decades is a narrative arc, a consistent pattern — and I don’t see what else to call it but racism.”

Kaine Makes His Debut as Clinton’s Running Mate

Sen. Tim Kaine made his debut as Hillary Clinton’s running mate at Florida International University, “taking the stage with the soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee in bilingual Miami so that he could show off his Spanishl,” the Miami Herald reports.

Said Kaine: “Bienvenidos a todos. We’re going to be compañeros del alma.”

Michael Tomasky: “Holy crap. He killed it. I’m not trying to spin you. I’m sitting here in shock. Shock. Tim Kaine was unbelievable.”

A Trump Never Misses a Moment to Sell

Los Angeles Times: “Friday morning, on the heels of her well-received speech at the Republican National Convention, prospective first daughter Ivanka Trump showed just how much she takes after her father: Her official Twitter account tweeted, ‘Shop Ivanka’s look from her #RNC speech’ to her 1.97 million followers, and a link to a Macy’s page that featured the polyester-and-spandex “sleeveless studded sheath dress” from her eponymous fashion line.”

“The tweet must have worked; the $158 dress, which was made abroad, sold out.”

McAuliffe Would Appoint Kaine’s Successor

If Hillary Clinton wins, and Tim Kaine becomes vice president, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will get to appoint someone to the U.S. Senate.

Politico: “The buzz in McAuliffe land is that he can appoint a placeholder, like the 77-year-old Chuck Robb, or someone who is a longer-term option like Rep. Don Beyer, Creigh Deeds, Attorney General Mark Herring or Anne Holton, the education secretary who is also Kaine’s wife. Tom Periello, a one-term congressman who is now at the State Department, could also be an option. McAuliffe WILL NOT appoint himself, sources close to him say.”