WATCH: Stephen Colbert Invades the Stage at the DNC

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is live all week, and Colbert was pretty funny last night. The best part of the show was a pre-taped bit with Colbert on the DNC floor on Sunday in his Julius Flickerman character, a take on Stanley Tucci’s character from Hunger Games.

It’s pretty great. As Colbert said after the bit, “None of that was staged.”

Out-of-Town Reporters Bash Philadelphia as DNC Host

The first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention is over, and speeches from Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama went over pretty well. Those who care about these kinds of things said it was a well-orchestrated convention. But it’s what happened after politicians, delegates, and journalists left the Wells Fargo Center that’s making Philadelphia look bad.

Not only are out-of-town political reporters bashing Philadelphia’s handling of the DNC — mainly over traffic issues — they’re saying that Columbus would have been a better choice to host it. Columbus! Combination college towns/state capitals are generally nice places to visit and live, but Philadelphia can’t be a worse place to host a big event than Columbus, can it? Read more »

Bernie Sanders: “Hillary Clinton Must Become the Next President”

Former Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

Former Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

Bernie Sanders used what was likely the biggest platform he’ll have for the foreseeable future to give a ringing endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president during the Democratic National Convention Monday night.

Sanders, whose supporters were demonstrating near the convention hall and around the city on Monday and over the weekend, also used the speech to rehearse the issues that defined his insurgent campaign, which went much further than maybe people believed it could when he announced his intention to run.

Expanding access to healthcare. Regulating Wall Street banks. Reducing the cost of college. Appointing Supreme Court justices who will overturn the Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates of money in politics. On all those issues, Sanders said, Clinton is the candidate who can make real progress. He lambasted her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, as self-interested and bent on dividing the country.

“We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger, not leadership which insults Latinos and Mexicans, insults Muslims and women, African-Americans and veterans, and seeks to divide us up,” Sanders said. “By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.” Read more »

Womp Womp: Nobody’s Cheering for Philly at the DNC

Photo by Jared Brey

Photo by Jared Brey

One of my favorite things about big crowds is that you can sometimes make them scream and wave their arms around just by saying the name of the town they happen to be in at the moment.

Touring musicians do it to great effect. Politicians usually do, too. It’s not such a complicated thing: People like to have their location acknowledged. Even if you have nothing else in common with the rest of your crowd, you can all agree that you are in the same place, and that’s something to celebrate.

But the delegates gathered at the Wells Fargo Center for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia seem to be malfunctioning in this regard. Since the convention officially began at 4:30 p.m., there have been virtually no spontaneous outbursts of applause at the mention of our fair city.

Earlier, New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey leaned into the microphone to emphatically enunciate, “The City of Brotherly Love.” She left a healthy pause afterward for the inevitable cheers. But no. Nothing! Read more »

Flash Flood Warning Issued for Philadelphia Area as DNC Begins

iStockphoto.com MihailUlianikov

iStockphoto.com MihailUlianikov

The National Weather service has issued a flash flood warning for the Philadelphia area as of 7:17 p.m., as thousands have descended upon the city for the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

When the warning was issued, two inches of rain had already fallen in and around the city. The warning is in effect until 11:15 p.m. In addition to Philadelphia, the warning is in place for parts of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania and parts of Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. Read more »

Bernie Sanders Faces Backlash After Urging Delegates to Support Clinton

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to his delegates in Philadelphia Monday  — and all did not go as planned.

The speech started off well, with cheering and chanting of “Feel the Bern” almost drowning out the senator’s speech. And for the majority of the speech, Sanders spoke on many of his accomplishments and the accomplishments of his “political revolution.” It almost felt like he was still on the campaign trail.  Read more »

WATCH: City Removes Mississippi Flags From Broad Street

Police Commissioner Richard Ross (center) discusses protest marches on the first day of the DNC.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross (center) discusses protest marches on the first day of the DNC.

So far, so good.

That was the message Police Commissioner Richard Ross delivered late Monday afternoon, as protesters marched through the city amid record heat on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

The most notable issue — aside from the suffocating humidity — was that a group of demonstrators had held a sit-in on Broad Street near Passyunk Avenue to protest the Mississippi state flag, which was dangling from a light pole.

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Dept. of Minor Miracles: Nobody Is Parked on the Broad Street Median Today

Look Ma, no cars in the median! | Photos: Holly Otterbein

Look Ma, no cars in the median! | Photos: Holly Otterbein

This morning, South Philly residents awoke to see something most of them had never seen in their lifetimes: South Broad Street completely free of parked cars in its median.

That was the first miracle. The second was this: the Philadelphia Parking Authority only had to tow away a handful of them.  Read more »

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