July 26, 2014

An Illinois double murder suspect has filed a 15-count complaint to a local judge about conditions in jail. He says his prison meals are boring and that the towels are too small. Adam Landerman, 21, also complains that breakfast is served at the indecent hour of 6:15 a.m., and that the books in the library aren't up to date. "We're not a hotel; we're a jail," responded Will County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas. The Week Staff

9:05 p.m. ET
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The Mothers of the Movement — seven women whose black sons and daughters were killed due to gun violence — spoke about their kids and their hope for other children Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention.

"I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will save our children's lives," Geneva Reed-Veal, whose daughter, Sandra Bland, died in a jail cell in Texas after a traffic stop, said. "She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it's not just a loss, it's a personal loss, it's a national loss, it's a loss that diminishes all of us." Lucy McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed over loud music, recalled that she spoke with her son about violence against young black men. "This is a conversation that no parent should ever have with their child. Hillary Clinton isn't afraid to say that Black Lives Matter. She doesn't build walls around her heart."

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said she never wanted to be in the spotlight, but will do everything possible to "focus some of this light" on stopping gun violence. "Hillary Clinton has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers," Fulton said. "She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation." It's not about "being politically correct," she continued. "This is about saving our children." Fulton ended her speech by telling the crowd she'd like to leave them with "what God has given us: strength, love, and peace." Catherine Garcia

8:37 p.m. ET

Former Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the beginning of Tuesday's Democratic National Convention spotlight on social justice and Hillary Clinton. He began by saying he was "proud to be with her, because I've seen that she has the skills to be commander-in-chief, and the strength to lead our already great nation in this hour of challenge and consequence — now did you hear what I just said? Already great nation. Donald, did you hear me? Already great nation."

He said that our criminal justice system is "out of balance," with one in three black men destined for jail, and as America struggles with having to consider "whether black lives really matter — and they do" — "we need a president who will end this policy of over-incarceration." Unlike what you might hear from Republicans, violent crime has gone down since President Obama took office and it will continue to drop under President Hillary Clinton, Holder said, and then he turned to Republican-backed voter ID laws and moves to reduce voting stations in minority areas. "We need a president sensitive to these echoes of Jim Crow," and GOP moves to enact a "modern day poll tax," he said. "Hillary Clinton will be that president," promoting early voting and universal automatic registration. You can watch Holder's even-keeled broadside below. Peter Weber

8:20 p.m. ET

During roll call at the Democratic National Convention, one person's vote made Bernie Sanders' eyes tear up.

As a Democrats Abroad delegate, his older brother, Larry Sanders, stood up and said a few words about the senator. He first stated the names of their parents — Eli and Dorothy — and said that they didn't have easy lives and died young. "They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments," Larry Sanders said. "They loved him." His voice swelling with emotion, he proclaimed, "With enormous pride, I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders." The senator, who minutes later would move that Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee, was clearly touched, and could be seen choking up. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

7:57 p.m. ET

When Donald Trump made his (first) dramatic entrance at the Republican National Convention last week, his silhouette appearing as "We Are the Champions" blared in the background, you could already imagine the parodies to come.

On Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, actress Elizabeth Banks did her best impersonation of Trump's blustery entrance, then went in for a dig. "Some of you know me from The Hunger Games, in which I play Effie Trinket, a cruel out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches to a violent dystopia," she said. "When I tuned into Cleveland last week, I was like, 'Hey, that's my act.'" Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

7:56 p.m. ET

Former Jimmy Carter was the first of three Democratic presidents to address the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, congratulating both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders for having a tough primary in which both candidates "comported themselves with dignity." Speaking to the convention in a short video, Carter said that he hired Clinton, then a young attorney, for the Legal Services Corp., where she became the first female chairman. Since then, "as you know, Hillary has always shown a willingness to take on the most difficult challenges, and to get things done," as a champion for human rights with a "strong heart" and a "steady hand."

Carter urged young voters to "stay engaged, stay involved, and be sure to vote this November," and said he's confident that "a united Democratic Party will prevail in November." Former President Bill Clinton speaks later on Tuesday night, and President Obama speaks at Wednesday night's convention. No former Republican presidents attended last week's Republican National Committee, much less endorsed Donald Trump. Bob Dole was the only living GOP presidential nominee to show up at the Cleveland convention. Peter Weber

7:26 p.m. ET

Monday night was Bernie Sanders' night at the Democratic National Convention, with some Sanders delegates chanting and booing throughout the proceedings. On Tuesday morning, Sanders again urged his supporters to vote for Clinton in November, and after his home state of Vermont recorded their votes in the evening's nominating roll call, Sanders rose. "Madame chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules," he said. "I move that all votes, all votes be recorded by delegates be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."

As Sanders exited the convention floor and enthusiastic Bernie backers in the Vermont delegation waved Clinton signs, the chairwoman noted Sanders' call for suspending the rules and nominating Clinton by acclamation — as Clinton had done for primary rival Barack Obama in 2008 — and the ayes had it. Peter Weber

7:06 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton is the first woman to ever win a major party's nomination for president in the United States, and her first tweet after the announcement reflected the enormity of the moment:

Clinton also gave a nod to Sen. Bernie Sanders, her rival in the Democratic primary, who moved during the Democratic National Convention's roll call that she become the nominee. Catherine Garcia

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