On Wednesday, doctors in Israel performed unprecedented surgery on a Syrian brown bear named Mango. The 19-year-old bear suffered from a slipped disc, which had left his back legs paralyzed, the Daily Mail reported.
Veterinarians will monitor Mango's recovery in the coming weeks, but the photograph of this 550-pound animal, with a shaved back and an IV line and a blood-pressure cuff, is a reminder that even the most ferocious-looking creatures sometimes need a hand from their docs. Below, several more exotic patients. --Sarah Eberspacher
August 7, 2012: Fafa, an 18-year-old lioness, undergoes a CT scan in Brazil. | (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
September 10, 2011: Veterinarians give a male baboon a dental treatment in Medellin, Colombia. | (REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera)
September 15, 2011: Male lion Tyson receives dental work at a veterinary clinic in Medellin, Colombia. | (REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) slammed Donald Trump during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, accusing him of using the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to "make a quick buck."
Crowley, who lost his cousin on 9/11, said while serving as a senator in New York, Hillary Clinton "never gave up" on aiding first responders and was "there with us when the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was finally passed. Where was Donald Trump in the days and months and years after 9/11? He didn't stand at the pile, he didn't lobby Congress for help, he didn't fight for the first responders. Nope." Trump, the owner of 40 Wall Street, "cashed in," Crowley said, "collecting $150,000 in federal funds intended to help small businesses recover, even though days after the attack, Trump said his properties were not affected."
Clinton secured the funds to "help local mom and pop shops get back on their feet," Crowley continued. "Donald Trump sought out a payday for his empire. It was one of our nation's darkest days, but to Trump it was just another chance to make a quick buck. Hillary has never and will never forget the reality of that day, and that's why she will never give up on making us a better and stronger nation." Catherine Garcia
One of the original policy differences between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders — and a rare area of agreement between Sanders and Donald Trump — is President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations (but not China). Clinton originally supported the TPP, but after the details were released, she joined Sanders (and Trump) in opposing the deal. On Tuesday, after talking at the Democratic National Convention, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) told Politico that if elected, she would support TPP again, with unspecified changes.
McAuliffe, a longtime friend and ally of the Clintons, started off talking about his own views. "I worry that if we don't do TPP, at some point China's going to break the rules — but Hillary understands this," he said. "Once the election's over, and we sit down on trade, people understand a couple things we want to fix on it but going forward we got to build a global economy." Politico asked if that meant Clinton would also support TPP. "Yes," he said. "Listen, she was in support of it. There were specific things in it she wants fixed." If Democrats win back the Senate and House, he said, "if we get enough things done, enough opportunities to change TPP, I'm optimistic going forward," McAuliffe said. "We cannot let China write these rules for 11 other countries."
Clinton national campaign chairman John Podesta quickly quashed McAuliffe's statements:
Love Gov. McAuliffe, but he got this one flat wrong. Hillary opposes TPP BEFORE and AFTER the election. Period. Full stop.
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) July 27, 2016
Democrats can blamed the leaked hacked Democratic National Committee emails on Russia, but McAuliffe's stepping on Clinton's unity-fest is a self-inflicted injury. Peter Weber
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
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
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
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
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 26, 2016
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