MSNBC political analysts Eugene Robinson and Nicolle Wallace react to comedian Sarah Silverman's speech to the Democratic National Convention and her admonition to the Bernie-or-Bust supporters that they're being ridiculous. watch
Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, discuss the allegations and evidence that Russian military intelligence and intelligence agency hackers are behind the theft of DNC e-mails given to Wikileaks. watch
Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP, Bernie Sanders supporter and now Hillary Clinton endorser, discusses the hard political work taking place at the Democratic National Convention and why he is satisfied with the progress made with the Democratic Party. watch
Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, compares the Ted Cruz drama on the RNC opening night and the Bernie Sanders drama on the DNC opening night and where there are similarities between the supporters for Sanders and Cruz. watch
Rachel Maddow shows how even Bernie Sanders was booed by his own supporters when he emphasized the importance of electing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, causing alarm over how far the disruptions would go. watch
* Another mass shooting, Part I: "At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured after a shooting outside a Florida nightclub hosting an event for teens, officials said early Monday.... Some of the victims are as young as 12, according to authorities."
* Another mass shooting, Part II: "Four people were killed during a shooting at a Texas apartment complex on Saturday night, police said. The victims included a three-year-old boy, two women and a man, Bastrop Police Department said in a statement. The shooter was among the dead, police said."
* Afghanistan: "Three suicide bombers killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 230 others at a protest in Kabul on Saturday, according to the Afghan interior ministry, where thousands had gathered to demonstrate against plans to reroute a new power line."
* Iraq: "A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four policemen, a police officer said. At least 31 other people were wounded, he added."
* Germany: "The Syrian who blew himself up in southern Germany, wounding 15 people, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State on a video found on his mobile phone, the Bavarian interior minister said on Monday."
* Turkey's crackdown is far from finished: "One journalist, who was on vacation, had his home raided in the early morning by the police. Others were called in to their bosses' offices last week and fired, with little explanation. Dozens of reporters have had their press credentials revoked. A pro-government newspaper, meanwhile, published a list of names and photographs of journalists suspected of treachery."
Late last week, as Donald Trump made claims about the U.S. crime rate that were demonstrably untrue, many began to wonder why the campaign was presenting fiction as fact. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, said the FBI's data may show a steady decline in the crime rate, but Americans shouldn't necessarily trust the FBI. Federal law enforcement, Manafort argued, is "suspect these days."
Three days later, Don Trump Jr. appeared on CNN in his official capacity as a campaign surrogate, and Jake Tapper reminded him that not only has the crime rate improved, but "unemployment is much, much lower than when President Obama took office. Trump Jr. wasn't impressed.
"These are artificial numbers, Jake. These are numbers that are massaged to make the existing economy look good and make the administration look good when in fact it's a total disaster."
It prompted the Huffington Post's Sam Stein to note, "So, to be clear, the Trump campaign trusts the National Enquirer but not the Bureau of Labor Statistics."
It's a good line, which has the benefit of being true. Donald Trump Sr. was singing the National Enquirer's praises on Friday, touting the tabloid's credibility, when talking up his conspiracy theory involving Ted Cruz's father and the JFK assassination. Two days later, Donald Trump Jr. said the Labor Department is "massaging" the job numbers.
This has been a common complaint among far-right voices who've struggled to explain President Obama's jobs record. The conspiracy theory is common enough to have picked up a label: "Unemployment truthers."
For much of the political world, the focus in recent days has been on the content of stolen Democratic National Committee emails, and the degree to which they prove hostility between party officials and their critics in Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. As of yet, there's no proof the DNC "rigged" the process to help Hillary Clinton, but the ugly controversy has nevertheless led to the ouster of the DNC outgoing chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
But taking a step back, a related controversy, which is arguably far more serious, is unfolding. It's focused not on what the individual emails say, but rather, the theft itself.
The DNC email leak ... remains under investigation by the FBI.
"A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace," the bureau said in a statement Monday.
NBC News' Richard Engel added this afternoon that three leading U.S. cyber-security companies told NBC News "they have a high degree of confidence" that Russia was responsible for the leaking of the DNC materials.
As we discussed this morning, the available evidence is raising questions about Vladimir Putin's government and its possible intervention in the American presidential campaign, but we're still dealing with unproven allegations. A growing number of experts appear to believe Russian officials were responsible for the hacking and the leaking, but the investigation has not come to definitive conclusions.
But while that probe continues, relevant details continue to raise concerns about the seriousness of the controversy. Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff reports today, for example, that a DNC staffer who was researching Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's ties to Russia's government found that her personal email account had been hacked.
The staffer's private account was targeted after she'd reached out to a number of investigative journalists abroad "who had been providing her with information about Manafort's political and business dealings in that country and Russia."
Two weeks ago, I published a warning of sorts: "Don't be shocked if Trump's narrow deficit turns into a narrow advantage after the Republican National Convention."
How does that hold up? As of this morning, pretty well.
A pair of new polls out Monday give a conflicting picture of whether Donald Trump emerged from the Republican National Convention with a significant bump in support.
In a new survey from CNN, Trump now leads Clinton in a head-to-head matchup, 48 percent to 45 percent.... But a new poll from CBS shows that the two candidates remain tied after the Cleveland convention, at 42 percent apiece, compared to 40 percent apiece before the conventions began.
Adding third-party candidates to the mix doesn't change the equation much: Trump still has a modest lead in the CNN poll, while the major-party candidates are still tied in the CBS poll.
One detail to keep in mind is the ongoing significance of the education gap: in the CNN poll, among white voters with college degrees, Hillary Clinton leads by four points, but among white voters without college degrees, Donald Trump enjoys a 37-point advantage. (Trump's boast earlier this year, "I love the poorly educated," comes to mind.)*
Maybe now is a good time to pause and take stock of where things stand.
Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
* According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, 90% of consistent Bernie Sanders supporters are backing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
* Though Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he's now shifting his posture to coincide with Hillary Clinton's opposition to the trade agreement.
* Donald Trump says he'd consider Michael Flynn, a controversial retired Army general, to be his Secretary of Defense if elected, but no matter what happens in the election, that won't happen: Flynn isn't eligible for the Pentagon post.
* Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-Independent, will reportedly endorse Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention this week.
* Ambassador Chris Stevens's mother is publicly objecting to Trump's and the GOP's partisan exploitation of her son's death in 2012. "I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection," Mary Commanday wrote in a New York Times letter to the editor. "I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign."
* With the White House supporting Kamala Harris's (D) U.S. Senate campaign in California this year, her rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D), is trying to make this into a racial controversy because Harris and President Obama are both African American.