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Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama To Speak Monday Night At Democratic Convention

Shouts of "Bernie" interrupted the invocation at the Democratic Convention Monday afternoon, just after the event was called to order.

Monday was a dramatic day, including boos directed at Bernie Sanders (for telling his supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton) and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (for an email scandal showing committee members trying to undercut Sanders' campaign).

And as Rep. Marcia Fudge, new convention chair, took the stage expressing her support for Clinton and vice presidential pick Tim Kaine, the crowd erupted again each time she said the presumptive nominee's name, shouting "Bernie, Bernie."

Wasserman Schultz declined to gavel in the convention in hopes of starting the event off on a "positive note" — she handed off the duty to outgoing Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Sanders and first lady Michelle Obama are expected to speak, along with musical performances by Paul Simon and Demi Lovato.

  • Here is a partial program, from the DNC:
  • Boyz II Men
  • Clarissa Rodriguez, Texas Democratic National Delegate. At just 17, she is the youngest DNC national delegate.
  • Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
  • Marcia Fudge, new DNC chair, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio
  • Hilda Solis, former secretary of labor
  • Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayor of Baltimore
  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Arizona
  • John Podesta, Clinton campaign chairman
  • Demi Lovato, singer-songwriter
  • Astrid Silva, DREAMer sharing her story and her fight to keep families together
  • Jason and Jarron Collins, twin brothers and former professional basketball players
  • Sarah Silverman, comedian, actress and two-time Emmy Award winner
  • Paul Simon, American musician, singer-songwriter and actor
  • Mick Rossi, Carmen "CJ" Camerieri, Joel Guzman, Jim Oblon, Bakithi
  • Eva Longoria, actress
  • Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey
  • Michelle Obama
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont
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    Amita Kelly is a Washington editor, where she works across beats and platforms to edit election, politics and policy news and features stories.