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Tonight at the DNC: Hillary Clinton’s fight song and more

The final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will bring Hillary Clinton to the stage to accept the nomination for president, make history and officially launch the general election campaign.

Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother.

Before Clinton’s speech, delegates will hear from a number of speakers, including U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore from Wisconsin.

Featured performers will include Star Swain, Carole King, Sheila E + Family and Katy Perry.


Onstage at the DNC on July 28

The program for the fourth night at the Wells Fargo Center, as provided by the DNCC, follows:

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EDT) 

Call to Order
U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

Archbishop from Greek Orthodox Church, Reverend Bernice King, Native American Gov. Eddie Torres, Sr. Mary Scullion

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem
Star Swain

President of the League of Conservation Voters Gene Karpinski

Minnesota State Representative Peggy Flanagan

U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (Florida)

Former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa

Former South Carolina State Representative Bakari Sellers

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jamie Harrison

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (California)


President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin

U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond (Louisiana)

Colorado House Majority Leader State Representative Crisanta DuranRemarks
U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)

Tennessee State Representative Raumesh Akbari

Nevada State Senator Ruben J. Kihuen

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (Missouri)

Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (New York) and LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride

Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta

U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty (Ohio)

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

U.S. Senate Candidate Katie McGinty (Pennsylvania)

U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (Illinois)

6:00 – 10:00 PM (EDT)Musical Performance
Carole King

U.S. Representative James Clyburn (South Carolina)

Hillary for America Director of States and Political Engagement Marlon Marshall

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and the Democratic Women of the Senate

Hillary for America Latino Vote Director Lorella Praeli

U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (Texas)

Musical Performance
Sheila E + Family

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

On the economy

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (Ohio)

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

Introduction of Speakers
Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen

Henrietta Ivey
She is a home care worker Hillary Clinton met while campaigning in Michigan who is helping to lead the Fight for $15.

Dave Wills
He is an 8th grade social studies teacher in Guilford County, NC and has over $35,000 in student debt.

Beth Mathias
She works two jobs and her husband works the nightshift at a factory in Ohio. Hillary Clinton met her at a roundtable in Marion.

Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed
She was fired from her job at a pizza restaurant for asking her boss why she was paid 25 cents less than her male co-worker and friend, Jake. 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

“Americans for Hillary”

Doug Elmets
Former Reagan Administration official

Jennifer Pierotti Lim
Director of Health Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Co-Founder of Republican Women for Hillary

Tribute to Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez

Jennifer Loudon, Wayne Walker, Wayne Owens, Barbara Owens
Family members of fallen law enforcement officers

“An Inclusive America”Remarks
Reverend William Barber

Introduction of Film
Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

Khizr Khan
Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun S. M. Khan, was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Military supportRemarks
U.S. Representative Ted Lieu (California)

General John Allen (ret. USMC), former Commander, International Security Assistance Forces, and Commander, United States Forces – Afghanistan

Florent Groberg
Retired U.S. Army Captain Florent “Flo” Groberg was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s top award for valor in combat, by President Barack Obama after serving in Afghanistan.

Chloe Grace Moretz

U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (California)

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Musical Performance
Katy Perry

10:00 – 11:00 PM (EDT)

Introduction of Hillary Clinton
Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Reverend Bill Shillady

Pop and politics: Some campaigns hit high notes, some just off-key

Right-wing presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stepped forward, hands clasped, arms raised, signaling triumph, imitating Rocky Balboa.

Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” anthem blared as a crowd cheered the homophobic former governor of Arkansas and an anti-gay public servant who refused to do her job and carry out her oath of office.

Perhaps they should have chosen “Dixie,” because soon after the grandstanding, Survivor issued a statement from founder Jim Peterik on Facebook: “NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use ‘My Tune — The Eye Of The Tiger.’ I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!”

Fueled by an Onion-like website, rumors circulated that Survivor would file a $1.2 million copyright infringement suit against Davis and Huckabee. No suit followed. However, Peterik sought a cease-and-desist letter from his publisher and joined the chorus of other musicians who have decried and denounced politicians — most of them Republicans — for misappropriating their musical messages or infringing on copyrights.

Neil Young tangled with Donald Trump earlier this summer, alleging the candidate was not authorized to use “Rockin’ in the Free World” in his campaigns. 

Trump and Ted Cruz heard from Michael Stipe of R.E.M. after using “It’s the End of the World as We Know It.” The singer-songwriter informed both candidates, “Go f*ck yourselves.”

Dropkick Monkeys sounded a similar refrain in January, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stepped onto the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” “Please stop using our music in any way … we literally hate you!!!” the band tweeted.

There’s a history of rockers and pop stars objecting to Republicans playing their songs:

Heart repeatedly asked Sarah “Barracuda” Palin to stop playing “Barracuda” at her rallies and again at the GOP convention in 2008. In the same campaign, Jackson Browne curbed John McCain’s use of “Running on Empty.” Tom Petty ordered Michele Bachmann to cease and desist playing “American Girl” in 2011. Rush challenged Rand Paul’s right to use “Spirit of the Radio” in 2010. David Byrne sued Charlie Crist — before his conversion to Democrat — for using “Road to Nowhere” in 2010 campaign ads. Isaac Hayes objected to Bob Dole’s campaign rewriting “Soul Man” to “Dole Man.” John Mellencamp, who has said he’s as “left wing as you can get,” acted to stop Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and McCain from co-opting “Our Country,” “Pink Houses” and “ROCK in the USA.”

And, perhaps most famously, Bruce Springsteen took on Ronald Reagan for using “Born in the USA” at campaign rallies. Springsteen went on to object when Dole and Pat Buchanan used the song.

It’s not that Springsteen is apolitical. When Barack Obama closed out his 2012 campaign in Madison, Springsteen was onstage and opened the rally with “No Surrender.”

Springsteen hasn’t publicly endorsed a candidate for 2016, but Neil Young is in Bernie Sanders’ camp. After demanding Trump stop playing his music, Young gifted “Rockin’ in the Free World” to the Vermont senator. Other Sanders supporters include Buckwheat Zydeco, Belinda Carlisle, drummer Jon Fishman of Phish, bassist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Henry Rollins, Roger Waters and Lucinda Williams. 

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton supporters include 50 Cent, Paula Abdul, ASAP Rocky, Tony Bennett, Beyonce, Jon Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Carole King, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Tim McGraw, Ricky Martin, Moby, Morrissey, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Faith Hill, Ice-T, Elton John, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry.

Clinton included music by some of those artists on her first campaign playlist, released when she kicked off her campaign in Central Park, arriving onstage to Sara Bareille’s “Brave.” That song is on the 14-tune playlist, along with Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” and “Believer,” and Perry’s “Roar.”

Perry, in a tweet, offered to write a campaign song for the former secretary of state, senator and first lady: “I told @hillaryclinton that I would write her a ‘theme’ song if she needs it.”

Clinton replied: “Well that’s not a Hard Choice. You already did! Keep letting us hear you Roar.”

So, it’s a good bet there will be no objection from the musician when “Roar” rallies the crowds at campaign stops and Clinton arrives to the lyrics, “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire/’Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar.”

WiGWAG | Nuns vs. Katy Perry, Leo’s eco campaign, and more

Tweeting typos

Twitter users had a gas responding to a recent tweet from the Boston Globe. Providing an update on the killing of four Marines at a recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Globe said: “Ed Reinhold, FBI, says FBI has investifarted about 70 leads already.” Responses to the typo soon followed. One tweeted: “The FBI is off to a good fart, but sulfur they haven’t found any connections. Time to stop methane around and step on the gas!”

Runway pay gap

While the pay gap between men and women stubbornly persists, it’s refreshing that there’s one industry in which the women kick the guys’ butts on payday: modeling. Forbes compiled figures that show female models make millions more than their male counterparts. The highest paid female supermodel is Gisele Bundchen (now retired), who brought home $47 million worth of bacon in 2014. Sean O’Pry, the most handsomely compensated male model, earned only $1.5 million in 2013.

Nuns vs. Katy Perry

A legal fight continues in Los Angeles, where two Catholic nuns say they so object to Katy Perry that they must object to the pop star’s proposed purchase of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s convent. The property is valued at $15 million and consists of eight acres and a villa. The nuns say they would be violating their canonical vows if they were forced to sell to Perry. The alternative is to sell to a developer. 

Loving Leo

Leonardo DiCaprio announced on Twitter that the environmental foundation he created after filming Titanic is handing out $15 million to such groups as Amazon Watch, Save the Elephants and the World Wildlife Fund. “The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” DiCaprio said. His foundation supports projects in more than 40 countries.

Lower learning

A philosophy professor left his job at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, after the evangelical school adopted a statement affirming a belief in God as the creator of humanity. The professor had managed an online forum focused on the intersection of faith and science. He said he was leaving so he wouldn’t cause any tension.


A truck hauling portable toilets containing human waste crashed on an Interstate in Bellingham, Washington, causing a 5-mile backup. A HAZMAT team pumped up 20 gallons of the mess. The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted that traffic was “constipated” during the “pottypocalypse.”

Math and marijuana

Evergreen Cannabis in the Evergreen State of Washington got hit with a violation after a store clerk sold pot to a minor. The penalty for such a sale is a $2,500 fine and a 10-day suspension from sales. The co-owner identified the problem as a math error. The clerk miscalculated when trying to determine from a driver’s license the age of the customer, who was just a few months shy of 21. We know what you’re thinking.

Sweet prince

Prince William, second in line to the throne of England, made history by taking a job as a civilian. He’ll give all his earnings to charity. The prince of a guy is piloting an air ambulance, with a four-days-on, four-days-off schedule to balance work, family and royal life. William said work as a medical emergency helicopter pilot is a natural progression from his service as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot.

Stubborn snow

August is upon us, but don’t tell that to the dirt-covered snow that still hasn’t completely melted since being dumped at a defunct Buffalo railroad station after last November’s record-breaking storm. Two snow piles nearly 10 feet high in some spots are still melting. The two piles resemble earthen berms because the snow is covered with a thick layer of dirt with grass growing on it. 


San Francisco now has nine public walls covered with a repellant paint that makes pee spray back on the offender’s shoes and pants. It’s the city’s latest attempt to clean up urine-soaked alleyways and walls. Signs reading “Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place,” hang above some walls. The paint has proved effective on walls in Hamburg’s St. Pauli quarter, where beer drinkers often can’t be bothered to find a bathroom.

Rodman’s got Trump’s rump

When former Bull Dennis Rodman tweeted his support for Donald Trump’s presidential bid, maybe it was payback. Not so long ago, all the sane people in the world took Rodman to task for his “basketball diplomacy” trips to North Korea. During one such trip, he sang “Happy Birthday” to BFF Kim Jong Un and blamed an American missionary imprisoned there for his arrest. But Trump called the trips “smart,” saying Rodman is “a lot better than what we have” in the White House. 

Katy Perry: Female anthems make me ideal Super Bowl performer

Katy Perry says her female empowerment anthems make her the ideal Super Bowl halftime performer after an NFL season shadowed by highly publicized domestic violence cases involving players.

Perry was in discussions with the league last year as it faced scrutiny over its handling of incidents including Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s elevator assault of his then-fiancee.

“It wasn’t an image problem, it was a problem,” Perry said in an interview last week. “We were all watching and asking ourselves questions about what this year would mean. But I think that the problem that the NFL is dealing with is a global problem … we need to work out — or educate people on.

“I’m all about female empowerment and uplifting people’s spirits, and people finding their own voice with songs like ‘Roar’ and ‘Firework,’ so maybe there is no better person” for the show, Perry added. “Hopefully I can bring that incredible strength and empowerment to people through the performance.”

Perry promised a 12-minute mash-up of her hits, humor, multiple costume changes, at least two distinct “worlds” and special guests including Lenny Kravitz. She wouldn’t comment on reports that she would perform an unreleased song.

The Super Bowl’s massive TV audience — more than 110 million people last year — makes the halftime show a much sought-after gig for musicians. So much so that the NFL reportedly asked Perry and other finalists to pay for the privilege of performing Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Perry adamantly didn’t agree to that.

“I put my foot down very early in the courtship. I said, ‘Look guys, here’s where I draw a line in the sand,’” she said. “I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print. I stuck to my position … I don’t even care if my contract leaks. … I have nothing to hide, basically.”

The heavily scrutinized broadcast has led to controversy in the past — from Janet Jackson’s 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” to M.I.A.’s middle finger flash when she assisted Madonna in 2012. Perry, 30, said she isn’t about to risk anything with her biggest single audience ever.

“Everything I’ve done in my career hasn’t been blatant this or that. It’s always with a wink. It’s a soft-serve sexiness,” Perry said. “My intention is that everyone talks about the music and nothing else. … Sometimes you can’t control other people. But I will control myself.”

On the Web



Dialing for divas

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel is one of those larger-than-life performers whose brilliance can’t really be captured in a recording studio. But you can hear her shine on the live “Chess in Concert” CD and especially on her new disc “Live: Barefoot at the Symphony.” Intended as a companion to her live DVD, the disc covers virtually all the bases, including songs from “Rent” and “Wicked.” A born storyteller, Menzel regales the audience with personal anecdotes about Barbra Streisand, appearing on “Glee” and falling in love with a gay drama teacher.

Liza Minnelli

Like Idina Menzel, with whom she shares much in common, Liza Minnelli recently released a live disc. Part of the “Legends of Broadway” series, Minnelli’s “Live at the Winter Garden” isn’t on par with the celebrated “Liza with a Z” album. It does, however, possess a pleasing pleasantness. Patter songs, such as “And I in my Chair” and the politically incorrect “Exactly Like Me,” and such covers as “Quiet Thing” and Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” make the disc recommended for hardcore and casual fans alike.

“End of the Rainbow”

In the show “End of the Rainbow,” British actress Tracie Bennett portrayed Liza’s mother Judy Garland on London’s West End – and now on Broadway – to great acclaim. The 12-track cast recording “Tracie Bennett Sings Judy: Songs from the Broadway production ‘End of the rainbow’ and other Garland Classics” features such Garland standards as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Zing Went the Strings of my Heart” and “Get Happy.”


Still shameless and somewhat out of touch after all these years, Madonna follows up the worst album of her career (“Hard Candy”) with one that isn’t much better. The drug that Madonna’s “MDNA” most closely resembles is Milk of Magnesia. Clearly, Madonna is in desperate need of new songwriting partners – just listen to the embarrassing “I’m Addicted” and then book the Material Mom into Hazelden. She could also use a decent therapist (check out the vitriol and violence on “Gang Bang” and “I Don’t Give A”). Mostly derivative (“Give me All            Your Luvin’ ”) and dull (“Superstar”), “MDNA” tries to redeem itself with “I’m a Sinner” and “Falling Free.”

Katy Perry

We have Madonna to blame for train wrecks such as Katy Perry. Madonna gave a whole generation of teenile performers of questionable talents (hello, Britney!) permission to strut their limited stuff. On the expanded reissue of her mega-bestselling sophomore spin “Teenage Dream,” Perry trades in the faux-pink pre-fab rock snarl of her ridiculously popular debut disc and aims her sites on Lady Gaga’s dance diva crown. A little long in the tooth to be anyone’s “teenage dream,” Perry does her best Ke$ha (remember her?) on “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg (why?), is a gooey concoction, and “Peacock” never takes wing. “The One That Got Away,” yet another cookie-cutter Max Martin composition, and the squirm-worthy “Hummingbird Heartbeat” don’t help. But the album’s centerpiece “Circle the Drain” is a knockout, and “Not Like the Movies” does reel in listeners. Only the acoustic version “Part of Me” qualifies as a bonus among the bonus tracks.


Rihanna sharpened her focus on the dance floor with her “Talk That Talk” (def Jam) disc. High energy tracks such as “We Found Love” (featuring Calvin Harris) and “Where Have You Been” raised her stock among the dance club queens. But are we any closer to figuring out who this publicity monger really is? Is she a sleazy sex kitten (“Cockiness,” “Birthday Cake”) or a tear-jerking rock diva (“Farewell,” “We All Want Love”)? And does anyone really care?