Divisions plague Democrats as they open convention to anoint Clinton

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in TampaBy John Whitesides PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats open a four-day convention on Monday to nominate Hillary Clinton for the White House on a divisive note, with a furor over embarrassing leaked emails threatening to derail what they hoped would be a message of party unity. Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned on Sunday, effective at the end of the convention, after more than 19,000 DNC emails showed party officials working to undermine the insurgent presidential campaign of Clinton’s primary rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The disclosure angered Sanders’ supporters and complicated Democratic plans to portray a convention image of no-drama competence in contrast to the volatile Donald Trump, who was formally nominated for president at a chaotic Republican convention in Cleveland last week.

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