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The Hill's 12:30 Report – Live from Philly: FBI to probe DNC hack | Wasserman Schultz booed off stage | Heavyweight Monday lineup with Sanders, first lady | Sanders delegates weigh Kaine challenge | Nate Silver: Trump would win today

Happy Monday from Philadelphia! Filing from The Hill's hotel, which doubles as an indoor water park complete with a lazy river and Tiki bar (can't make this up), I'm Cate Martel, back and ready for week two with a quick recap of what you missed this morning, what events are coming up, who's speaking where, and fun insider tidbits along the way. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

BREAKING – FBI INVESTIGATES EMAIL HACK: "The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and is working to determine the nature and scope of the matter," the agency said in a statement Monday, according to multiple reports. "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."

STORY OF THE WEEK (SO FAR) -- DEB-GHAZI, THE DEB-BACLE, DEBBIE-GATE: (I could go all day.) Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday announced that she would resign as Democratic National Committee chief after the convention, which is getting off to a rocky start. Why: The release of embarrassing emails between DNC officials that appear to confirm suspicions from supporters of Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMichael Bennet 'encouraged' in possible presidential bid: report House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 MORE that Wasserman Schultz and the DNC tipped the scales during the presidential primary in favor of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Hillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Man accused of mailing pipe bombs to Dems pleads guilty MORE. Russian ties: Clinton's campaign manager on Sunday questioned whether Russia may have been involved in the hacking.

UPDATE THIS A.M. – OH HEEELLL NO, DEB: Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was repeatedly interrupted and eventually booed off the stage as she sought to speak to Florida's (her home state!) convention delegation. Watch:

DON'T LOOK AT ME!: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE says it is laughable Russia would aid his presidential campaign by leaking the emails.

Tweet from Gawker's Ashley Feinberg: "working at the DNC sounds like a nightmare" (Wooowww, these screenshots)

AND YOU THOUGHT THIS WAS OVER, KAINE: A group of Democratic delegates backing Bernie Sanders for president said Monday that they are actively exploring a challenge to Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege MORE's (Va.) vice presidential nomination. 

WHAT TO WATCH -- TEAM CLINTON'S HEAVY HITTERS: President Obama, Vice President Biden, first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama on 'Becoming': 'Sasha still hasn't read it' Michelle Obama seeks volunteers for local campaigns: There are 'no "off" years' Obama condemns 'hatred in all its forms' after New Zealand shooting MORE, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHoward Schultz is holding the Democratic Party hostage Hill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides A Weld challenge to Trump would provide Republicans a clear choice MORE and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are among the heavy hitters who will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Hillary Clinton's behalf. This is huge compared to the Republican heavyweights who skipped their convention last week.

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING – AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH FOR THE DNC:  Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreKamala Harris says she is open to abolishing Electoral College Dem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived in sin' as way to perpetuate slavery O'Rourke sees 'a lot of wisdom' in abolishing Electoral College MORE will skip this week's convention. Why: His director of communications, Betsy McManus, said "obligations in Tennessee" would keep the former vice president from attending. Note: Gore is one of eight Tennessee superdelegates and is the only one who has not yet publicly backed a candidate.

WOWOW -- TRUMP'S IN GOOD SHAPE IF THE ELECTION WERE TODAY: According to Nate Silver's most recent election forecast at FiveThirtyEight, Donald Trump would have a 57.5 percent chance of winning the White House.

ALSO: A new CNN poll shows a big boost in Trump’s numbers. He now leads Clinton by 3 points, 48 percent to 45 percent – a six-point gain since the GOP convention.

OH, THIS SOUNDS SAFE ... : The media filing center in Philadelphia is in a giant tent in the parking lot. The tents aren't designed to protect against lightning, so whenever there is lightning in the vicinity, everyone must evacuate. Oh, and did I mention there are lots of thunderstorms in the forecast. I'm just waiting for protesters to do rain dances in the streets to prevent the media from covering Hillary's speech.



The Center for Public Integrity's Dave Levinthal
The perils of pre-scheduled fundraising emails?



1:30 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting an event on "The New Face of Energy," with Latino leaders in energy policy.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Political veteran and mastermind of former Gov. Howard Dean's 2004 presidential primary fight, Joe Trippi, speaks on a "Pints and Politics" panel with The Hill.

4-6 p.m. EDT: Instagram is hosting a happy hour, titled "Posts and Toasts at the DNC."

5 p.m. EDT: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) speaks at a Morning Consult happy hour.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Politico is hosting singer Alicia Keys for an event.

8:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The Atlantic is hosting Joseph Crowley, vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus for an event on down-ballot races.

9 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The Hill is hosting an event to discuss the politics of childcare, paid leave and equal pay.

11:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: U.S. Army spouse and COO of The Hill, Sheila Casey,hosts an event on training and employment opportunities for veterans.

12 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Politico is hosting an event on how candidates are using data and new technologies to win the election.

12:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow: The Washington Post interviews California Gov. Jerry Brown at an event.

3:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow: The Hill's Bob Cusack is hosting a "Pints and Predictions" event with Park Street Strategies' Chris Kofinis, Venn Strategies' Penny Lee and Ohio State Sen. Capri Cafaro (D).

5 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Ranking member of the House Budget Committee Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) speak at a Morning Consult happy hour.

5 - 7 p.m. EDT tomorrow: First Look Media and Tumblr are hosting a "Cartoons and Cocktails" event.

6 p.m. EDT tomorrow: The Washington Post is interviewing Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) at the newspaper's hub.



11 a.m. -- 3 p.m. EDT: "Philly Feast," a food truck festival with local offerings. Info:



Today is National Coffee Milkshake Day!

NEWS YOU CAN USE, WINDOWS USERS: After having a whole year to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, time is now running out. After Friday, it'll cost $119 to upgrade to the software.

THE BREAKDOWN WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: HBO's Jon Oliver has a recap of the Republican National Convention. It's exactly what you'd expect, but totally worth watching:

And with that, here is a laugh-out-loud funny video of cats scared of cucumbers:


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