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Monica Schipper/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime time address at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, two Bloomberg advisers tell ABC News.

Longtime Bloomberg adviser Stu Loeser tells ABC News the former New York City mayor will speak Wednesday in Philadelphia and endorse the former secretary of state.

Another senior adviser to Bloomberg Howard Wolfson said in a statement: “As the nation’s leading independent and a pragmatic business leader Mike (Bloomberg) has supported candidates from both sides of the aisle. This week in Philadelphia he will make a strong case that the clear choice in this election is Hillary Clinton.”

Loeser said the endorsement is a sign of Bloomberg’s dismay with Republican nominee and fellow billionaire Donald Trump. While Bloomberg and Clinton are not particularly close, Bloomberg has made no secret he would like to see Trump lose the election.

The endorsement comes as a surprise. Bloomberg is a former Democrat, but was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican in 2001 and later became Independent. Bloomberg was considering his own run for the presidency this cycle and has been critical of Trump during this campaign, but decided in March that mounting an independent run could help Trump’s path to the White House. He has been especially critical of Trump’s immigration and Muslim ban policies.

Wednesday is the same night President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to speak. Bloomberg served as New York City’s mayor for 12 years and endorsed Obama’s re-election in 2012.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — A well-known activist and organizer in progressive circles, Norman Solomon with RootsAction.org, said Sunday he is plotting ways to protest the nomination of Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s running mate this week at the Democratic Party’s convention.

Solomon said the party should take note of polling that suggests high numbers of Sanders’ supporters are still leery about backing Clinton.

“This fall-off in support is plausibly related to her demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of this party with the selection of Tim Kaine,” he said, citing Kaine’s past votes on trade and banking. In recent days, Clinton’s vice presidential pick has said he would oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite having backed the trade deal in the Senate, but Solomon and many other progressives remain skeptical.

Solomon has helped launch a new organization called the Bernie Delegates Network, which claims to have more than 1,250 delegate members and, despite its name, pledges to be working independently from the campaign.

The group has been conducting straw polls of Sanders’ delegates, and plans to survey the bunch again in the next 24 hours about possible protests or even floor action to object to Kaine on the ticket. Solomon suggested actions such as staying seated or turning backs when Kaine takes the stage, but said his team was looking into procedural options to protest the Virginia senator in a more formal way as well.

“The onus for party unity was on Hillary Clinton, and it is a bit much to be told, ‘You Bernie delegates better snap to it for party unity,'” Solomon added. He suggested a vote on the TPP on the convention floor as another possible olive branch to progressives.

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Kate-Madonna Hindes(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — It wasn’t until Kate-Madonna Hindes’ second brush with cancer that made her finally finish the paperwork needed to find her birth mother.

She was diagnosed with anal precancer after battling “multiple instances of cervical cancer in my life,” the St. Paul, Minnesota, woman told ABC News. Doctors had even told her she had tested positive for an abnormal BRCA2 gene, meaning she had a greater likelihood of developing breast cancer.

“I wanted to get some medical questions answered,” the mother-of-two, 34, added. “I told myself I had to really look deeper into this because I have two beautiful children and I want to live a long happy life.”

Three years after starting her paperwork, Hindes finally completed it six months ago. Because of “a lot of internal staff changes” at Children’s Home + Aid in Illinois she didn’t hear back from them until last month.

“I received a call June 15 and they said, ‘Kate, are you sitting down?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and they said, ‘We found your file. Not only do we have a picture, we have a letter from her as well.”

The social media and public relations’ strategist said it took her only 12 minutes to decide to create a graphic, using her birth mother’s photo, and turn to Facebook for help.

“My cancer survivor group is on Facebook. That’s the first place I go to connect with somebody, so it was natural,” she said.

And it worked. Within two hours, word had traveled to her birth mother, Aimée Sordelli, who lives in Berwyn, Illinois.

“I received a message from a relative saying, ‘Your picture is on Facebook,'” Sordelli recalled. “And I said, ‘OK, well, there’s a lot of pictures of me on Facebook.’ And she said, ‘No, not this picture.'”

Sordelli said that after seeing the throwback photo she realized that “only one person should have that picture.” She immediately messaged Hindes and said, “‘I think I’m the woman you’re looking for.'”

It was a full circle moment for Sordelli, 52, who is adopted herself. She placed Hindes up for adoption after having her at “16 or 17 years old,” and being raised in a very religious family. In fact, her adoptive father was an episcopal priest. And unlike her search for her birth mother, which ended in disappointment because her birth mother did not want to meet, Sordelli was thrilled to finally met her daughter face to face.

“I wanted her to make the choice to find me. I didn’t want to push myself,” Sordelli explained. “She has parents. They are her parents; they raised her. I’m just the birth mother. I wanted her to find me if she chose, when she’s ready.”

She added that she gave Hindes “up for adoption not because I didn’t love you, but because I did.”

“I did not have the means nor the money to take care of her and I thought she deserved a better life,” Sordelli, who never had any additional children, continued.

Sordelli had battled cancer twice herself, having been diagnosed with breast cancer. The first time was when she was 17 years old.

“Heritage is so important,” Hindes. “It’s so important for us to learn about the science of our bodies. If we don’t have that I don’t think we’re living our fullest life.”

The two women met for the very first time Friday inside Minneapolis St.Paul International Airport. Sordelli flew in from Illinois to spend a few days with her daughter and meet her grandchildren. She’s just in time for her grandson Daniel’s fourth birthday party.

“The kids adore her,” Hindes gushed. “Anything that Aimee wants to be involved in, I want her to be here.”

And Sordelli is already planning her next trip to St. Paul.

“It’s such a wonderful love story. It really is,” she said emphatically. “It’s come full circle and I’m just overwhelmed with joy.”

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(RICHMOND, Va.) — Less than 24 hours after making his first appearance as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine walked through the doors of the Richmond church he’s been part of for more than 30 years to applause so loud it could be heard from outside.

It was his first time at church since Clinton announced that he was her vice presidential pick.

“You saw what a special community that is,” said Kaine as he left mass Sunday with his wife, Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton. “Anne found it in the summer of 1984 and we were married here in November of 1984. And this and our neighborhood are really the center of our lives here. We needed some prayers today and we got some prayers and we got support and it really feels good.”

Parishioners of the diverse St. Elizabeth Catholic Church hugged Kaine and his wife. Sitting in the 10th row of pews, Kaine and his wife sang and clapped along to the choir. During communion, Kaine joined the choir and took the lead singing a solo. He sang the solo parts of a song called “Taste and See.”

The choir director admitted to the parish that she’d asked Kaine to sing only hours before he’d arrived at the church. Kaine has been part of the men’s chorus for years, though his time serving as a senator in Washington makes it tough to make practice.

“You can sing with us any time you want,” she told Kaine.

The big news in Kaine’s life, that he may end up the next vice president of the United States, was never mentioned directly, though a prayer subtly referencing the news was offered by the church goers.

“For all our public servants, especially we pray for Tim Kaine and Anne Holton. Let us pray to the Lord,” said a parishioner during the prayers of the faithful.

The mostly African American church is where Kaine has baptized all his children. When it was time to shake hands and say “Peace Be With You” after the recitation of the “Our Father” prayer, Kaine worked his way through the entire church hugging and shaking people’s hands. Holton stood at the end of mass and thanked the parish, saying they had been a part of every chapter of their lives and said, “We will really need your prayers.”

She described what’s happened as “quite an adventure” especially for their kids. She again asked for prayers for their Marine son, Nat, who will deploy to Europe this week.

“Tim and I found our way to this parish almost by accident,” Holton said. “But the fact that this parish has meant so much to us the last 33 years is no accident.”

She said that they would carry St. Elizabeth with them wherever they went so that the world would “benefit a little from the light of St. Elizabeth.”

“We will all have a big party at the end, no matter what happens,” Holton said, hinting at the campaign that is ahead of them.

Alvin Strother attends church w/ @timkaine. He & his wife made these “Clinton Kaine” pins & brought them to church. pic.twitter.com/gbepxgbxGn

— Jessica Hopper (@jesshop23) July 24, 2016

While Kaine prayed among those he has known for decades, there were new faces at the church, too. At least five people stood up to say they were inspired to come to the church after seeing Kaine speak Saturday at a Miami rally where he appeared with Clinton for the first time as her vice presidential pick. One of them was a woman whose son was deploying to Iraq in August. Another was a family originally from Zimbabwe.

As members of the church filed out after the mass wrapped, parishioner Alvin Strother came out wearing a Clinton-Kaine button. He said that his wife had made the buttons Saturday night to bring to mass. He’d personally given them to the senator and his wife. Strother has known Kaine since he began attending St. Elizabeth in the 1980s and described him as both a friend and mentor.

“Tim is a public person but he’s a personable person,” Strother said. “I think that anybody that’s lived in Richmond, whether he was mayor or senator, he’s been the same person all the way through.”

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ABC News(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — University of Florida linebacker Cristian Garcia said “God put me in the right place at the right time” to stop the alleged sexual assault of a young woman behind the bar where he works.

Garcia, a Miami native who will be a junior and was a walk-on with the football team last season, described his night at the bar, 101 Cantina in Gainesville, Florida, as being “typical” before witnessing what appeared to be the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman.

Garcia, who was “working security” at 101 Cantina that night, said that he was taking out the trash early Friday morning when he noticed the woman “pinned up against a dumpster” behind the bar, and that her body was limp, which indicated to him that she was unconscious. He said the man with her told him that she was his girlfriend, but that her condition told him that a sexual act was taking place without consent.

He said that friends of the man were standing around witnessing what he believed was a sexual assault.

“Nobody deserves this to happen to them,” he said.

He said that he and his co-worker, Leroyea Simmons, were forced to make a decision when they recognized what was happening. Simmons filmed the incident, and Garcia tangled with the man in breaking it up, he said.

He said that he grabbed the man “by the shoulders” and that he engaged in a physical altercation with him in a nearby alley. He said the man “began to get violent” and threw punches before he slipped and “busted his face on the floor.” He said that the man and his friends ran away after the fall.

“It was fight or flight and I just reacted,” Garcia said of his efforts to defend the woman.

He said that he appreciates the positive attention he has received for his actions, but implied that the focus should be placed on the gravity of sexual assault.

“The attention has been cool, but a horrible act happened that night,” he said.

Garcia spoke highly of the football program at the University of Florida, and said that it was focused on making “great men.”

Shaw, 34, was in Alachua County Jail with bail set at $500,000. He was charged with sexual battery and had not entered a plea, but according to the arrest report denied the allegation.

Garcia recommended that anyone who might find him or herself in the same position he did should show common sense and call authorities, because of the danger of breaking up a violent act.

“Act cautiously,” he recommended.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN(CHICAGO) — White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has been suspended for five days after Saturday’s “clubhouse incident.”

“Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn in a statement. “While we all appreciate Chris’ talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations.”

Sale was scratched from Saturday’s game and sent home after the incident. According to the team, the suspension runs through Wednesday.

Sources originally told ESPN that the confrontation was over “something silly” with a front-office member that apparently turned into a bigger argument. Multiple reports said the argument was over Sale wearing the White Sox throwback jersey and he destroyed his uniform in protest as well as some other teammates’.

Matt Albers started instead of Sale and was booed by the crowed when his name was announced, according to ESPN.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — On the eve of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign at the end of the convention.

In a statement laying out the goals of this election cycle she wrote:

“The best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” she said. “As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans.”

This is a developing story. Check back for more.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was pushing for a “pro-Russian” platform and cited experts who say that Russian state actors were behind the recent leak of Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to help Trump win.

“Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails, and now are leaking them out through these websites,” Mook told ABC’s This Week on Sunday. “It’s troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

Mook also suggested that the GOP nominee altered the Republican party platform to make it more attractive to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

“It was concerning last week that Donald Trump changed the Republican platform to become what some experts would regard as pro-Russian,” Mook said.

Mook’s comments come in response to questions about WikiLeaks’ release of Democratic National Committee emails that appear to show DNC officials strategizing how to draw support away from Bernie Sanders in his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Several of the emails released seem to indicate that the officials, including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, grew increasingly agitated with Sanders and his campaign as the primary season advanced.

Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort responded to Mook’s allegation of collusion between the campaign and Russia, calling it absurd.

“It’s pure obfuscation on the part of the Clinton campaign,” Manafort told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “What they don’t want to talk about is what’s in those emails. And what’s in those emails shows that it was a clearly rigged system and that Bernie Sanders never had a chance.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Emotions ran high following Ted Cruz’s speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. The Texas senator defiantly refused to endorse Donald Trump for president, drawing jeers and shouts from the audience, especially the New York delegation.

But Cruz faced perhaps even harsher criticism from his own delegation the morning after his speech Wednesday.

On this week’s episode of “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl was there for all the action at the Texas delegation’s breakfast event Thursday. Cruz was heckled by delegates from his home state, some of whom disagreed with his decision to reject the Republican presidential nominee.

“He will never be president. All he’s doing is helping Hillary Clinton,” said one member. Another shouted, “He’s a liar!”, evoking Trump’s popular campaign epithet, “Lyin’ Ted.”

Meanwhile, one woman at the Texas delegation breakfast spoke on behalf of Cruz. “He was asked to come. He admitted it was personal. It was personal to me because of what Donald Trump did to Ted’s family and Ted’s father,” she said.

During the primary, Trump tweeted an unflattering photograph of Cruz’s wife, Heidi and also suggested a link between Cruz’s father and Lee Harvey Oswald.

“People talked about my family and I didn’t cry about it. I grew up,” another member shot back.

“He can forgive, but he does not have to endorse,” the woman replied. “He did the right thing. He congratulated the nominee. He told the people to vote their conscience. I am a Christian first before I am a Republican,” she added.

Another man said that he thinks that what Cruz did “is wrong.”

“I think he’s making a political mistake,” another man chimed in. “Right now, there is a binary choice between two parties. One that supports life and one that doesn’t.”

Yet, as Karl noted, that binary choice “doesn’t exactly seem like a rallying cry” needed to unite the party. But exchanges like these illustrate the “entirely real, raw emotion” at the convention this year.

“Conservatism has been replaced by Trumpism. You can’t look for ideology in this, it’s personality,” ABC News Political Director Rick Klein added.

John Santucci, an ABC News reporter who has been following the Trump campaign for more than a year, also weighed in on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast with Karl and Klein.

“It’s never boring,” he laughed. “That’s the whole thing covering the Trump campaign. There is not one dull moment.”

Santucci spoke about the “electric energy” of Trump’s rallies on the campaign trail, where supporters were decked out “head-to-toe” in Trump attire.

Yet, the energy at the GOP convention “here [in Cleveland] is so much more subdued,” Santucci noted, with the exception of Cruz being booed by the New York delegation Wednesday night.

That was when Santucci said he finally saw “fire” in the crowd.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The International Olympic Committee has voted not to impose a blanket ban on Russia’s participating in this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over the country’s state-directed doping of athletes.

In a statement released Sunday, the IOC declined to impose a total collective ban as recommended earlier by the World Anti-Doping Agency, instead requesting that the international federation for each Olympic sport should evaluate which Russian athletes can be considered clean enough to compete.

Those athletes from Russia’s national Olympic team wishing to compete will now have to pass examination by the international federation of their sport, meeting criteria set by the federations that will prove they are clean.

That decision means that it is likely that at least some of Russia’s 387 athletes from its national Olympic team will compete in Rio though there remain steep practical challenges to their passing individual evaluations, with the games just two week away.

Speaking in a conference call to reporters, IOC president Thomas Bach said the decision had been unanimous, with one abstention. He said the decisive factor had ultimately been the fate of athletes who would have been punished by a blanket ban despite having clean records.

“At the end of the day you have to be able to look into the eyes of the individual athlete concerned by your decision,” Bach said.

“The message is very clear– given these serious allegations, given all the information they have to assume a collective responsibility for such a system. On the other hand, it is a message of encouragement for the clean Russian athletes, that they have the chance to show they are clean and to participate in the Olympic games.”

A number of international federations, including the International Gymnastics Federation, have already said they oppose a blanket ban, suggesting that they will welcome the IOC decision.

The decision resembled the conditions imposed by the IOC on Russia’s track and field athletes, who were barred totally from the Olympics by their international federation, the International Association of Athletics Federations in June. The IOC then decided that those athletes able to meet criteria imposed by international federation would be allowed to compete.

The federation set extremely tough criteria, with only one Russian athlete so far successfully passing meeting it — long jumper Daria Klishina, who trains in the United States. Today’s IOC ruling appeared to leave the ban on Russian track and field athletes’ unaffected.

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