1) Howard Dean has redeemed himself. For those too young to remember, Dean was the Bernie Sanders of 2004. OK, he was Sanders-lite. So, while I detest Sanders with the vitriolic passion of an anti-goo-goo social scientist, Dean just kinda bugged me. By making fun of himself last night and the "I have a scream" speech, he showed he can laugh at himself. Well done, Howard. You're OK with me now. Obviously, that matters.
2) The Democrats are still too timid to hit the Russia hack thing. They deserve to lose this election. Betting odds at PredictWise still give HRC about a 2 to 1 advantage, but that's just a testament to how historically awful a nominee Trump is. Seriously. Evidence continues pointing towards Russia hacking the DNC's emails to embarrass them before the convention, thereby trying to help elect a guy who has said, on tape, that he would abrogate our NATO obligations if Putin invaded NATO countries, having already tried to re-expand. And the Democrats are putting on concerts with Paul Simon and Alicia Keys. They deserve to lose. They probably won't, but they deserve to.
As a social scientist, I wouldn't stake my non-existent reputation (nobody knows who the fuck I am) on the claim yet, but a party that doesn't make the charge at this point is guilty of criminal negligence. The media will run with the story, but only if one party makes the charge forcefully.