The Latest: Sarandon waits to be convinced to back Clinton
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Susan Sarandon says she's waiting to be persuaded to support Hillary Clinton before giving her vote.
The actress is attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and has been taking part in demonstrations with various groups.
Sarandon has been an outspoken supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. In an interview with left-leaning website Democracy Now, she says she wants to see what Clinton's plans for are on issues such as fracking and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She says she wants to be "convinced" by the likely Democratic nominee.
In a separate interview with left-wing online network, The Young Turks, Sarandon calls the leaked e-mails that show the Democratic National Committee and chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz strongly backing Clinton for the party bid, "disgusting." But she adds, "it doesn't come as a surprise."
A Russian presidential spokesman has accused U.S. politicians of being paranoid about Russia allegedly backing Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race.
Hillary Clinton's campaign on Monday blamed Russia for hacking the party's computers and suggested the goal was to benefit Trump's campaign. Trump has denied the accusations.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday that that allegation is just another "paranoid" attempt by American politicians to play the Russian card during the campaign. Peskov also denied reports that Trump's foreign policy adviser Carter Page during his visit to Moscow earlier this month met with Putin's chief of staff.
Secretary of State John Kerry says he raised the email hack of the Democratic National Committee with Russia's top diplomat but stopped short of making any allegation about who might be responsible.
Kerry told reporters Tuesday he brought the matter up with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting in Laos and explained that the FBI was investigating. He did not, however, repeat allegations or echo suspicions that Russia was responsible for the hack and said he would not draw conclusions until the probe is complete. "I raised the question and we will continue to work to see precisely what those facts are," Kerry said. He would not say if Lavrov responded.
Asked about the allegations earlier, Lavrov scoffed, saying: "I don't want to use 4-letter words."
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