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DNC Day 2: She’s ‘the best darn changemaker,’ Bill says

President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National

President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

‘The best darn changemaker’

Bill Clinton’s gifts at speechmaking are legendary, and on Tuesday night he had the Democratic crowd in Philadelphia eating out of his hand talking about his wife Hillary, now the first woman to receive a major party nomination for president.

Whether his speech was a success will depend on whether he changed any skeptical minds, or at least opened them up to a rethinking.

In 42 minutes — breezy by the former president’s standards — he interspersed anecdotes of their romance and personal lives together with what he portrayed as her unwavering commitment to social justice. “She’s the best darn changemaker I ever met,” Clinton said.

It’s a case she will have to make over and over to an electorate dissatisfied with the status quo — a voter unrest Donald Trump has done his best to tap into. Read Newsday’s story by Yancey Roy. See speech video here.

History and herstory

It was no surprise, of course, but the early-evening roll call that sealed her nomination was still a moment fraught with meaning for Clinton supporters and others who had long labored in the cause of women’s rights.

Sanders, doing his part for unity, stood with the Vermont delegation and moved to declare her the nominee by acclamation on a voice vote. Overwhelmingly, the delegates agreed.

The last words Tuesday night were from Clinton, via video, accompanied by the sound and video effect of a glass ceiling shattering. “If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next,” she said.

The take-away: Obama’s stage

President Barack Obama on Wednesday night will look to electrify his fourth national convention in 12 years. His goal, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison, is to transfer his charisma to Clinton without saying her election would amount to his third term.

Black lives matter moms

Clinton was touted as a leader who could heal the divide between police and community by the mothers of slain black Americans, including several young people killed in police-involved violence, Newsday’s Emily Ngo reports.

The emphasis was a counterpoint to the “law and order” tilt of Trump’s convention last week, with its frequent denunciations of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sanders: You don’t want Trump

The Vermont senator visited the New York delegation in morning rounds to rally Democrats, whether they were with him or Clinton, behind her presidential bid, Newsday’s Laura Figueroa reports.

Sanders heard boos when he mentioned Clinton’s name at a California delegation meeting, and shot back: “It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency.”

Bernie or Bust on the march

Thousands of Sanders supporters chanting “Bernie or bust!” took to the streets of Philadelphia under the hot sun on Tuesday for another round of protests.

“I’d rather vote for what I want and lose, than what I don’t want and win,” said Greg Gregg, 69, a retired nurse from Salem, Oregon.

Trump hearts Michelle Obama

The most unexpected praise for Michelle Obama’s Monday speech, which without naming him was replete with digs at Trump, comes from Trump.

“I thought her delivery was excellent,” Trump told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought she did a very good job. I liked her speech.”

Charge: Trump stiffed Freedom Kids

Three preteen girls were a sensation at a Trump rally this past winter performing as the U.S.A. Freedom Kids with lyrics such as “Deal from strength or get crushed every time.”

Now the dad of one of them tells The Washington Post that he is going to sue the campaign in a compensation dispute.

Clinton team fears more hacks

The Clinton campaign is worried there is more to come from the hacked emails like those revealed by WikiLeaks from the Democratic National Committee.

Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri told ABC News, “You can’t ever really know” when emails will be leaked, but “it’s part of the reason why we wanted people to understand our belief that the Russians are behind this.”

According to The New York Times, U.S. intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the cyberintrusion.

What else is happening

  • Trump got a much more enthusiastic reception at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in North Carolina than Clinton did a day earlier. Some members of the audience shouted, “Lock her up.”
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is close to the Clintons personally as well as politically, told Politico he believes Hillary Clinton will support the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal once parts of it are fixed. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta tweeted that McAuliffe was “flat wrong.”
  • The Democratic convention’s first night beat the first night of the Republican convention in the Nielsen TV ratings, with 26 million viewers, versus 23 million during the 10-11:30 p.m. time period.
  • GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, a past favorite of the billionaire Koch brothers, won’t be attending their donors’ summit, CNN says. The brothers have been cool to Trump’s candidacy.
  • An ABC News fact-check of the Democrats’ first-night speakers found most of their claims about Trump true or mostly true, one mostly false and a few questionable or unclear because his positions have been inconsistent or vague.
  • Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who served as housing secretary under Bill Clinton, says he isn’t interested in being part of Hillary Clinton’s cabinet, Newsday’s Figueroa reports.
  • Green Party candidate Jill Stein was in the Wells Fargo Center trying to enlist Sanders delegates to her cause.
  • An emotional highlight during the roll call came when Larry Sanders, who lives in Britain and was a delegate for Americans Abroad, cast his vote for his younger brother. Their parents, he said, “would be immensely proud.” Both brothers teared up.

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