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Hillary Clinton accepts historic nomination

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Credit: AP

The final night of the Democratic National Convention features the acceptance speech of Hillary Clinton as the first woman nominee of a major party for president of the United States.

She will be introduced by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. She will try to bolster the night’s theme, “Stronger Together,” by trying to entice younger, more liberal Democrats who flocked to Clinton’s opponent in the primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

11:30 p.m. — Hillary Clinton is joined on stage by running mate Tim Kaine, her husband former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea as balloons shower down and music plays.

10:30 p.m. — Hillary Clinton takes the stage as “This is my fight song” plays and there are sustained cheers.

“Thank you all for that amazing welcome . . . and thank you Chelsea. I am so proud to be your mother.”

“Bill that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago, it is still going strong,” she said to her husband, the former president. “You know that conversation has lasted through good times that filled us with joy and hard times . . . and I even got a few words in along the way.”

“For all of you whose hard work brought us here today, and those of you who joined the campaign this week, thank you. What a remarkable week it’s been.”

“And I want to thank Bernie Sanders.

“Bernie your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls in our primary,” said.

“To all your supporters, I want you to know, I heard you, your cause is our cause.”

“For those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine, you will soon understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him . . . and he will make our whole country proud as our vice president.”

She said the country was “at a time of reckoning.”

“Our founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together. Now America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of respect are fraying . . . there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide if we will all work together, so we can all rise together.”

“Donald Trump . . . wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other . . . he has taken the Republican Party a long way, from ‘morning in America’ to midnight in America.”

She then quoted Franklin Roosevelt: “ ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ . . . We are not afraid. We will not build a wall, instead we will build an economy where anyone who wants a job will get one.”

“There is too much inequality, too little social mobility . . . but just look for a minute look at the strengths we bring as Americans . . . we have most tolerant and generous young people we ever had . . . the most powerful military.”

She was interrupted by chants of “Hillary! Hillary!” and “USA! USA!”

“Don’t let anyone tell you our country is weak, we’re not; . . . don’t believe anyone who says, ‘I alone fix it,’ ” she said, quoting Trump. “That should set off alarm bells for all of us.”

“He’s forgetting every last one of us. Americans don’t say ‘I alone can fix it,’ we say, ‘We will fix it together.’”

“Our founders fought a Revolution and wrote a Constitution so American would never be a country where one person would have all the power.”

“None of us can ever lift a country alone,” Clinton said.

“Twenty years ago, I wrote a book called, ‘It Takes a Village,’ . . . this is what I meant. America needs every one of us . . . that’s why ‘stronger together’ . . . is not just a slogan for our campaign. It stands for a future we will build . . . for an economy that works for all, not just those at the top.”

“And yes, where love trumps hate!”

“So my friends, it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America that I accept your nomination for president of the United States.”

“The truth is through all these years of public service, the service part has always come easier than the public part . . . I get it, that some people don’t know what to make of me.”

She talked of her mother left to the streets as a 13-year-old.

Her mother was abandoned. “She was saved by the kindness of others.” Clinton said that her mother had taught her . . . no one gets through life alone. “We have to look out for each other and lift each other up. Do all the good you can in all the ways you can for as long as ever you can.”

She talked of working for children with disabilities in Massachusetts denied school.

“It became clear to me that simply caring was not enough . . . you have change both hearts and laws, you need understanding and action.”

“It’s true, I sweat the details of policy,” such as contaminants in drinking water. “Because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid. It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president.”

Referring to earlier speakers, she said, “I was thinking of Lauren, Debbie and all the others 10 years later when President Obama made the courageous decision that finally brought Osama bin Laden to justice,” she said of the Sept. 11 victims she helped and kept in touch with.

“Standing here as my mother’s daughter and my daughter’s mother . . . because when any barrier is cleared away, it is cleared for everyone. After all, when there is no ceiling the sky is the limit.”

“You heard from some Republicans and independents . . . I will be the president of the Republicans and the independents … for those who vote for me and for those who don’t. For Americans, together.”

“I have gone around the country . . . and I talked to many who feel the economy sure isn’t working for them. You know what? You’re right . . . “

“Democrats we are the party of working people but we haven’t done a good enough job to say we know what you are going through.”

“Here’s what I believe: I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives . . . our democracy isn’t working the way it should. That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices to get money out of politics . . . and if necessary we will pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.”

“Wall Street can never ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again. And, I believe in science,” she said with a laugh. “I believe climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating good-paying, clean energy jobs.”

It would be “inhuman and counterproductive” to deport undocumented immigrants

“If you belong to another party or no party at all . . . this is your campaign . . . join us.”

“You didn’t hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention. He spoke for 70-odd minutes and I do mean odd and he offered zero solutions.”:

She said the GOP nominee had no real ideas or plans.

‘You might notice I love talking about mine,” she joked.

“Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt free for all.” She would also ease the burden of current loan debt.

“Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. . . . In America if you can dream it, you should be able to build it”

Referring to Trump’s comment that she is “playing the woman card” she said if working on behalf of families is “playing the woman card, then deal me in!”

“Wall Street and the super rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes,” she said.

“It’s not that we resent success. That’s where the money is and we are going to follow the money.”

“In Atlantic City . . . you will find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills. Now remember what the president said last night, don’t boo, vote.”

“It wasn’t that he couldn’t pay them, He just stiffed them.”

“Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face . . . we’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. So it’s no wonder that people are anxious and looking for reassurance, looking for leadership . . . and knowing we are stronger when we work with our allies.”

“No, Donald, you don’t” she said of Trump’s claim that he knows more about ISIS that the generals.

A president should respect the men and women who risk their lives to preserve our country,” she said, aiming at Trump’s criticism of the military’s readiness.

“Do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief?”

“Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign,” she said. He loses his composure to reporters and critics. “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

“If we are serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a president who is in the pocket of the gun lobby. I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. . . . I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”

“For decades people have said this policy was too hard and the politics too hot to touch . . . but how can we stand by and do nothing?”

“I refuse to believe we can’t find common ground here. Not just on guns, but on race and immigration and more and that begins with listening to each other, to walk in each other’s shoes.”

She said people had not taken Trump seriously because they couldn’t believe “that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things.”

“And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric . . . for many months people laughed off Donald Trump’s comments . . . or when he insults heroes like John McCain who deserves our respect . . . but here’s the sad truth. There is no other Donald Trump. This is it. And in the end it comes to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: America is great, because America is good.”

“So enough with the bigotry and the bombast . . . and what are offering? A bold agenda . . . the choice is clear, my friends.”

“Progress is possible . . . I know it from my own life. More than a few times I have had to pick myself up and get back in the game. Like so much in my life, I got this from mother, too.”

“Although we may not live to see the glory . . . let’s lead the fight . . . the founders showed us that, they were drawn together by love of country and build something better . . . yes, the world is watching what we do . . . so let’s be stronger together my fellow Americans . . . let’s build a better tomorrow . . . and when we do, America will be better than ever!”

10:05 p.m. — Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, introduces her mother and then a video about Clinton’s life.

“I am here as proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother and tonight in particular a very, very proud daughter.”

Chelsea’s daughter Charlotte is age 2. “Above all, she loves face-timing with grandma.”

“She’ll drop everything to blow kisses . . . to her granddaughter.”

“Every day that I spent as Charlotte and Aiden’s mother, I think about my own mother — My wonderful, thoughtful, hilarious mother.”

She recalled her mother picking her up and reading “Goodnight Moon.”

“Regardless of what was going on her life, she was always, always there for me,” she said, citing soccer and softball games and school projects.

“I never once doubted that my parents care about my thoughts and my ideas . . . that feeling of being valued and loved, that is what my mom wants for every child. That is the calling of her life.”

“Whenever my Mom was away for work, she left notes for me to open every day,” Chelsea said.

When she went to France, she wrote about the Eiffel Tower and about programs to help children.

“They were another reminder I was always in her thoughts,” she said.

She talked about dinner table discussions and how she talked about “A Wrinkle in Time,” a favorite book at the time. “I loved that my parents expected me to have opinions and to back them up with facts.”

“There is something else that my mother taught me: Public service is about service and as her daughter I have had a special window into how she serves. I have seen her holding the hands of mothers wondering how they would feed their kids.”

“She always feels like there isn’t a moment to lose, because she knows that for that mother, for that family, there isn’t.”

“I have also seen her at the low points, like the summer of 1994 . . . her fight for universal health care. It was bruising, it was exhausting. She fought her heart out . . . and lost. It was pretty hard to watch. But my Mom, she was amazing.”

She said family movie nights of “Police Academy” and “Pride and Prejudice” helped, “then she got back to work for kids.”

“I am so grateful to be her daughter . . . . that she is Charlotte and Aiden’s grandmother. She makes me proud every single day, And Mom, Grandma would be so proud of you tonight.”

“To everyone watching . . . I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud as our next president.”

9:58 p.m. — Katy Perry speaks and sings.

Singer Katy Perry said her parents are pastors and Republicans and she didn’t finish high school, “but I have an open mind.”

She said on Nov. 8 “you will have as much power as any billionaire.”

9:32 p.m. — Florent Groberg, retired Army commander, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, speaks.

“Hillary Clinton has been training for this moment for decades,” said Groberg of Washington, D.C., an immigrant who four years ago in Afghanistan lost part of his leg confronting a suicide bomber.

“As commander in chief, she will defeat ISIS,” he said.

“When Hillary Clinton’s moment comes, she will be ready.”

9:25 p.m. — Ret. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, speaks flanked by veterans on the stage.

He called for unity, saying: “All of us together, all of us together pursuing our common values . . . the free people of the world look to America as the last best hope for peace and liberty for all humankind.”

“This election can take us to a place of unity and hope . . . or darkness,” said Allen, former commander of the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan. “We must choose hope.”

He joined in chants of “USA! USA!”

He called for the United States to be a force of good for all races, all ethnicities and religions “including our Americans who are our precious Muslims . . . all of us together pursing our common values.”

“We trust in her judgment, we believe in her vision for a united America . . . as a just and strong leader against the forces of darkness,” he said.

“We believe in her vision for a united America . . . we know that she, as no other, knows how to use all instruments of America’s power . . . to keep us all safe and free.”

“I tell you without hesitation . . . that Hillary Clinton will be exactly the kind of leader America needs,” he said. “I know this, because I served with her . . . and America will defeat ISIS and protect the homeland.

“To our enemies . . . you will fear us and to ISIS and others, we will defeat you,” Allen said.

“This is the moment . . . for the world,” he said.

9:13 p.m. — Khiz Khan, father of Humayun S.M. Khan., who was killed saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.

“We stand here tonight as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country,” Khan said.

“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son, the best of America,” Khan said of his son who saved his soldier buddies. “If it were up to Donald Trump, my son would never have been in America.

Trump “wants to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you? Have you even read the United States Constitution. I will gladly lend you my copy. . . . Look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.”

“Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? . . . You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one. We cannot solve our problems by building walls, sewing divisions. We are stronger together. And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our president.

I ask every patriot American, all Muslim immigrants and all immigrants to not take this election lightly. This is a historic election and I request to honor the sacrifice of my son, and on Election Day, take the time to get out and vote and vote for the healer . . . Hillary Clinton . . . not the divider.”

9:05 p.m. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks and introduces film on an American Muslim soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan.

“I’m Michael Jordan,” joked NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who follows Islam. “I said that because I know Donald Trump wouldn’t know the difference.”

He talked about Khizr Khan, one of 14 Muslim-American soldiers killed since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Trump’s idea of registered Muslims “is the very tyranny [Thomas] Jefferson abhorred.”

“At its core, discrimination is a result of fear,” he said. “To them, we say, only this, ‘Not here, not ever.’”

9 p.m. — The Rev. William Barber speaks.

“We have a heart problem in America, said Barber, who described himself as a preacher and son of a preacher.

He said American needs a “moral defibrillator.”

8:45 p.m. — Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez speaks.

Valdez, daughter of migrant workers beaten by police, said police are “doing the best they can to serve our communities . . . to preserve and protect, not to hate and discriminate.”

She talked of losing officers to snipers as the officers protected protesters demonstrating against police.

“My deputies work hard to reach out to the communities we serve,” she said. “We show up . . . the only way to serve your community is to know your community.”

“Even though our men and women in uniform are hurting, we never stop doing the job,” she said. She led delegates in a moment of silence for all fallen officers and introduced family members of those who had died.

Jennifer Loudon, wife of fallen Chicago police officer Thor Loudon.

“I know some of us have lost faith,” she said “Let us honor all of our officers . . . bridging communities and building peace.”

Barbara Owens, mother of police officer Derrick Owens, who died in the line of duty: “We never want the sacrifice of Derrick and all the other fallen officers to ever be forgotten.”

8:40 p.m. — Jennifer Pierotti Lim of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of Republican Women for Hillary

She said, “I voted Republican my entire life.” She said the Republican Party has abandoned its values.

“There are some who will say I am voting for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. People who say that are discounting my voice,” she said.

“I am here to ask all of you to not only oppose Donald Trump, but to support Hillary Clinton. Because we are not just Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans.”

8:35 p.m. — Doug Elmets speaks.

“I am a Republican,” said Elmets of California, who was part of the Republican Reagan administration. “I am here tonight to say I knew Ronald Reagan, I worked for Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump, you are no Ronald Reagan.”

He said Trump is “A petulant, dangerously unbalanced reality TV star who will coddle tyrants . . . I shudder to think where he might lead our great nation. Fortunately I don’t think he will get that chance.”

He said while he differs on policy with Clinton, she is highly qualified to be president.

“This year, I will vote for a Democrat for the first time. To my fellow Republicans, if . . . you want a president with good judgment, a steady hand . . . I ask that you join me in voting for Hillary Clinton.”

8:28 p.m. — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm speaks.

Obama in 2008 “saved the American auto industry, then the American auto industry paid America back, in full, and we can continue do that together,” said Granholm.

“We are not in this alone,” she said. “And one candidate,” she said referring to Trump, “doesn’t have a clue.”

“Hillary Clinton gets it. That’s why she has huge plans to make good-paying jobs . . . detailed plans, people, plans with numbers that actually add up.”

“Imagine Donald Trump’s version of the Constitution: ‘I the person, in order to form a more perfect union . . . ’ or, ‘Ask not what I can do for my country, ask what my country can do for me.’”

“Donald, you’re so vain. You probably think this speech is about you.”

“When Flint’s water poisons its children, it hurts all of us,” Granholm said. “We are all Flint . . . in a family, no one gets left behind.”

8:10 p.m. — Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen introduce American workers.

Danson, who said he is the son of an archaeologist from Arizona, and Steenburgen, a train conductor’s daughter from Arkansas, introduced several Americans with stories that illustrated elements of Clinton’s platform.

“When she gets knocked down seven times she will get up eight,” Steenburgen said of Clinton.

Anybody can brag, anybody can talk, hers is the poetry of doing,” Danson said.

“She’s got more guts than anyone in the room,” Steenburgen said.

Henrietta Ivey, home care worker

“When I first met Hillary Clinton, we connected right away as mothers and people who led lives in service,” said Ivey, mother of four and grandmother of seven, from Michigan. She is a home care worker fighting for a $15 federal minimum wage, which was a plank of Sen. Bernie Sanders before Clinton adopted it.

“In Michigan, we are fighting for the $15,” Ivey said. “I see myself in her and I believe she sees herself in me.”

“No American should have to work in poverty,” she said.

Dave Wills, social studies teacher.

“Teaching offers so many rewards, a big salary isn’t one of them,” said Wills, an eighth-grade teacher from North Carolina with student loan debt totaling more than $35,000. He graduated from college in 2005 and said he pays $300 a months for his student loans.

“Life feels like we’re running on a treadmill. No matter how hard we try, we can’t get ahead,” he said.

Beth Mathias said she and her husband work three jobs and she met Clinton at a roundtable. “It feels like the world is against us. . . . Every day is a struggle,” she said. “And she understood.”

Jake Reed and Jensen Walcott were hired at the same pizza place, when they realized Jake was paid 25 cents more per hour. They spoke up and lost their jobs.

“I’m glad I spoke up for myself and I’m glad Jake spoke up, too,” Walcott said.

“If we don’t have each other’s back, nothing will change,” Reed said.

They said Clinton tweeted a message of support to them.

8:05 p.m. — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks.

He said he lost his job 30 years ago.

“It’s not a reality TV punch line when it happens to you,” he said. Then he talked about his startup idea with government loans, which worked.

“The true mark of a successful businessman is not the number of times you say, ‘You’re fired,’ it’s the number of times you say, ‘You’re hired,’ ” he said, noting that unlike Trump he did send his businesses into bankruptcy six times.

7:50 p.m. — Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan speaks

“We are on the side of the worker because we respect the men and women who punch a clock, who shower after they go home from the job,” said Ryan. “But Donald Trump… he has been stabbing workers in the back for years.”

He said Trump “is not on our side.”

American workers, he said, “deserve a president who will put them first.”

7:15 p.m. — New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks.

Cuomo acknowledges the death this year of his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and notes his landmark 1984 speech at the Democratic National Convention. Mario Cuomo proudly defined liberalism, when it wasn’t fashionable in the era of President Ronald Reagan.

“At stake in this election my friends is the very soul of America,” Cuomo said Thursday night. “It’s clear that their plan is to fan the flames of fear and offer a scapegoat. The Trump campaign is marketing a distraction . . . their campaign comes down to this: Be afraid of people who are different. . . . It’s not right, its divisive and its delusional and we must expose the truth to the people of this nation.”

“If we listen to Republicans, we would cut this nation in half,” Cuomo said. “Fear is a powerful weapon . . . it can get people to yell and to scream.” But he said fear has never created a job, built a home “and fear will never build a nation.”

“Fear is not strength, fear is weakness and no matter how loud you yell, our America is never weak. Republicans say they want to make America great again . . . take us back to the old days. . . . do they want to take us back before the civil rights act or worker protection laws . . . or Roe v. Wade.

“We’re not going back, we’re going forward.”

“Imagine how strong we will be when our government has the strength to fight for freedom, but the intelligence to know the most powerful four-letter word is not hate, but love.”

He said the GOP called the Democrats dreamers, but said “we are doers.”

“Mario Cuomo was a dreamer, too. But our progressive government is working in New York,” he said, citing a $15 minimum wage, legalized gay marriage and work to improve the economy and banning fracking “because this is the only planet we have.”

“We fought the NRA and we won,” he said, citing his SAFE Act gun control law.

“Progressive government works and we proved it works without leaving anyone behind because we believe we are all interconnected,” Cuomo said. “When one of us is raised, we are all raised and when one of us is lowered, we are all lowered.”

In the Sept. 11 attacks, “We saw this country come together like never before. . . . We were Americans! . . . We were red, white and blue and those are the only colors that matter in the United States of America.

“In that moment, we were one . . . we were there for each other,” Cuomo said. “We grieved together . . . then we got up and rebuilt together.”

“When this country comes together there is nothing we cannot accomplish and there is nothing we can’t do,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said he has known Clinton for many years and through many issues.

“As secretary of state, she repaired America’s reputation worldwide,” he said.

Clinton “stood on the world stage and said women’s rights are human rights. . . . She won’t just shatter the glass ceiling for my daughters and your daughters . . . she also has the vision and qualifications to be a transformative force for this nation. She will unify and not divide.”

“My father was the keynote speaker of this nation’s better angels and he was beautiful. Tonight, Pop, . . . in this time of fear, please help people see what truly makes this nation great, that we are one nation, with liberty and justice for all.”

7:10 p.m. — Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, digging at Trump, said prosperity, national defense, and safe communities are not “zero sum game.” He said all can share in the economy, be protected and be safe without marginalizing the poor, creating a “religion litmus test” for immigration, and honor police while protecting African American men killed in shootings.

7:05 p.m. — Lorella Praeli, the campaign’s Latino vote director, speaks

Praeli, an undocumented immigrant from Peru, recently became an American citizen, sworn by President Barack Obama. “I’m an American,” she said.

She told the story of her mother, who was psychologist in Peru, but who had to clean houses in America.

“She has taught me to never give up,” Praeli said. “That’s why I’m with Hillary Clinton. She believes in our dreams.”

6:50 p.m. — Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski speaks, along with the Democratic women of the Senate

“In 1987 I was the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right.

“Yes, the history of women in the Senate is that short,” Mikulski said.

She spoke of mentoring a young Hillary Clinton, who pushed the equal pay bill for women.

“It’s time to suit up. Women, put your lipstick on. Men, polish those shoes. . . . We’re ready to put Hillary in the White House because we know she will carry the torch for all of us.”

Mikulski and the senators talked of Clinton’s historic “Beijing speech,” when she declared, “Women’s rights are human rights.”

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar called Clinton “the friend who takes the call, the mom who gets things right. . . . That’s a leader, and that’s our next president.”

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Clinton called her several times while she was treated for breast cancer.

“She didn’t do it because I am a senator. . . . There are thousands of people who could tell the exact same story. . . . She has the intelligence, she has the work ethic, but most importantly she has the heart to lead this country.”

New Hampshire Sen. Jean Shaheen said, “When you need a champion, there is no one better to have in your corner.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who succeeded Clinton as New York’s junior senator, said “After nearly four decades of public service, she is still fighting to make a difference and it’s why I am proud to fight for her.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said, “Hillary knows how to fight back against dangerous, loudmouth bullies.” “She doesn’t back down. . . . Hillary just keeps working for the people who need her most. She’s battle-tested.”

California Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, said, “She was a work horse, steady, ready to learn,” of Clinton’s first months in the Senate. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, “she consoled a nation and sprung into action” to get health care for first-responders. “When the cameras were off, she never stopped working, and she never stopped fighting . . . in crisis or in calm . . . we can always count on her to come through.”

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