Clinton becomes first woman presidential nominee of major party in last day Democratic National Convention

By Tom Lehman 2:38am, July 29, 2016 - Updated 4:21am, July 29, 2016
Hillary Clinton on Thursday accepted the Democratic Party's nomination on Thursday, promising to strengthen the country's economy, middle class, and safety from foreign threats while bashing Republican rival Donald Trump.

In a speech that helped close out the Democratic National Convention, Clinton, a former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, became the first woman nominated by any major political party for president.

"When any barrier falls in America in clears the way for everyone...When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." she said.

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president.



Clinton also painted Trump as a potentially irresponsible leader who has offered "empty promises" and alongside "bigotry and bombast" since announcing his candidacy last year.

"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," she said.

For members of Delaware's delegation to the convention, Clinton's nomination meant generations of young women and girls would be inspired to do great things.

Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware was reminded of her nieces, whom she was told in a text message from her step-sister we're excited about Clinton.

"That's what Hillary Clinton being nominated means, not just for my generation but for two little 11-year -old girls. It means they can be president too," she said.

Clinton also appealed to staunch supporters of one-time primary competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). Many of his supporters have been demonstrating this week inside the Wells Fargo Center and around Philadelphia, even as the nominee spoke Thursday night.

Pledging to work with Sanders on issues like the affordability of college, Clinton asked Sanders backers for unity in the upcoming general election.

"Your cause is our cause," she said.

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Democratic National Convention 2016 | Final Day coverage and livestream

By Associated Press 12:15pm, July 28, 2016 - Updated 11:23pm, July 28, 2016
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia./(John Locher/AP)
The latest from the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

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10:16 p.m.

Chelsea Clinton offered a daughter's view of her mom's life work.

The former first daughter said she's had a "front-row seat" to watch how Hillary Clinton serves. She's describing her mom as a diligent public servant who looks for solutions and dives into policy.

Chelsea Clinton tells the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on Thursday that she's seen her mom surrounded by "stack of memos and reports" to review policy.

And she's seen her promise struggling mothers she'd do all she could to help them.

Chelsea Clinton says she's learned this from her mom: "Public service is about service."

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10:12 p.m.

Chelsea Clinton tells the Democratic convention that her mother has always made her feel "valued and loved," and she said Hillary Clinton wants that for every child.

The younger Clinton calls that desire "the calling of her life."

She's introducing the former secretary of state, who's set to formally accept the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency on Thursday night.

Chelsea Clinton notes that her parents "expected me to have opinions"--and that they taught her "to back them up with facts."

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10:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton may not be a typical grandma, but she's a doting one.

That's how daughter Chelsea Clinton described her mom as she introduces the presidential candidate at the Democratic convention.

Chelsea Clinton said her mother will drop everything to FaceTime her 2-year-old granddaughter Charlotte - even if she's about to walk on stage for a debate or campaign speech.

Chelsea Clinton says her mom will pause "for a few minutes of blowing kisses and reading `Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo."'

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9:55 p.m.

Katy Perry isn't afraid to get political.

The pop star prefaced her Democratic convention performance with a message for her young fans: Get out and vote.

Perry said the election is a chance to be as powerful as a National Rifle Association lobbyist--or a chance to cancel out what she called "your weird cousin's vote."

Perry noted she's been campaigning for Hillary Clinton since the Iowa caucuses.

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Despite being in a tough campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, Democratic Congressman Rep. Tammy Duckworth used her time on the Democratic National Convention stage to tell her life story.

Duckworth, who walked on stage with prosthetic legs and a cane, on Thursday called America "the greatest nation on earth, a nation that so many are willing to die defending." She added it is a nation which, if you work hard, won't abandon you.

Duckworth didn't miss a chance to take the obligatory jab at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying she didn't put her life on the line to defend democracy so that Trump could invite Russia to interfere in it. She was referencing Trump encouragement of Russia to find and make public emails deleted by opponent Hillary Clinton.

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9:40 p.m.

A retired Marine general delivered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton--and blasted Donald Trump for saying suspected terrorists should be tortured and for offering conditional U.S. support of NATO allies.

John Allen told Democratic delegates the election between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will help determine the country's future.

As the crowd chants "USA! USA!" Allen says he trusts Clinton to be commander in chief.

Allen says that under Clinton, the military won't become what he calls an "instrument of torture." Allen says that with Clinton in the White House, U.S. international relations won't be reduced to a business transaction.

Allen most recently served as America's special envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State militants. He's also a former commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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9:30 p.m.

The father of an Army captain--a Muslim-American killed in Iraq--has lead a strong condemnation of Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Khizr Khan is a Muslim who came to the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates. He's accusing Trump of smearing the character of Muslims and other groups.

"Let me ask you, have you ever read the United State Constitution?" Khan said in his speech at the Democratic convention as he directed his words at the GOP presidential nominee. "I will gladly lend you my copy."

Khan said his late son wouldn't have been allowed in the country if Trump's ban was in place.



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9:20 p.m.

The Bernie Sanders campaign urged calm among its 1,900 delegates on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

The campaign said in a text message to delegates it would be a "courtesy to Bernie" if the delegates show respect to Hillary Clinton when she gives her speech accepting the party's nomination for president.

The text told delegates the Clinton campaign asked her delegates on Monday to be respectful to Sanders when he spoke to the convention. The text asks delegates to "extend the same respect" to Clinton.

Some Sanders delegates are wearing high-visibility green T-shirts at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to express solidarity with the Vermont senator to the end of the convention.

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8:50 p.m.

Doug Elmets is a Republican who Democrats can cheer for.

Elmets--who worked in the Reagan White House--earned a roar from the crowd at the Democratic convention Thursday night when he took the stage and said he was backing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Elmets said Clinton will be the first Democrat to get his vote--and he blamed Donald Trump for driving him away from the Republican Party.

He's borrowing a line from the late Lloyd Bentsen--the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1988--to tweak Trump for likening himself to Reagan.

"I knew Ronald Reagan. I worked for Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump, you are no Ronald Reagan!"

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8:25 p.m.

Democrats held a political convention, and the governor of the host state actually came.

And spoke.

Tom Wolf took to the stage Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and took shots at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Wolf's presence in the convention hall was a reminder that Republicans couldn't feature a home-state governor at their convention in Cleveland last week because Ohio Republican John Kasich--a former Trump primary rival and sharp critic--steered clear of the GOP convention

Wolf said, unlike Trump, Hillary Clinton will "reward companies that share profits with their employees."

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8:10 p.m.

Democrats are targeting Donald Trump in their convention speeches, and the Republican presidential nominee is getting tired of it.

He said he wanted to "hit" some of them "so hard their heads would spin."

Trump hasn't identified any of them, but he told a crowd in Iowa that one certain speaker--Trump describes him as "a little guy" who he used to work with--particularly bothered him.

Might that be former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg? He had some dealings with Trump--a New York real estate developer--as the city's leader.

By the way, Bloomberg is listed as 5'8".

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7:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton said Americans are facing a stark choice in the presidential election--between her "steady leadership" on national security and what Donald Trump's offering.

That's according to excerpts of Clinton's nomination acceptance speech that her campaign has released ahead of her Thursday night address at the Democrat convention.

Clinton planned to tell Americans she understands their worries about turmoil in the world. She's said violent attacks in Iraq, France, Belgium and Florida have caused much unease and anxiety--and people are "looking for reassurance, looking for steady leadership."

She said she offers just that.

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7:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign offered a preview of her acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, where she'll say "America is once again at a moment of reckoning."

Clinton plans to tell the convention crowd later Thursday night that "powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart" and that Americans must "decide whether we're going to work together so we can all rise together."

Her campaign released excerpts of her upcoming speech.

Clinton said her primary mission as president will be to "create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States."

She said she'll focus on places which have been "left out and left behind,"--including inner cities and small towns, from "Indian Country to Coal Country" and "from the industrial Midwest to the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley."

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7:50 p.m.

A tense moment broke out at a flag-burning protest near the Democratic convention when two men started arguing over a small flag due to one man's mistaken belief that the other man planned to burn it.

Larry Peyton, of Tabernacle, New Jersey, was in the area to oppose Hillary Clinton's nomination when he came upon the protest involving the Revolution Club, a communist group. Peyton tugged at a flag being held by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask, and the two men argued over it for several minutes.

They dispute soon ended, and the small crowd gathered for the protest dissipated.

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7:30 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the "very soul of America" is at stake in this year's presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Speaking at his party's national convention Thursday evening, the Democratic governor said diversity is America's "greatest strength," but that Republicans want to use fear to divide the country.

Cuomo, who served in President Bill Clinton's cabinet, noted his past work with Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a "transformative" leader for the country.

He also touted liberal victories in New York state, including a ban on fracking, paid family leave and a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15.

During the 15-minute address to delegates Cuomo also honored his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who delivered a memorable keynote address at the 1984 Democratic convention.

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7:10 p.m.

A Hillary Clinton campaign adviser said he's not worried about winning over Bernie Sanders' supporters.

"Most of them are going to come around."

He knows there are some in the Sanders camp who are still "emotional" and wish Clinton didn't win more votes than the Vermont senator in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, said John Podesta, but most of Sanders' supporters are looking at the election as a choice between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Podesta spoke after some Sanders delegates at the party's convention wore neon yellow shirts to protest Clinton's nomination.

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6:50 p.m.

Some Bernie Sanders supporters will be wearing glow-in-the-dark shirts on the final night of Democrats convention in Philadelphia.

It's a way to remind presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that she hasn't brought them all on board yet, they said, but for Clinton, the silent protest is probably preferable to the heckling and booing that marked the early days of the convention.

Sanders delegate Davena Norris said her bright shirt is meant to send a message that more needs to be done to curb the influence of money in politics.

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6:45 p.m.

While campaigning in Iowa, Donald Trump largely avoided the topic that earned him the most criticism for this week.

Only a day ago, Trump encouraged Russia to find, and make public, missing emails deleted by his Democratic presidential opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Trump's comments raised the question of whether he was condoning foreign government hacking of U.S. computers and the public release of information stolen from political adversaries.

Trump was condemned by Clinton and even some of his fellow Republicans. Running mate Mike Pence warned of "serious consequences" if Russia interfered in the election.

Trump has since insisted he was being sarcastic.

At the Iowa rally, he did say he wanted better relations with Russia and joked that writing letters was more secure than "putting something on a computer."

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4:45 p.m.

Philadelphia's police commissioner said his officers have not used pepper spray on protesters during the Democratic National Convention, but transit officials say one of their officers did use one short burst.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee said it happened Tuesday night at the subway station next to the convention site. She says a crowd was kicking and hitting a fence and grabbing a federal law enforcement officer's arm.

Showell-Lee says the federal officer asked transit police to use pepper spray if the protesters "tried to attack the officers" again, and a transit officer used the spray. The fence was later locked into place.

During the convention, 103 protesters have been ticketed and fined. Police Commissioner Richard Ross said all but five of them came from outside Philadelphia.

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4:25 p.m.

Die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters from Oregon's delegation demand a nationally televised apology at the Democratic National Convention before Hillary Clinton takes the stage Thursday night to accept the presidential nomination.

The matter involves leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee that indicated party officials were biased against the Vermont senator.

The DNC has apologized and the party's leader, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is resigning her post.

But Melissa Pancurak told The Associated Press that those steps don't go far enough. She says the Oregon delegates are part of a coalition of Sanders supporters working to get their demand to appropriate DNC officials before Clinton's speech.

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4:20 p.m.

Donald Trump's stand on abortion has been inconsistent, but his running mate said Trump would be a "pro-life president."

While campaigning in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mike Pence said he wanted to make clear he opposed abortion, telling a town hall rally, "I don't apologize for it."

Pence drew the ire of abortion rights advocates in March after he signed a law banning abortions that were being sought because of fetal genetic defects. That law has since been blocked pending the outcome of a court challenge.

Pence says Trump would appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court who would send the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling to the "ash heap of history."

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4:05 p.m.

Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz have hit the stage at an invitation-only concert for Democratic convention delegates and guests.

The pop stars are performing Thursday afternoon at an amphitheater in Camden, New Jersey, across the river from Philadelphia.

Gaga opened with a jazzy version of the folk song "This Land is Your Land" and then Neil Young's "Old Man." She was introduced by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, who called her a star who's not afraid to speak out about sexual violence and mental health.

Kravitz ended his set by shouting "We the people. We the people. We the people." Kravitz also performed inside the convention on Wednesday night.

DJ Jazzy Jeff spun tunes in between sets.

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4 p.m.

"Disrespectful."

That's what Elijah Cummings thinks of liberal supporters of Bernie Sanders who chanted an anti-trade slogan during the Maryland congressman's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

But Cummings said he's not upset about it because he's a veteran of civil rights protests and understands the passion that drove the mostly young delegates to shout over his speech Monday and said, in an interview, that most of those who were shouting probably didn't know he worked with Sanders to draft the Democratic platform and he's "never voted for a trade bill in 20 years in Congress."

More than 100 people have apologized to him for the outbursts, he said.

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2:37 p.m.

President Barack Obama's mention of "fascists" and "homegrown demagogues" in his convention speech wasn't aimed at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

Obama said "anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end."

Obama had criticized Trump several times before arriving at that particular line in the speech, including saying that American power "doesn't come from a self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way."

Trump said in his acceptance speech at last week's GOP convention that "I alone can fix" a political system he says is rigged.

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2:19 p.m.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani gave Hillary Clinton credit for her work on behalf of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Giuliani was asked at a Republican Party briefing Thursday in Philadelphia whether he took issue with the Democratic convention speakers who'd been praising Clinton. Giuliani said she was "enormously supportive and helpful." Clinton was a U.S. senator from New York at the time.

He says Clinton "has a right to tell people that she worked hard on behalf of the 9/11 families." He adds that, "She did."

But Giuliani adds that "on all other aspects she fails the test." Clinton and Democrats, he says, have "not done anything to prevent another attack."

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1:50 p.m.

This time, Bill Clinton will be the adoring spouse, rapt and smiling when the cameras cut away from the candidate in the spotlight. He'll be the VIP box watching as Hillary Clinton takes the stage at the Democratic convention on Thursday.

It's one small step in the role reversal Americans will need to get used to if Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November.

Already, satires and spoofs are circulating, taking note of Bill's fashion choices, accessories and hair style. How about that fetching pantsuit! And that nice head of hair! Whose shoes is he wearing?

After all, that's what political wives have come to expect.

Bill Clinton, utterly comfortable in his own skin, seems to be just fine with trading places with his wife, the former first lady.

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12:23 p.m.

Mike Pence said he has a lot in common with the Republican presidential nominee--just not in matters of rhetorical style.

The Indiana governor and Trump's running mate said at a Wednesday campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that the two are "a bit different in style." He then trailed off and paused for several seconds before adding that their differences also extended to the Pence's family's "balance sheet."

But Pence said the two are united by a shared appreciation for hard work and value their families, and both had grandfathers who were immigrants to the United States.

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12:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton moved her Friday rally indoors due to the threat of thunderstorms.

It was moved from Philadelphia's Independence Mall to McGonigle Hall at Temple University, where she would be joined by former President Bill Clinton, her running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, and Kaine's wife, Anne Holton.

Clinton on Thursday night will formally accept her party's nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

After her noontime rally Friday, she was set to head out on a bus tour across Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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11 a.m.

On one of the biggest nights of the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama evoked the words of a Republican hero--former President Ronald Reagan.

Obama repeatedly summoned Reagan's hope and optimism Wednesday night as Democrats try to attract disenchanted Republican voters uneasy about Donald Trump's claim to the GOP mantle and fearful about a possible presidency.

As he made the case that Democrat Hillary Clinton is more qualified to serve in the White House, Obama drew a stark contrast with Trump's dark vision of the country. He reminded voters that Reagan famously called America "a shining city on a hill." Trump, he said, calls the United States "a divided crime scene" and hopes to win votes by scaring people over immigration and crime.

Evoking Reagan is nothing new for Obama, who also praised the Republican when he was running for president eight years ago and drew plenty of heat from his own party for doing so. As Obama battled Clinton for the 2008 Democratic nomination, he lauded Reagan for changing "the trajectory of America" and said that Republicans "were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time."

At the time, Hillary Clinton lambasted Obama for praising Reagan's legacy, saying the Republican had bad ideas that were bad for the country.

But Obama insisted Democrats could disagree with Reagan's specific policies, yet still admire him as a transformative political figure who was able to win over many Democrats and independents. He said Democrats needed to think in the same way if they had any hope of reclaiming the presidency.

Fast forward to Wednesday night, and Obama was at it again. He said the rhetoric at the GOP convention in Cleveland "wasn't particularly Republican, and it sure wasn't conservative."

"The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity," Obama said. "The America I know is decent and generous."

Obama criticized Trump for calling the U.S. military "a disaster" and suggesting the nation is weak. He said Trump's gloomy vision was "selling the American people short."

"America is already great," Obama said. "America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."

Former Reagan speechwriter John Podhoretz, now editor of the conservative Commentary magazine, took note on Twitter of the similarities between Obama's remarks and Reagan.

"Take about five paragraphs out of that Obama speech and it could have been a Reagan speech," he tweeted. "Trust me. I know."

Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, made a similar observation.

"American exceptionalism and greatness, shining city on hill, founding documents, etc. --they're trying to take all our stuff," he tweeted.

Shortly before Obama spoke, Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent Michael Bloomberg stood on the convention stage and urged voters to back Clinton, the "sane, competent person."

Several prominent Republicans, including the two former presidents Bush and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, have not endorsed Trump.

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10:30 a.m.

New Jersey U.S. Sen Bob Menendez said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Russia exposing Hillary Clinton's emails are an "act of treason."

The Democrat said Thursday at the state Democrats' breakfast, during an impassioned speech introducing Sen. Cory Booker, that the United States' role in the world matters, and he can't accept someone who thinks Russia is a friend--or who would negotiate with North Korea.

He was the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before voluntarily stepping down last year after he was indicted on corruption charges. He has pled not guilty and faces trial later this year.

Trump said he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Clinton's missing emails

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10:28 a.m.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the CIA should give Donald Trump "fake intelligence briefings" because he can't be trusted.

The Nevada Democrat told reporters in Philadelphia that "they shouldn't give him anything that means anything because you can't trust him," in response to Trump's call for Russia to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails.

He added he's sure the agency is aware of his suggestion, and said Trump may have violated the Logan Act that bars unauthorized U.S. citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

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10 a.m.

Republicans from North Carolina have apologized to Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for mistakenly critiquing him for wearing a foreign flag during his acceptance speech.

The state GOP sent out a tweet Wednesday night saying it was "shameful" for Kaine to wear a Honduras flag during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Kaine spent a year in Honduras as a missionary. But Ben Amey, a reporter for WNYT-TV in Albany, New York, pointed out on Twitter that Kaine's pin was actually the symbol for families with a member serving in the military.

Kaine's son, a Marine, is currently deployed.

Amey posted a screen grab of the party's original tweet, which the GOP has since deleted. Also on Twitter, the party thanked Amey for "letting us correct our mistake."

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9:56 a.m.

The North Carolina Republican Party removed a tweet criticizing Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for wearing a pin honoring his son's military service.

The tweet posted during Kaine's Democratic National Convention speech Wednesday night said Kaine "wears a Honduras flag pin on his jacket but no American flag. Shameful."

The pin in question has a single blue star against a white background outlined in red. It's the same design as the Service Flag, which is reserved for families who have members serving in the military during wartime. The flag of Honduras has five stars against a blue and white striped background. Kaine's son is a Marine set to be deployed to Europe.

The party hasn't responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

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9:30 a.m.

One of The Washington Post's reporters was barred from entering a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence near Milwaukee.

The newspaper said Post reporter Jose DelReal was turned down for a credential before the rally and tried to enter through general admission. DelReal was stopped by private security who said he couldn't enter with his laptop and cellphone. The Post says the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department verified DelReal had no phone after patting him down, but DelReal still was denied entry.

Trump banned the Post from being credentialed for campaign events last month.

Post executive editor Martin Baron said DelReal was subjected to "bullying treatment that no ordinary citizen has to endure."

Pence spokesman Marc Lotter told the The Associated Press, "Our events are open to everyone and we are looking into the alleged incident."

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9:22 a.m.

Sen. Sherrod Brown shed some light on what he called the "arduous" vetting process for vice president.

The Ohioan confirmed to reporters Wednesday that he was on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's short list of prospective running mates. She ultimately selected Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Brown described being painstakingly background-checked, effectively deposed by a team of lawyers and interviewed by Clinton for 90 minutes at her home in northwest Washington. He said the process lasted 32 days.

The 63-year-old Brown had been adamant he was happy being senator and had no interest in higher office. He told the press he couldn't help getting "a little more interested" as the vetting process proceeded. But he said he's thrilled Clinton picked Kaine, who's one of his best friends.

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8:42 a.m.

Tim Kaine said his one-time opposition to same-sex marriage changed because he realized that those trying to ban it in Virginia were trying to make it "a hostile place for people" he cares about.

Kaine, Virginia's former governor, was responding to a radio ad in which Kaine said, "I'm against same sex marriage. I'm a conservative."

Kaine said Thursday that as governor, he opposed an effort to ban same-sex marriage in Virginia. He said he decided "we really can't discriminate against people," and described himself as a progressive in the conservative South, which "may be different" than being a progressive elsewhere in the U.S.

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7:30 a.m.

Tim Kaine mocked Donald Trump for being ignorant of "basic civics" and wrongly saying Kaine was a terrible governor of New Jersey.

Hillary Clinton's running mate was governor of Virginia--not New Jersey--and now represents the commonwealth in the U.S. Senate.

Kaine ladled on the sarcasm Thursday, suggesting that "you've got to give a guy a break who's only been in politics for the last month or two, and not that well informed."

More seriously, Kaine said the presidential race is an "existential choice for the country" over questions like bringing back torture and "punishing people because of their religion."

Trump has suggested reviving waterboarding against captured extremists and imposing a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the U.S.

Kaine was interviewed on ABC News' "Good Morning America."

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6:10 a.m.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump dismissed heavy Democratic criticism as "mostly false stuff," while telling Fox News Channel in an interview broadcast Thursday that "I guess I take it a little bit personally, but you can't let it get you down."

The billionaire real estate mogul was interviewed following a campaign appearance Wednesday evening in Scranton, Pennsylvania. At an earlier campaign appearance, he encouraged Russia to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. This led to a fiery debate over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics.

In the Fox interview, he seemed to back away somewhat on saying he thought Russia was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee emails, saying "who knows who it is." He called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a better leader" than President Barack Obama because "Obama is not a good leader. He's doing a better job than Obama."

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3:20 a.m.

Hillary Clinton has the stage.

Stepping out of the shadows of presidents past, the former first lady, senator, and vanquished-candidate-turned-secretary-of-state appeared unannounced on the platform at her nominating convention, pointed a finger at President Barack Obama, and gave him a hug.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama look out across a sea of supporters after she unexpectedly joined him on stage following Obama's endorsement speech for Clinton./Shared by @DemConvention on Twitter

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Clinton had just been anointed the inheritor of Obama's legacy with his vigorous endorsement speech, the candidate who could realize the "promise of this great nation."

"She's been there for us, even if we haven't always noticed," Obama said Wednesday, imploring the country to elect the woman he defeated eight years ago.

"If you're serious about our democracy, you can't afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You've got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn't a spectator sport. America isn't about 'Yes he will.' It's about 'Yes we can."'

Clinton will deliver her acceptance speech to Democratic National Convention delegates Thursday night.

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  • Del. native to become first openly transgender person to address convention
  • In DNC speech, Biden says too dangerous to make Trump president
  • Delaware casts 23 delegates for Clinton, 9 for Sanders
  • Clinton gets nomination, most DE delegates, but some Sanders supporters hold out
  • Clinton nominated, sees 'biggest crack' in glass ceiling
  • Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: Day 2 coverage
  • The DNC's oldest delegate leads Pledge of allegiance
  • Biden: Sanders' supporters are OK
  • DNC Day 1: Sanders says he's 'proud to stand' with Clinton
  • DNC Protests: Sanders supporters march across Ben Franklin Bridge
  • Delaware Democrats hope email controversy won't prevent unity at DNC
  • Fudge to Sanders supporters: Don't vote Green



  • WATCH: Delaware native Sarah McBride becomes first transgender person to address DNC

    By Tom Lehman 10:18pm, July 28, 2016
    Sarah McBride addresses the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. (YouTube screenshot)
    A Delaware native made history at the Democratic National Convention by becoming the first openly transgender person to speak center stage for a major political party.

    Sarah McBride, a 25-year-old Washington D.C. resident who works for the Human Rights Campaign, told the crowd gathered at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia that the nation is moving in the right direction when it comes to accepting gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans but more work is needed to protect their rights nationwide.

    Although some states like Delaware have passed non-discrimination protection laws, McBride said those same safeguards need to be present throughout the country.

    “Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, only one way to live? Or will we be a nation be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally, a nation that’s stronger together?” she said.



    McBride, who also serves as an officer for the Equality Delaware, discussed the inspiration she found from her late husband Andrew, who was also transgender, and his bravery in the face of cancer that ultimately took his life.

    The two married in 2014 but Andrew passed away four days later. McBride said knowing him profoundly changed her life.

    “Even in the face of this terminal illness, this 28-year-old, he never wavered in his commitment to our cause and his belief that this country can change,” she said.

    McBride told the crowd Hillary Clinton understood the LGBT community and its causes, like passing the federal Equality Act, ending violence against transgender women of color, and taking steps to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

    “Tomorrow we can be respected and protected, especially if Hillary Clinton is our president, and that why I’m proud to say ‘I’m with her,’” she said.


    10K+ sign banner supporting law enforcement at Cabela's at Christiana Mall

    By Amy Cherry 5:29pm, July 28, 2016
    VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry has the story.
    It's hard for shoppers to miss the giant banner that reads "Thank you," as they walk into Cabela's at the Christiana Mall.

    It's not for shopping there, however. It's for law enforcement--and the community was invited to share in giving thanks.

    "In two days, we filled the banner...completely, on both sides...and had to get a second banner," said store marketing manager Eric Williams. "(We) have a third one, waiting for this one to be filled."

    All kinds of creative messages are written by those stopping to sign banners honoring law enforcement at Cabela's. (Amy Cherry/WDEL)

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    He wanted to do something nice for law enforcement, Williams said, especially at a time when tensions are heightened around the nation.

    "We wanted to say 'thank you' in any way we could," said Williams. "They're kind of under siege a little bit right now, so we wanted to say 'thank you' so they could feel appreciated, which I don't think they're feeling right now."

    More than 10,000 people have signed banners at Cabela's for law enforcement. (Amy Cherry/WDEL)

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    Messages came from some as young as five years old, who could barely reach the table to sign.

    "Thank you for protecting us."

    "Blue Lives Matter."

    "Thank you for all you do and the sacrifices you have made."

    "Keep the faith!"

    All messages adorning the banner from appreciative members of the community.

    The notes came not just from Delawareans, but from people visiting from Texas, West Virginia, and even Puerto Rico. Some wrote in foreign languages--showing the love for law enforcement is universal.

    Many even went beyond signing the banner, shaking hands and thanking officers personally for their service.

    "Some of them are like, 'We don't know how you guys do what (you) do,' but we tell them, basically, because of you, coming out to support us," said Sgt. Richard Bratz with the Delaware State Police.

    Delaware State Police officers pose with members of the public after they signed the banner.  (Amy Cherry/WDEL)

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    The banners will be available to sign through the weekend at Cabela's. When they're finished, they'll be given to Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police, and Newark Police departments.

    Bratz called it the "ultimate compliment."

    "This job can be tough sometimes. It's good to see people come out and support us," he said. "It helps us to keep going at times. It motivates us to do more ourselves."

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    Former airman convicted in toddler's death

    By Associated Press 4:21am, July 29, 2016
    A former airman who was caring for the 21-month-old son of another airman who was deployed to Qatar has been convicted in the child's death.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Corbett was convicted of criminally negligent homicide Thursday. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Corbett had been charged with first-degree murder by abuse or neglect in Evan Dudley's death.

    Authorities say Corbett, who was serving at Dover Air Force Base, was caring for Evan in November 2012 while the boy's mother, also a Dover airman, was deployed. Police say Corbett called 911 to report that Evan was unresponsive after falling down stairs.

    The boy died at a hospital. His death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma.

    Corbett faces up to eight years in prison at sentencing on Sept. 15.


    Hockessin house fire apparently sparked by lightning strike

    By Frank Gerace 7:49pm, July 28, 2016 - Updated 10:18pm, July 28, 2016
    A Thursday afternoon house fire in Hockessin was apparently started by a lightning strike.

    It happened around 2:45 p.m. in the 300 block of Deergrass Road in Bon Ayre.

    WDEL News will have more details as they become available.


    Sinkhole traps dump truck in Wilmington

    By DJ McAneny 1:23pm, July 28, 2016 - Updated 1:42pm, July 28, 2016
    A dump truck caught in a sinkhole in Wilmington
    Wilmington Police closed a city road for a period while dealing with a sinkhole that opened up beneath the wheels of a dump truck Thursday.

    According to authorities, the sinkhole occurred in the 800 block of North Shipley Street, "disabling" a truck in the process.

    All area traffic was being diverted to West 9th Street for an undetermined amount of time.

    Wilmington License and Inspection was on scene investigating. There were no injuries.

    A sinkhole that opened up in Wilmington, trapping a dump truck.

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    DSP: 4 caught, 1 sought for stealing, selling chainsaws from Kent, Sussex businesses

    By Frank Gerace 9:24pm, July 28, 2016 - Updated 10:18pm, July 28, 2016
    Four suspects are under arrest, and another still at large. All five are charged with breaking into businesses in Kent and Sussex counties and making off with chainsaws and cash.

    Mightys Gibbs, Tavon Johnson, Jaydenn Clough, Qadir Bryant and Robert Mannings, III are accused of breaking into five businesses--one of them twice--between July 5, 2016 and July 11, 2016, stealing the stuff and selling the saws, Delaware State Police said.

    After officers from Caln Township, Pennsylvania alerted troopers July 14 that several suspects were selling a lot of chainsaws to a pawnshop in Thorndale, detectives identified two of the sellers as Gibbs and Tavon Johnson.

    Four nights later, troopers noticed a black Honda Accord parked on Big Stone Beach Road near New Warf Road with just its parking light on, and when they pulled behind the suspicious car to question its occupants, the car's headlights came on and it started to pull away.

    The Honda stopped about a quarter of a mile away, but not before two men bailed out of the back seat.

    Police arrested Johnson, who was in the front passenger seat, and Clough, who was driving; Bryant and Mannings were arrested Monday and Tuesday. Gibbs is still on the loose, and police are asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to call detectives at 302.698.8426.

    Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333 or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."


    Knife-point robbery foiled by Wilmington Manor gas station employee who grabs bat and starts swinging

    By DJ McAneny 4:52pm, July 28, 2016 - Updated 5:19pm, July 28, 2016
    A man attempted to rob a Wilmington Manor gas station at knife-point, but changed his mind when the employee retrieved a baseball bat from behind the counter and started swinging.

    According to Delaware State Police, a man entered the BP at 601 North DuPont Highway at 7:22 p.m., brandishing a knife.

    The suspect confronted an employee and a customer, making demands for cash from the register, but the suspect fled when the employee pulled out a baseball bat and swung it at the suspect.

    The suspect was described as a white male, 5'5" to 5'8" in height, weighing 130 to 140 lbs., with something covering his face.

    However, at the BP gas station at 2360 Pulaski Highway in Glasgow--roughly 20 minutes away from the first location by car--a similarly described suspect entered the location armed with a knife at 8:36 p.m.

    Police did not say the incidents were connected.

    There, a man pulled a knife on a clerk, demanded cash from the register, and fled when the clerk complied with his orders.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.365.8566 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.


    Police: Seaford man tells Court Collections office 'I’ll just blow the place up'

    By Mark Fowser/WXDE 3:24pm, July 28, 2016
    Herbert J. Higgins Jr./Courtesy Delaware Capitol Police
    A Seaford man was charged with making a threat to "blow up" the Delaware Probation and Parole Annex building on East Pine Street in Georgetown.

    Capitol Police said 59-year-old Herbert J. Higgins Junior apparently became agitated while making a payment Wednesday and stated, "Well, I'll just blow the place up."

    Higgins was later taken into custody at the Probation and Parole Home Confinement unit on Route 113.

    He was committed to the the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of a combined $10,000 bond on charges of probation violation and terroristic threatening.


    Suspect charged after being interrupted mid-burglary attempt outside Stanton, police say

    By DJ McAneny 5:10pm, July 28, 2016
    Michael Stonebreaker/Courtesy New Castle County Police
    A 38-year-old man was arrested in connection to an interrupted burglary in the Rutherford community outside Stanton, New Castle County Police said Thursday.

    According to authorities, a victim arrived at his home in the unit block of Turf Lane at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, and found an individual police identified as Michael Stonebreaker attempting to kick in and pry open the rear door with a hammer.

    Stonebreaker ran, and fled from the scene in a blue Chevrolet S-10, authorities said.

    Police failed to locate him at the time, but received a notification at 2:40 p.m. that Stonebreaker was spotted leaving a vacant residence in the unit block of Mavista Circle. Authorities found him at his own residence, then, in the described vehicle, they said, and with implicating evidence.

    Stonebreaker was charged with second-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglar tools, misdemeanor criminal mischief, and first-degree criminal trespass. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute in lieu of $15,000 cash bond, and issued a no contact order with the Rutherford community.


    Delaware AG files suit against Michigan brothers previously banned from state for scamming small businesses

    By DJ McAneny 1:58pm, July 28, 2016
    The Delaware Department of Justice's Consumer Protect Unit has filed a complaint in the Court of Chancery to block a company based in Michigan from operating in Delaware.

    Three men who had entered into a cease and desist agreement with Delaware earlier in 2016 for sending "deceptive and misleading solicitations" to state businesses, began participating in the same practices again, under a different name, according to the DOJ.

    The men, identified by the indictment as brothers Thomas, Steven, and Joseph Fata, would mail official-looking, but fake, state government documents that would trick unsuspecting small Delaware businesses into paying $125 for generation of unnecessary corporate forms.

    Beginning in 2013, the men had been operating under Corporate Records Service/Mandatory Poster Agency, and, in January 2016, agreed to pay a $200,000 penalty--of which $175,000 was suspended--provided they did not violate the order for a period of five years, and paid back $21,125 to 169 Delaware-incorporated businesses, which occurred in May of 2016, according to justice officials.

    In June 2016, however, officials said they discovered the men--calling themselves the Delaware Council for Corporations--were again soliciting Delaware corporations with deceptive mailings offering unnecessary services for $125, again misrepresenting corporate law, and causing the likelihood of confusion or of misunderstanding of the State of Delaware's approval of the company and its services.

    "This is a company our attorneys and investigators believe got caught selling forms to Delaware businesses under false pretenses, agreed to stop, and then did it again, so we’re asking the court to prohibit them from doing business here again and impose an appropriate financial penalty," Attorney General Matt Denn said.

    The newest complaint alleged the previous cease and desist had been violated, along with the Consumer Fraud Act and Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The Delaware DOJ would be permitted to recover $175,000 in civil penalties previously suspended, as well as an enhancement of $25,000 per "willful violations."


    Here are all 57 #DonkeysAroundTown in Philly for the DNC

    By DJ McAneny 7:43pm, July 27, 2016
    A screenshot of the Donkey Hunter blog
    As part of the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia, 57 artists created 57 donkey statues, each decked out to represent a state or territory. Below, a collection of those who've come across each one.

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    Courtesy Alexander Pavloff

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