Live from the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia

     (CN) – A team of reporters from Courthouse News is reporting live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Tensions boiled over Tuesday as many Sanders supporters continue to ignore his plea to fall in line for Hillary Clinton.     
     
     11:17 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – Newly minted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed delegates at the Democratic National Convention live from New York Tuesday night.
     “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Clinton said, via a live video feed.     
     Clinton’s speech came over the massive video boards on the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, after a short video ran through pictures of all of the nation’s presidents. The video zoomed out, showing all of their pictures at once before Clinton “shattered” the image, sending digital broken glass flying.     
     Clinton became the first woman to earn the nomination of a major political party in the United States Tuesday afternoon.

     10:06 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – Continuing a night celebrating Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination for president, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright praised Clinton as a hard worker prepared to serve as commander-in-chief.
     Albright, herself a pioneer as the first woman to serve as secretary of state, praised Clinton’s work in the same role under President Barack Obama and as an advocate for the military and human rights.
     “As I travel around the world today, I am reminded how important it is that the person who represents our nation is trusted by our allies, who listens more than she talks,” Albright said.
     Albright also condemned Republican nominee Donald Trump as doing damage to the country’s image simply by running for office.
     “He has undermined our fight against terrorism by alienating our Muslim partners,” Albright said. “He has weakened our standing in the world by threatening to walk away from our friends and our allies and by encouraging more countries to get nuclear weapons.”
     Albright questioned Trump’s occasional praise of dictators like Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin, calling it dangerous.
     “Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain, I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light,” Albright said. “Trump’s dark vision of America, one that’s isolated in the world, alienated from our allies would be a disaster. We must make sure that this never happens.”
     Beyond endorsing Clinton’s performance in both the Senate and in the executive branch, Albright also told stories of Clinton as a friend she has known for more than 25 years.
     She said Clinton did not like the Czech cabbage that Albright made her try when visiting her home city of Prague, and that Clinton honed her management skills as a mother and grandmother.
     But she focused most of her speech on Clinton’s qualifications to serve in the White House, which she defended as sterling.
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     9:44 p.m.
     
     Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters have ended their sit-in inside a media tent at the Democratic convention site in Philadelphia, while protests outside have calmed down, too.
     Inside the arena, after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to claim the presidential nomination of a major U.S. party, Sanders delegates walked out and held about an hour-long sit-in at a media tent.
     Outside, police started detaining Sanders supporters who climbed the 8-foot fences at the edge of the secure zone around the Wells Fargo Center.
     It wasn’t immediately known how many people had been detained.
     Groups of protesters, with a banner that read “RIP DNC,” have begun marching back up Broad Street toward Philadelphia’s City Hall, where a number of marches originated earlier Tuesday.
     Police have begun detaining Bernie Sanders supporters who are climbing the 8-foot fences at the edge of the secure zone around the Democratic convention site.
     Groups of Sanders supporters and protesters are standing outside of a gate around the subway station that serves the Wells Fargo Center.
     Inside the arena, after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to claim the presidential nomination of a major U.S. party, Sanders delegates walked out and held a sit-in inside a media tent.
     An Associated Press photographer witnessed one police officer spraying something at the protesters outside of the AT&T subway station that serves the convention site.
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     9:42 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – On the day Bernie Sanders’ political revolution bowed out of the spotlight, a forefather to his movement praised Hillary Clinton for her commitment to healthcare at the Democratic National Convention.
     Opening up a star-studded end to a long day at the convention, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean called Clinton an advocate for health care reform and attacked Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
     “We’ve made so much progress,” Dean said. “And now, we need to elect the person who will finish the job. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary has a plan to drive down health care costs. Hillary has a plan to stand up to the drug companies and lower prescription drug prices. And Hillary has a plan to take us that last mile and finally achieve healthcare for all Americans. That is what Hillary will do.”
     Dean drew a loud cheer from the otherwise sleepy crowd in Philadelphia when he walked onto the stage and addressed his speech to “Democrats, Independents and… the millions of Republicans who don’t recognize the party they saw and heard in Cleveland.”
     Dean mounted a grassroots-supported campaign for president in 2004 that fell short of its ultimate goal but pioneered some of the same fundraising and outreach programs Sanders took advantage of in his run for the White House.
     The former governor called on audience members to donate and volunteer for Clinton, a candidate he said would help the middle class and make sound decisions “rooted in fact.”
     “If that’s the president we want, if that’s the America we believe in, then do not wait until November to make your voice heard,” Dean said.
     Dean finished his speech with the same rant that culminated with the “Dean Scream” that became a common highlight of his 2004 run for president. Delegates cheered as he neared the end, but he did not repeat the infamous sound. — Tim Ryan
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     8:40 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – A group of mothers who lost children in run-ins with the law addressed the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, drawing chants of “black lives matter” from the crowd.
     Mothers of the Movement, a group that includes the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner and Sandra Bland, endorsed Hillary Clinton as the candidate who will fight for racial justice and spoke of the hardships that face young black men in the United States.
     “I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight, because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names,” Geneva Reed-Veal, Bland’s mother, said during the emotional speech.
     Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, called herself an “unwilling participant” in the movement and held up Clinton as a candidate who would achieve their goals.
     “Hillary is the one mother who can ensure that our movement will succeed,” Fulton said.
     The mothers drew loud cheers from the assembled delegates and chants of “black lives matter” followed them off the stage.
     “I lived in fear that my son would die like this,” Lucy McBath, the mother of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was gunned down at a Florida gas station allegedly for playing his music too loud. “I even warned him that because he was a young, black man, he would meet people who didn’t value him or his life. That is a conversation that no parent should ever have with their child.”
     Before the mothers spoke to delegate, a video recapping Clinton’s meeting with the group played on the large video screens on the stage.
     Click here to see a brief video of the scene at the DNC.
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     8:04 p.m.
     
     Despite Hillary Clinton’s formally receiving the Democratic party’s nomination over an hour ago, protests continue unabated on the streets outside the convention.
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     7:49 pm.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) — Actress Elizabeth Banks mocked Donald Trump’s entrance last week at the Republican National Convention by taking the stage silhouetted against a white background to Queen’s We are the Champions.
     Banks joked that she was able to buy Trump’s fog machine online for thirty bucks.
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     7:34 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – In a prerecorded address to the Democratic National Convention, President Jimmy Carter implored young voters brought to the party through Sen. Bernie Sanders to vote in November.
     “I say stay engaged, stay involved and be sure to vote this November,” Carter said.
     Carter praised Sanders’ campaign and both Democratic candidates for keeping a respectful discourse during the primary season, which he contrast with the ugly Republican nominating contest.
     He called Hillary Clinton, who clinched the Democratic nomination earlier Tuesday afternoon, a capable leader who presents a major contrast to Republican nominee Donald Trump.
     “We Americans have a clear choice before us,” Carter said in the prerecorded video. – Tim Ryan
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     7:23 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – Minutes after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major party, Democratic congresswomen took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to celebrate the moment.
     “Ninety-six years after American women first earned the right to vote, 96 years ago, we are preparing to shatter the highest, strongest marble ceiling in our country by electing Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told the audience at the convention.
     The congresswomen on the stage basked in the sight of a woman sitting atop a major party’s ticket and attacked Republicans for their stances on abortion and healthcare.
     Each taking a turn at the podium in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the women touched on every part of Clinton’s policy platform and praised her as a progressive choice for the party. – Tim Ryan
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     6:37 p.m.
     
     (AP) – Hillary Clinton has won the convention votes needed to capture the Democratic presidential nomination — and make history as the first woman to become the White House nominee of a major U.S. political party.
     The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state had faced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a tough primary fight for the nomination.
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     5:43 p.m.
     
     (AP) – Hillary Clinton has had her name placed in nomination for president.
     Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski has done that honor at the Democratic National Convention — and says she’s delivering a speech on behalf of “all women who have broken down barriers for others.”
     Mikulski was the first Democratic woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right.
     Later Tuesday night, Clinton is set to become the first woman to be nominated for president of a U.S. political major party.
     Clinton’s nomination was seconded by a leader of the civil rights movement, Georgia Rep. John Lewis. He tells the convention the nation had made “too much progress and we are not going back.”
     He’s asking the delegates to vote in November “like we have never ever voted before.”
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     Kentucky’s secretary of state is calling Donald Trump “an unsteady, unqualified bully” and is recounting her long friendship with Hillary Clinton.
     Alison Lundergan Grimes is using her speech at the Democratic National Convention to offer insights about Clinton’s personal side.
     She’s stressing Clinton’s support for equal pay for women, voting rights, affordable health care and pensions for retired coal miners.
     Grimes describes Clinton as a family-oriented grandmother who enjoys watching HGTV and eating Buffalo wings.
     As for Trump, Grimes is portraying the GOP presidential nominee as “an unsteady, unqualified bully who points fingers rather than offering a hand to those who are defenseless.”
     Grimes lost to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in a high-profile race in 2014.
     
     
     5:27 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) — The support for Sen. Bernie Sanders on the floor of the Democratic National Convention was fierce during speeches nominating him for president, but the crowd went wild for the round of speakers nominating Hillary Clinton, a reversal from the animosity toward the potential first female president in American history felt Monday.
     It was as if the Clinton delegates made it the Wells Fargo Center a day late.
     “Some people want to rant, but Hillary wants to get results,” said Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski. “She’ll fight for macro issues and she’ll fight for macaroni and cheese issues.”
     Mikulski was universally cheered even by delegates holding signs for Sanders.
     Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was greeted with a warm applause, telling the crowd, “We are not going back, we are going forward.”
     Delegates cheered and waved Clinton signs as Lewis announced his nomination of Clinton.
     “Tonight in the birthplace of our country, we renew our commitment to democracy with an historic step toward gender equality,” said Na’ilah Amaru, a New York democrat who won a contest to nominate Clinton at the convention. – Ryan Abbott
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     5:07 p.m.
     
     (CN) – Hillary Clinton will make history Tuesday night as she becomes the first woman to be the standard-bearer for a major political party vying for the White House.
     The roll call got underway shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the East.
     After the roll call of states formalizing Clinton’s nomination, former President Bill Clinton will take the stage for a history-making appearance of his own at the Democratic convention.
     Former presidents often vouch for their potential successors, but never before has that candidate also been a spouse.
     Clinton’s campaign hopes a night of highlighting her achievements, and bolstered by personal stories and praise from Democratic Party luminaries, can both chip away at the deep distrust many voters have expressed for the former secretary of state and finally put an end to the unrest that has largely defined the convention in
     Much of the convention’s second night will be devoted to introducing voters to Clinton anew, including three hours of speakers who will highlight issues she has championed for years, including health care and advocacy for children and families.
     The stories will be told be told by a long list of lawmakers, celebrities and advocates. Among those pledging support for Clinton will be the “mothers of the movement” — several black women whose children were victims of gun violence.
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     4:56 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) — The backlash against Hillary Clinton from supporters of her primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders was less prevalent during the opening call to order and the first few speakers.
     The DNC’s second day opened with an ode to Americans with disabilities, with former Sen. Tom Harkin from Iowa teaching the crowd the sign for America.
     “This is the America we all want, disabled and non-disabled, and it is the America President Hillary Clinton will fight for, where every person is respected, valued and treated with dignity,” Harkin said.
     Only the faintest whisper of protest from the Bernie delegation could be heard. An isolated “Bernie Sanders” chant broke out near the California delegation while Harkin yielded the podium to Alison Grimes of Kentucky.
     After Grimes left the stage, the room was taken over with “Hillary!” chants, with only a few chants for Bernie heard, until DNC Chair returned to the stage to announce that Sanders would give a nominating speech, which was roundly cheered.
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     4:35 p.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) — Rep. Marsha Fudge, the acting Democratic Committee Chair called the second day of the Democratic National Convention to order, giving a brief speech on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
     Fudge touted the Democratic Party’s championing of rights for disabled Americans, giving her speech flanked by two sign language interpreters.
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     3:01 p.m.
     
     (AP) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign says several party luminaries will formally put forth her name as the first woman ever to win a major party’s presidential nomination.
     Among those set to nominate the former secretary of state Tuesday are Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis and Iraq war veteran Na’ilah Amaru.
     The statement said that the list of nominators will include “people who know her best and who have seen her dedication and commitment to delivering real results for families.”
     A roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later Tuesday is expected to end with Clintonbeing named the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. party.
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     2:44 p.m.
     
     (AP) – Jim Hightower, a former Texas agriculture commissioner and a Sanders delegate, says both he and former NAACP president Ben Jealous have been asked by other Sanders delegates about being nominated for vice president on the floor. Hightower says both he and Jealous have declined.
     Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s running mate and will be formally nominated at the convention.
     Some Sanders delegates say that Kaine is too centrist and have been discussing ways to register their unhappiness, including talk of turning their backs during Kaine’s speech.
     Hightower says he has also heard of talk of a public demonstration on the convention floor in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
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     1:15 p.m.
     
     (AP) – Few, if any, of the Bernie Sanders supporters rallying near City Hall in Philadelphia appear to be following the Vermont senator’s plea to fall in line for Hillary Clinton.
     Leadoff speaker Debbie Lusignan is a progressive video blogger. She calls the primary process “a coup” and says Clinton “lied her way from Iowa to California.”
     Some of the hundreds of people enduring the Tuesday’s afternoon sun on another steamy day in Philadelphia are chanting “Bernie or bust.”
     Others say they’ll vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. A passer-by at the rally complained that a Stein vote amounts to a vote for Trump.
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     12:06 p.m.
     
     (AP) – Tensions boiled over Tuesday at the Texas delegation breakfast, after Russell Lytle, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Denton, took the stage and suggested condemning “our currently presumptive nominee.”
     A shouting match ensued including calls of “grow up!” It took several minutes for Hillary Clinton supporters to calm things down.
     Lytle later released a hand-signed statement saying that in a moment of “passion,” he voiced thoughts that did not reflect his intention of “promoting productive dialogue.”
     Rafael Anchia, a state lawmaker from Dallas and Clinton superdelegate, shrugged off the chaotic scene as normal for conventions.
     Anchia said he expects all this to be forgotten by the end of the week. “In the end, the old proverb of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ will prevail,” he said.
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     9:38 a.m.
     
     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis demanded an active, progressive and hopeful Democratic Party in a speech to the California delegation Tuesday morning.
     He lamented the U.S. Supreme Court’s “gutting” of the Voting Rights Act and implored the delegates assembled at the California breakfast meeting to get out the vote in November to help defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump.
     “We must defeat Trump, we must do it,” Lewis said. “If we fail to do it, history will not be kind to us.”
     Lewis last month led a historic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand a vote on gun control, and briefly mentioned the protest as an example of the fight Democrats are trying to win against Republicans in Washington.
     He called voting the most important nonviolent act and said that while he “bled” in Selma in 1965, many all over the South died for that right. He mentioned long voting lines in Arizona as an affront to the “almost sacred” right to vote. — Tim Ryan
     
     

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