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PHILADELPHIA — The latest on the Democratic National Convention, where the party nominated Hillary Clinton (all times EDT):

11:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Democrats "just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling" on night of her presidential nomination.


11:05 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton has ended his speech to the Democratic convention by pushing back against what he calls the Republicans' "cartoon" version of his wife.

The former president tells the crowd in Philadelphia about Hillary Clinton's role as a mother, a child advocate, an elected official and secretary of state.

Bill Clinton says "life in the real world is complicated and real change is hard." But he calls her the best "change-maker" he's ever known, and urges them to vote for her for the sake of their children and grandchildren.


11 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton says Hillary Clinton never quits, and he recalls some of his primary campaigning this spring as proof.

He says his wife sent him to West Virginia "to look those coal miners in the eye" even though "we knew we were going to lose" the state to Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton has been criticized for saying in an interview that coal miners and companies would be put out of work.

She later said she meant only that a changing energy market place was shrinking demand. But some coal miners took the comments personally.

Bill Clinton says he and his wife campaigned in coal country anyway. He says she wants to prove she'll work for a new economy that benefits all Americans, including coal miners who will never vote for her.


10:50 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is offering a spirited defense of his wife's tenure as secretary of state.

He tells Democratic convention delegates in Philadelphia that his wife was instrumental in protecting American interests, combating terrorism and advancing human rights.

Contrast that with the Republicans' view — they paint "the Obama-Clinton foreign policy" as a failure.

Among other things, Bill Clinton says his wife put "climate change at the center of our foreign policy" and "backed President Barack Obama's decision to go after Osama bin Laden."

Clinton notes that his wife accepted the nation's top diplomatic post only after losing a bitter Democratic primary contest to Obama in 2008.

He says she "loved being a senator from New York," but ultimately accepted the president-elect's request that she join his Cabinet.

Bill Clinton says that experience is part of what makes his wife so prepared to be the 45th president.


10:45 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is drawing attention to Hillary Clinton's Senate years — noting she held the same New York seat as the late Robert F. Kennedy.

And, he tells delegates at the Democratic convention, "she didn't let him down."

Bill Clinton recalls that his wife's early days in the Senate were dominated by the 9/11 attacks and her later work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He recalls that she served on a special Pentagon commission with former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Clinton says Gingrich said she did a good job.

Summing up her record, Bill Clinton says she had a "totally progressive record on economic and social issues."


10:40 p.m.

The "best darn change-maker I've met in my entire life."

That's how former President Bill Clinton is describing his wife as he lays out her life story in a speech at the Democratic National Convention.

He cites her work as first lady in winning congressional approval for a children's health insurance program and a bill that made it easy for parents to adopt children.

The 42nd president tells the crowd that Hillary Clinton worked with Republican House leader and fierce Clinton critic Tom Delay on the adoption bill.

Bill Clinton says she did it because "she's a change-maker. That's what she does."

Among those in the crowd are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Chelsea Clinton — seated with the North Dakota delegation.


10:30 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is telling the Democratic convention about Hillary Clinton working on projects in rural and small town Arkansas to help children and others.

He says his wife embraced their early years of marriage in Arkansas, even though it was "more culturally conservative" than anywhere she'd ever lived before.

He notes she started a legal aid clinic and an advocacy group for children that still exists.

During Hillary Clinton's Democratic primary campaign against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, she generally performed best in more urban areas, while struggling in more rural districts.


10:25 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is describing some of the lesser known parts of Hillary Clinton's biography.

His speech at the Democratic National Convention is emphasizing her work to help children and voting rights.

He recalls her work on children's issues in the South and voter registration in Texas. In a light touch, he recalls that she declined his initial marriage proposals.

And in a subtle dig at Republican nominee Donald Trump, Bill Clinton says his spouse "never made fun of people with disabilities. She tried to empower them."


10:20 p.m.

Bill Clinton is praising his late mother-in-law and Hillary Clinton's youth minister as essential influences on his wife's life and values.

The former president tells the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that knowing mother-in-law Dorothy Rodham was "one of the greatest gifts Hillary ever gave me."

He says Dorothy Rodham "had a childhood that made mine look like a piece of cake."

Bill Clinton also is praising Hillary Clinton's faith as leading to her support for civil rights and her opposition to the Vietnam War.

And he says those decisions led her to abandon the Republican Party and become a Democrat.

Bill Clinton is using his address to tell delegates details of Hillary Clinton's early life and work before the couple entered public life.


10:15 p.m.

Bill Clinton has opened his address to the Democratic National Committee with a simple story: "I met a girl."

The former president is describing how he met Hillary Clinton as a law student at Yale University in 1971.

Bill Clinton tells the thousands of delegates at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia about the first time they first time they met.

Hillary Clinton — who's now the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee — walked up to him and told him that if he was going to stare at her, she ought to know her name.

Clinton says he finally asked her to walk to an art museum.

He says, "We've been walking and talking and laughing together ever since."


10:05 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is trying to undercut Donald Trump's argument that he can lead the United States around the globe.

Albright tells the Democrat National Convention that the GOP's White House nominee has "already done damage just by running for president."

Albright says Trump has a "strange admiration for dictators" and says a Trump victory in November "would be a gift" to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


10 p.m.

There's a video playing about Bill Clinton before his gives his speech at the Democratic National Convention — and it features people thanking the former president for what he accomplished during his two terms.

The video highlights his White House achievements, but there's no mention or any image of his wife Hillary — who's now the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

People interviewed in the video say Clinton's presidency empowered them to get out of poverty, pay off debts and buy houses.

The video says that Clinton created 23 million jobs, signed the Family and Medical Leave Act and gave historic tax relief to working poor families.


9:45 p.m.

Howard Dean — the former Vermont governor and presidential candidate — is revisiting what's become known as "Dean Scream."

Dean says with gusto at the Democratic National Convention that the 2106 presidential race will be won in "Colorado and Iowa and North Carolina and Michigan and Florida and Ohio and Pennsylvania." He means it's a national campaign.

The crowd roared as he said they would take it "all the way to Washington, D.C."

Think back 12 years — when Dean delivered a fiery speech on the night of his third-place finish in the 2004 Iowa caucuses. At the time, Dean pledged to campaign across the nation.

He wrapped up his speech with a defiant shriek. A video of the address got unending play on cable television and provided fodder for comedians to lampoon.


9:15 p.m.

Several speakers at the Democratic National Convention are paying tribute to Hillary Clinton for her work — while she was a New York senator — in helping New Yorkers after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The testimonials are coming from a New York City police detective, a New York congressman and a woman who spent more than six months in the hospital after recovering from severe burns in the attack.

Lauren Manning tells the delegates that Clinton "had my back. This is the Hillary Clinton I want you to know."


8:45 p.m.

"Hunger Games" actress Elizabeth Banks and other speakers at the Democratic convention have noted that Hillary Clinton devoted her early law career to children's causes.

It's true that Clinton did work for the Children's Defense Fund. But she also worked at the prestigious Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. It's the third oldest firm in the United States.

Clinton became the firm's first female partner when her husband, Bill, was Arkansas attorney general and then governor.

Among the firm's clients were Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart and several brokerage houses.

The firm became well known during the Whitewater scandal, when investigators probed real estate deals between the Clintons and a Rose client, Jim McDougal.


8:35 p.m.

Trayvon Martin's mother is telling Democrats that she supports Hillary Clinton because the presidential nominee "is a mother who can assure our movement will succeed."

Sybrina Fulton spoke Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, along with a group of women who had lost their children to gun violence or after contact with police.

They call themselves the Mothers of the Movement.

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 at the age of 17. The gunman was later acquitted of second-degree murder.

Martin's mother says at the convention that Clinton "has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers. She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation."


8:25 p.m.

A group of mothers who lost children to violence is drawing applause and chants of "black lives matter" at the Democratic National Convention.

The group is known as the Mothers of the Movement, and they include the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.

These women have campaigned for Hillary Clinton across the country in recent months, advocating for criminal justice reforms and gun control.

Geneva Reed-Veal is the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell last year after her arrest during a traffic stop.

Reed-Veal says, "I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children's names."


8 p.m.

President Barack Obama says experts have attributed the Democratic National Committee hack to the Russians, and he says the FBI continues to investigate.

Obama says this incident aside, the Russians "hack our systems." He says they hack both government systems and private systems.

Obama tells NBC News that he can't say what the motives were in leaking thousands of DNC emails. But he says Republican Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He says Trump has been covered favorably by the Russian media.

Asked whether Russia could have leaked the emails to help Trump, Obama says, "Anything's possible."


7:45 p.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter says Hillary Clinton has his support — and he tells delegates at the Democratic National Convention — "I know she will also have yours."

Carter's message cane in a video address to delegates.

The former president says these are "perilous times" and the nation needs someone with a "strong heart," a deep understanding of issues and a "steady hand."

Carter is also thanking Bernie Sanders for energizing young people and bringing them into the political process.


7:33 p.m.

Bernie Sanders' campaign manager watched the final votes alongside Hillary Clinton's team.

When Clinton hit the magic number clinching the nomination, Jeff Weaver joined Clinton's staff in their box.

He gave a big hugs to top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Jen Palmieri and sat with the team as the remaining states cast their votes. That's according to a campaign worker.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook cheered and embraced other top staff as the final tally was announced.


7:25 p.m.

This one's for posterity purposes.

Here's what Bernie Sanders said at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday to bring the party's presidential race to a close and formally nominate Hillary Clinton:

"Madam chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."


7:23 p.m.

"Very emotional."

That's how Brian Pine, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Vermont, describes the feeling he had watching Sanders make his call at the Democratic National Convention for Hillary Clinton's nomination.

Pine says the Vermont senator's supporters must accept the gains they've made in the party platform and now move on to support Clinton against Republican Donald Trump.

Pine puts it this way: "In so many ways we've won, but the primary's over and we came up short in the end," he said.

He says Sanders' supporters will need time to heal, but should consider the dark reality of a potential Trump presidency.


7:20 p.m.

Moments after Hillary Clinton officially won the Democratic nomination for president, a large group of Bernie Sanders' supporters left the convention hall in Philadelphia to hold a sit-in protest at a nearby tent for journalists.

Some supporters had their mouths taped shut. A few others sang "This Land is Your Land" and held a banner that read, "We The People."

They say they're holding a peaceful protest to complain about being shut out by the Democratic Party.

One protester is 64-year-old Talat Khan, of San Bernardino, California.

He says: "It's for the betterment of our children and the future of our children."

Earlier Tuesday, Sanders asked the convention to nominate Clinton by acclamation. The delegates did so, to wild cheers inside the Wells Fargo Center.


7:15 p.m.

Some of Hillary Clinton's top campaign aides were on the side of the convention stage when word came that Clinton had become the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, vice chair Huma Abedin and media adviser Jim Margolis exchanged hugs after the news was announced.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was next up at the podium and praised his longtime friend.

McAuliffe was embraced by Mook on the side of the stage after his speech. Mook served as McAuliffe's campaign manager in 2013.


7 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is honoring his wife Hillary Clinton as she becomes the first woman in the United States to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

The former president writes on Twitter, "So proud of you, Hillary. #DemsInPhilly"

Bill Clinton is headlining Tuesday's night's convention with an address to delegates.


6:56 p.m.

Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination after rival Bernie Sanders asked delegates at the party's national convention to nominate her by acclamation.

It was a dramatic end to the roll call of states.

Sanders told the convention that he wanted the procedural rules to be suspended and that Clinton be selected as the party's nominee.

And that's what happened. And that's how Clinton was declared the nominee.


6:54 p.m.

A historic moment in Philadelphia — and for the United States.

Hillary Clinton is the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. That first has just come at the Democratic National Convention.

The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady wants to be the first female president in U.S. history — and to do that, she'll have to beat Republican Donald Trump in the general election in November.


6:45 p.m.

Vermont has passed in the roll call of states as the Democratic National Convention considers the party's next presidential nominee.

Bernie Sanders' home state is expected to be the final one in the roll call.

Hillary Clinton has received a majority of the delegates needed to become the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.


6:37 p.m.

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.


6:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of becoming the first woman to win the American presidential nomination of a major party.

Clinton has surpassed 2,000 delegates during a roll call of states that has been conducted through Ohio.

When the roll reached New York, the governor — Andrew Cuomo — said his state was the "proud home of the next president of the United States."

Clinton needs 2,382 delegates to claim the nomination.


6:10 p.m.

Jerry Emmett was born before women gained the right to vote in America, so it's fitting she announced that the Arizona delegation was casting 51 of its 85 votes for Hillary Clinton for president.

Clinton is in line to become the first woman to be nominated for president of a U.S. political major party. And she'd make more history by being elected the first female president of the United States.

Emmett is 102 years old and from Prescott, Arizona. She remembers seeing her mother go to vote for the first time after the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

Emmett is legally blind and doesn't hear very well, but she says she walks about a mile a day and still bakes pies.

She says she was thrilled to be at the Democratic National Convention — where she carried a blue-and-white sign that read: "Centenarian for Hillary."


5:50 p.m.

A lifelong friend of Hillary Clinton's is announcing Illinois' vote for president.

"This one is for you, Hill," Betsy Ebeling says at the Democratic National Convention.

Ebeling announced that Illinois had given 98 delegates to Clinton.

Ebeling says it's in honor of "Dorothy and Hugh's daughter and my sweet friend."

Ebeling was a childhood friend of Clinton's in suburban Chicago.


5:40 p.m.

No surprise here: Bernie Sanders is getting his brother's vote at the Democratic National Convention.

Larry Sanders says he's casting that vote with what he calls "enormous pride."

Larry Sanders addressed the convention during the roll call of states — and he was speaking as a member of the Americans Abroad delegation. Larry Sanders lives in Britain.

He appeared to be emotional — and said their late parents would have been proud of the Vermont senator's accomplishments.


5:35 p.m.

The roll call of states is underway at the Democratic National Convention — and it's expected to lead to the history-making nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has kicked off the voting by asking, "Are we ready to make some history?"

Clinton needs 2,382 delegates to win the nomination.


5:15 p.m.

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."


5:10 p.m.

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 p.m.

A Hawaii congresswoman has nominated Bernie Sanders for president at the Democratic convention.

In response to the move by Tulsi Gabbard, Sanders' delegates are jumping to their feet in applause.

Gabbard was one of Sanders' major backers during his primary campaign.

She calls the Vermont senator's campaign "a movement of love," and says "it can never be stopped or defeated."

The Democratic convention is beginning Tuesday afternoon with the nomination of candidates for the party's presidential nomination.

Later Tuesday, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will nominate Hillary Clinton, who has the delegates needed to win in the roll call vote to follow.


4:50 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says the most ardent of Bernie Sanders' supporters will eventually end up voting for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump.

Biden tells reporters at the Democratic National Convention that he doesn't think the Democratic Party is fractured. He says Bernie Sanders' supporters have changed the party in a positive way. He says they just need a little time to get over the fact that Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee.

And Biden tells ABC that those supporters aren't going to pull the lever for Trump "for God's sake."


4:40 p.m.

Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is kicking off the second day of the Democratic National Convention with a tribute to the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Democrats are planning to hold their roll call of states later Tuesday — and that's expected to end with Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman to receive the presidential nomination of a major party.

Supporters of rival Bernie Sanders plan to support him during the roll call. But the Vermont senator has acknowledged he won't have enough delegates to win the nomination.

Former President Bill Clinton is set to headline the list of speakers.


3:01 p.m.

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.

A roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is set for later Tuesday.


2:49 p.m.

Tim Kaine's wife has resigned as Virginia's education secretary.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says Anne Holton has stepped down because her husband had been picked to be Hillary Clinton's running mate.

McAuliffe says Holton's resignation was effective Monday.


2:44 p.m.

Jim Hightower — a former Texas agriculture commissioner and a Bernie Sanders delegate — says he and former NAACP President Ben Jealous have been asked by other Sanders supporters about being nominated for vice president at the Democratic National Convention.

Hightower says 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 Kaine is too centrist. They've been discussing ways to register their unhappiness. One possibility is turning their backs during Kaine's acceptance 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.


2:10 p.m.

An organizer of the Bernie Delegate Network is predicting less disruption from Sanders delegates during the presidential roll call vote later Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention.

Karen Bernal helps lead the loose organization of 1,200 delegates. She says delegates are focused on having a full roll call so their votes are expressed.

The group had threatened to walk out if there is a motion to nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation — or unanimous vote.

But Bernal says there probably won't be rowdy protests if the motion is made after a full roll call vote.


1:36 p.m.

Julianne Moore, Bryan Cranston, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, and Macklemore are among the 100-plus celebrities who are joining a campaign to urge Americans to deny Donald Trump the presidency.

The campaign is part of MoveOn.org Political Action's #UnitedAgainstHate campaign.

An open letter on the group's website says Trump wants to take the country back to a time when "when fear excused violence, when greed fueled discrimination, and when the state wrote prejudice against marginalized communities into law."


1:25 p.m.

Bernie Sanders has drawn some boos during an appearance before California delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

A few booed Sanders at a delegate breakfast. That's according to Holly Mitchell, a state lawmaker from Los Angeles who's a Hillary Clinton delegate.

According to Mitchell, Sanders told the people to boo if they wanted, but to vote for the future of their children.



12:06 p.m.

Tensions have boiled over at the Texas delegation's breakfast at the Democratic National Convention.

Russell Lytle, a Bernie Sanders delegate, 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 statement saying that in a moment of "passion," he expresed thoughts that didn't reflect his intention of "promoting productive dialogue."


12:05 p.m.

Democratic Senate campaign officials say they're talking with Bernie Sanders about how he can help their efforts to retake the Senate majority this fall.

Sanders has already sent out a fundraising plea on behalf of Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold.

Christie Roberts is political director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She says Sanders' message of "economic populism" will resonate in Wisconsin against incumbent Republican Ron Johnson.

Sanders' message might not play as well in other states with competitive Senate races like Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

But Democratic strategists say Sanders could be helpful around the country talking about middle-class economic issues.


10:37 a.m.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says there was no evidence the Democratic presidential campaign has been breached by the same hack that revealed Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks.

He's telling a Bloomberg Politics breakfast the campaign feels like it has "robust security" and has received no indication by the FBI that their correspondence is at risk.

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