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Hillary Clinton’s Speech: Democratic National Convention Day Four

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Update: Below are the highlights from the Democratic National Convention day four, concluding with the major moments from Hillary Clinton’s 56-minute acceptance speech of the Democratic presidential nomination.

11:27 p.m. ET: Hillary Clinton ended her speech by asking voters to unite with her as the president of the United States.

“Though ‘We may not live to see the glory,’ as the song from the musical Hamilton goes, ‘Let us gladly join the fight.’ Let our legacy be about ‘planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.’ That’s why we are here, not just in this hall but on this Earth,” Clinton concluded. “The founders showed us that. And so have many others since. They were drawn together by love of country, and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow. That is the story of America.

“And we begin a new chapter tonight. Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose. So let’s be stronger together. Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. When we do, America will be greater than ever.”

Jessica Sanchez’s “Stronger Together” then played while Hillary and Bill Clinton, along with vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, were showered with red, white and blue balloons and confetti.

11:26 p.m. ET: “More than a few times, I’ve had to pick myself up and get back in the game. Like so much else, I got this from my mother. She never let me back down from any challenge. When I tried to hide from a neighborhood bully, she literally blocked the door. ‘Go back out there,’ she said. And she was right. You have to stand up to bullies. You have to keep working to make things better, even when the odds are long.”

11:20 p.m. ET: “If we’re serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a president who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby,” Clinton added. “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”

11:15 p.m. ET:Donald Trump says, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do.’ No, Donald, you don’t,” Clinton said while mocking her opponent. “He thinks he knows more than our military because he claimed our armed forces are a disaster. … Imagine, if you dare, imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis — a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

“Think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander-in-chief? Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign,” Clinton continued. “He loses his cool at the slightest provocation.”

11:08 p.m. ET: Clinton addressed how she would help send Americans to college without crippling student loans. Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition free for the middle class and debt-free for all! We will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt,” she said.

11:06 p.m. ET: Her jabs at Trump continued: He spoke for 70-odd minutes, and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn’t believe these things. No wonder he doesn’t like talking about his plans. You might have noticed, I love talking about mine.”

11 p.m. ET: “My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States,” Clinton said. “From my first day in office to my last, especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian country to coal country.

“And here’s what I believe: I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives. I believe that our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should.”

10:56 p.m. ET:  Clinton addressed her historic accomplishment, saying, “Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president. Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.

“After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.”

10:47 p.m. ET: “My friends, it is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States,” Clinton proudly stated Thursday night. “Now sometimes, sometimes the people at this podium are new to the national stage, as you know I’m not one of those people.”

Clinton then recalled her career to those in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center, before admitted that some “don’t know what to make of me.”

“I’ve been your first lady, I’ve served eight years as a senator for the great state of New York and then I represented all of you as secretary of state, but my job titles only tell you what I’ve done, they don’t tell you why. The truth is through all these years … the service part has always come easier to me than the public part … I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me,” she continued. “So let me tell you. The family I’m from, no one has the names on big buildings. My family were builders of a different kind. Builders in the way most American families are. They used whatever tools they had, whatever God gave them and, whatever life in America provided … My grandfather worked in the same Scranton lace mill for 50 years because he believed that if he gave everything he had, his children would have a better life than he did. And he was right.”

10:42 p.m. ET: Hillary Clinton continued to bash her opponent, referring to his speech during the Republican National Convention. “Freedom and equality justice and opportunity — we should be so proud those words are associated with us …When people here those words they hear America, so don’t let anyone tell you our country is weak, we’re not. … And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says I alone can fix it … Yes,” Clinton continued, “Those were actually Donald Trump‘s words in Cleveland — really? ‘I alone can fix it,'” she added, mockingly. “Isn’t he forgetting troops … police officers … fire fighters?”

10:38 p.m. ET: Hillary Clinton wasted no time attacking Republican rival Donald Trump. “He wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other. He is betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise,” she said. “He is taken the Republican party a long way from mourning in America to midnight in America. He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.”

10:35 p.m. ET: Clinton thanked former rival Bernie Sanders: “Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who do their hearts and souls into our primary. You put economic and social justice issues brought and center where they belong.

“And to all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know that I’ve heard you, your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That is the only way we can turn our Progressive platform into real change for America. [Cheers] We wrote to together, now let’s go out and make it happen together.”

10:34 p.m. ET: “For those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine, you will soon understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him from city council to mayor, to governor and now senator and he will make our whole country proud as our next vice president,” Clinton said of her VP pick.

10:32 p.m. ET: “On Tuesday night I was so happy to see that my explainer in chief is still on the job,” Clinton joked about husband Bill Clinton‘s speech earlier in the week at the DNC.

10:27 p.m. ET: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took the stage to the tune “Fight Song” as the audience cheered wildly. Some even wiped away tears.

10:02 p.m. ET: Chelsea Clinton, Hillary and Bill Clinton‘s daughter, appeared on the stage to loud cheers.  “It is such an honor for me to be here tonight,” she said. “I’m here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother. And tonight, in particular, a very proud daughter.”

“She’s a listener, a doer. She is a woman driven by compassion, by faith, but a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love. This November, I’m voting for a woman as a role model and a mother. A woman who has spent her entire life fighting for families and children. … I’m voting for a fighter who never ever gives up and who believes we can always do better when we come together and work together.”

“I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud as our next president,” Chelsea concluded.

 

 

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President Tinubu to Inaugurate Newly Paved Roads to Apapa, Tin Can Ports

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President Bola Tinubu is set to inaugurate the newly constructed paved roads leading to the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports in Lagos on Saturday.

This development is anticipated to bring significant relief to port users and operators who have endured years of hardship due to the previously dilapidated roads and severe traffic congestion in the area.

The commissioning of these roads marks a major milestone in the government’s efforts to improve infrastructure and boost economic activities around the nation’s busiest ports.

The newly paved roads are expected to enhance the flow of goods and services, reduce operational costs for businesses, and alleviate the chronic traffic bottlenecks that have plagued the Apapa and Tin Can Island areas.

President Tinubu, who is scheduled to arrive in Lagos on Saturday morning, will perform the inauguration as his first assignment of the day.

The ceremony signifies a commitment to addressing the infrastructural challenges that have long hindered the efficiency of Nigeria’s maritime sector.

Mohammed Koko, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), highlighted the importance of this project earlier this year.

He emphasized the NPA’s “zero tolerance for all forms of impediments to the free flow of traffic” and reiterated the agency’s dedication to improving port operations.

“Our zero tolerance for all forms of impediments to free flow of traffic is no fluke,” Koko said, noting that the rehabilitation efforts are aimed at consolidating gains achieved first in Apapa and now extending to Tin Can.

In January 2024, President Tinubu directed the Federal Ministry of Works to urgently and comprehensively repair the access roads to the Lagos Port Complex and Tin-Can Island Port Complex.

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, echoed the urgency of this directive, pointing out that the poor condition of the port access roads had significantly increased internal logistics costs for importers and exporters.

“The dilapidated port access roads increase the cost of internal logistics for importers and exporters,” Oyetola noted.

The improved road infrastructure is expected to curb the exodus of businesses from the Apapa and Tin Can Island areas, which had been driven away by the severe logistical challenges.

The restoration of these critical routes is also anticipated to enhance Nigeria’s competitiveness in international trade by facilitating smoother and more efficient port operations.

Following the inauguration of the port access roads, President Tinubu is also scheduled to flag off the Lagos to Calabar coastal road project at Victoria Island in Lagos.

Also, he will virtually inaugurate the newly rehabilitated 3rd Mainland Bridge, further underscoring his administration’s commitment to revitalizing Nigeria’s infrastructure.

The series of inaugurations and project launches underscore a broader strategy to enhance connectivity, reduce operational bottlenecks, and stimulate economic growth through improved infrastructure.

The completion of the Apapa and Tin Can Island port roads is a pivotal step in this direction, promising a new era of efficiency and productivity for Nigeria’s maritime sector.

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Iran Set for Presidential Elections on June 28 Following Raisi’s Tragic Death

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The political landscape in Iran was abruptly reshaped following the untimely demise of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash over the weekend.

Now, the nation is poised for a significant transition with presidential elections scheduled for June 28 as reported by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will assume the role of president in the interim, in accordance with the constitution of the Islamic Republic.

This unexpected development comes in the wake of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of Raisi and eight others, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, in north-western Iran.

The government attributed the crash to adverse weather conditions and dense fog in the mountainous region.

As Iran prepares for the upcoming elections, candidates will have the opportunity to register starting May 30.

However, prospective candidates will undergo thorough vetting by the Guardian Council, a body comprising 12 clerics and jurists responsible for administering elections.

The council’s scrutiny is anticipated to be particularly stringent, given the unexpected vacancy in the presidency and the significance of the upcoming transition.

While Vice President Mokhber has assumed leadership in the interim period, it remains uncertain whether he will contest the presidential elections himself.

Speculation abounds as to who will emerge as the frontrunner in the electoral race, with many analysts suggesting that the clerical establishment and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may prefer a candidate aligned with Raisi’s ultraconservative stance, characterized by deep-seated distrust of the United States and Israel.

Raisi’s tenure as president was marked by polarizing policies and events.

His association with mass arrests and executions following violent protests in 2022, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini while in custody for allegedly violating Iran’s dress code, stirred controversy both domestically and internationally.

As such, his passing has not only left a void in Iran’s leadership but has also raised questions about the future trajectory of the nation’s politics.

With the presidential elections fast approaching, Iran finds itself at a critical juncture, grappling with the aftermath of a tragic loss while navigating the complexities of its political landscape.

As the nation mourns the passing of President Raisi, all eyes are now on the forthcoming electoral process, which is poised to shape Iran’s future in the post-Raisi era.

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Iran Mourns: Helicopter Crash Claims Lives of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian

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A tragic helicopter crash has claimed the lives of President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, sending shockwaves across the nation and plunging the country into mourning.

The fatal incident occurred in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, where the helicopter carrying the two senior officials and several other passengers crashed, resulting in the loss of all on board.

The crash site, now a scene of charred wreckage, stands as a somber reminder of the untimely demise of these key figures in Iranian politics.

President Raisi, who assumed office in August 2021, was widely regarded for his commitment to serving the Iranian people and advancing the nation’s interests on the global stage.

His tenure as president was marked by efforts to strengthen Iran’s position in regional affairs and enhance diplomatic relations with neighboring countries.

Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian played a pivotal role in shaping Iran’s foreign policy, particularly in fostering closer ties with neighboring nations in the Middle East, including Arab countries across the Gulf.

His diplomatic acumen and dedication to advancing Iran’s interests earned him respect both domestically and internationally.

The news of their tragic deaths has elicited an outpouring of grief and condolences from leaders and citizens alike, both within Iran and abroad.

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim expressed his deep sadness over the loss, highlighting President Raisi’s commitment to justice, peace, and the upliftment of the Muslim world.

Similarly, the European Union extended its sincere condolences to the families of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian, acknowledging the profound impact of their untimely passing on the Iranian nation.

The helicopter crash not only robbed Iran of two of its most prominent leaders but also left a void in the country’s political landscape.

As the nation grapples with this immense loss, tributes pour in from all corners, commemorating the contributions of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian to the advancement of Iran’s interests and the well-being of its people.

The legacy of these esteemed leaders will endure in the hearts and minds of Iranians, serving as a guiding light for future generations as they navigate the complexities of governance and diplomacy in an ever-changing world.

Iran mourns the loss of two of its finest sons, whose dedication and service will be remembered for years to come.

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