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July 27, 2014
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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian rider to do so since Marco Pantani in 1998.

The Tour was highlighted by a spate of crashes that early on eliminated some of the biggest names in the field. Defending champ Chris Froome dropped out after three crashes, while three-time winner Alberto Contador broke his leg after ramming into a pothole.

The 29-year-old Nibali won four stages of the tour, three of them in the grueling mountain phase. Jon Terbush

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Michelle Obama's powerful Democratic National Convention speech ended with a standing ovation and thunderous applause, but no one was as impressed as her husband.

"Incredible speech by an incredible woman," President Obama tweeted from his @POTUS account. "Couldn't be more proud and our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle." All together now: Awwwwwwwwww. Catherine Garcia

July 25, 2016
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When Bernie Sanders took the stage on night one of the Democratic National Convention, it took several minutes for him to start talking — his supporters were cheering so loudly, he was unable to start his speech.

When he was finally able to speak, Sanders thanked every American who voted for him and donated to his campaign, and let them know that as disappointed as he is with the final outcome, "I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved together. We have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution, our revolution, continues." Sanders said the election has never been about him, Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton, but rather "the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and our grandchildren" and "ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America today."

In a message directed at his supporters, Sanders said Clinton "must become the next president of the United States" and "will make an outstanding president." He spoke of their time together in the Senate, Clinton's determination to increase the minimum wage and "rebuild our crumbling infrastructure," and how she would "nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United." It was an emotional speech for many of Sanders' supporters in the audience, who had tears running down their faces. Catherine Garcia

July 25, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders, in the parlance of cable news talking heads, landed the plane on Monday night, verbally thrashing Donald Trump while promoting his own revolution and unreservedly endorsing Hillary Clinton and promising to fight to get her elected. Trump, who is acting as semi-official Trump-Pence 2016 counter-messaging point man for Republicans during the Democratic National Convention, trolled Sanders in the lead-up to the speech.

Sanders — who apparently had time to check his Twitter feed after walking off stage — responded.

Imagine what Trump could have said if Hillary Clinton's main primary rival had pointedly refused to endorse her at her own convention. Peter Weber

July 25, 2016

With a sometimes funny and sometimes awkward introduction from comedian Sarah Silverman and former comedian Sen. Al Franken, who made a terrible joke about how he (a Hillary Clinton supporter) and Silverman (who backed Bernie Sanders in the primary) are a type of bridge over troubled waters, Paul Simon took the stage at Monday's Democratic National Convention and sang, yes, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," a song he wrote and erstwhile partner Art Garfunkel sang, beautifully. The message was clear: Sanders and Clinton supporters must come together in November, or sooner. And for a moment, the vocally displeased Sanders delegates and Clinton supporters were holding hands and swaying to Simon's voice.

The observers on Twitter were somewhat less sanguine.

Well, what do you expect when you have two jokers introduce you at a political event? Peter Weber

July 25, 2016

With an introduction from former Harvard student Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Sen. Elizabeth Warren stepped on stage at Monday's Democratic National Convention and tipped her hat to Sen. Bernie Sanders, telling the delegates that "Bernie reminds us of what Democrats fight for every day." Then she lit into Donald Trump, calling him a man who was born into wealth and maintained it by cheating regular people. Hillary Clinton, she said, is "one of the smartest, toughest, most tenacious people on this planet."

After talking about Clinton's contributions over the decades, Warren said, "We're here tonight because our choice is Hillary Clinton. I'm with Hillary." This earned her some loud rebukes from the floor of "we trusted you," presumably from Bernie Sanders delegates.

"The system is rigged," Warren said. Congress is said to be gridlocked, but it doesn't have problems passing legislation for banks and other special interests, she added. "Try to do anything for working people and you have a fight on your hands." She thanked President Obama for pushing through the Consumer Finance Protection Agency, adding, "We won, but Republicans and lobbyists fought us every step of the way." The Republicans,"they're still trying to kill it," Warren said. "To every Republican who said no in Congress, this November the American people are coming for you."

Trump never "lifted a finger" in those legislative fights to help working people, she added, asking, "What kind of a man" cares only for himself, cheats students, bilks contractors, and leaves partners with steep losses? "A man who must never be president of the Untied States."

Trump spoke last week at his convention for over an hour, she said, but "other than building that stupid wall — which will never be built" — did you hear even one idea from Trump? she asked. Trump's ideas are huge tax cuts for himself and his fellow billionaires, Warren said. "Trump's entire campaign just one one more great late-night Trump infomercial," where the "the great Trump hot-air machine will reveal all the answers," and as a bonus, "he'll even throw in a goofy hat."

"We are not going to be Donald Trump's hate-filled America," Warren said. "Not now, not ever." She finished with a litany of ways Clinton wants to improve the life of working people, using the call, "and we're with her." Peter Weber

July 25, 2016
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First Lady Michelle Obama made it clear at the Democratic National Convention on Monday that fear mongering doesn't work on her, and it shouldn't work on anyone else.

"Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on earth," she said to thunderous applause. "We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. Hear me: Between now and November we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago. We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States. Let's get to work."

For Obama, the election is about securing a prosperous future for the nation's children. "Hillary understands it's about leaving something better for our kids, that's how we've always moved this country forward, by all of us coming forward on behalf of our children," Obama said. Clinton has a "lifelong devotion" to helping children who need champions, she continued, and has spent decades "doing the relentless work to actually make a difference in their lives." Clinton "never buckles under pressure, never takes the easy way out," and "is someone who understands the issues the president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters."

"When you have the nuclear codes at your fingerprints and the military in your command you can't make snap decisions, you can't have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out," Obama added. "You have to be steady and measured and well-informed."

The first lady also reflected on what life has been like in the White House for the Obama family, and how she and the president have urged their daughter to "ignore those who question their father's citizenship or faith" and "insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country." Obama became emotional when discussing her children, and shared that "because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States." Catherine Garcia

July 25, 2016

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) gave an impassioned speech at Monday's Democratic National Convention, speaking loudly and eloquently on patriotism, American history, and why he believes Donald Trump is a terrible choice for president. The speech began by noting that America's founders signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, saying they also made a "Declaration of Interdependence," Booker said. The Democrats are in Philadelphia this week to "reaffirm our values," he said, to make America "more inclusive, more expansive, and more just."

America put a man on the moon, sequenced the genome, and did other wonders not as individuals, Booker said. "We did that together. And so this is the highest call of patriotism. Patriotism is love of country, but you can't love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen," even if you don't always agree with them. "We are not called to be a national of tolerance, we are called to be a nation of love," he said, defining tolerance as "I'll stomach your right to be different."

Booker then turned to Trump, saying he paints with "a broad, divisive brush," and noting Trump's pledge to run America like he runs his business, Booker laughed. "I'm from Jersey," he said, and "we've seen how he leads in Atlantic City," running casinos into the ground and stiffing contractors. "America, at our best, we stand up to bullies," he said, and when we work together instead of just taking for themselves. "I support Hillary Clinton because these are our values, and she has been paying it forward all her life," he said.

There were occasional disruptive chants from the audience, including "Black Lives Matter," appearing to throw Booker off his stride. But he ended what sounded kind of like a national campaign speech with a call to vote for Hillary Clinton, because with Clinton as president, he said, "America, we will rise." You can watch Booker's big finale below. Peter Weber

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