Saturday cartoons are very, very, very important to one 10-year-old Chinese boy.
A worker was installing lighting on the outside of a high-rise apartment building when a boy appeared at an eighth-floor window and began sawing through the worker's safety rope. Apparently, the construction racket was drowning out the kid's cartoons, and he decided this would be an effective way to restore some silence.
"I shouted at him to stop, but he didn't listen and soon after, the rope was broken," the worker told Chinese new outlet Xinhua. "That's when I called to my workmate for help."
Drilling sound affects his cartoon so Guizhou boy cuts safety rope of worker at 8th-fl apt. What low regard for life? pic.twitter.com/L4bsYXwyDV
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Forty minutes later, several firemen rescued the worker from his precarious position. Police questioned the boy, who eventually admitted to his actions. The kid's dad came home and apologized to the worker.
After a video touting the successes of his own presidency, former President Bill Clinton took the stage at Tuesday's Democratic National Convention to tell America why it should elect his wife, Hillary Clinton. Much of Bill's long speech was mixture of personal anecdotes, gushing praise, and résumé recitiation, and he began with the personal: "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl."
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Bill said that he was immediately impressed with Hillary's "strength and self-possession," and when she finally approached him in the Yale Law Library to demand why he had been staring at her, Bill said that, while it may shock people today, "momentarily, I was speechless." He said that a few weeks later, he asked Hillary on a walk, and "we've been walking, and talking, and laughing together ever since."
Before Hillary finally agreed to marry him — on his third proposal, after he bought a house she once admired — "Hillary opened my eyes to a whole new world of public service by private citizens," citing her work on school desegregation for the Children's Defense Fund, registering Latino voters in South Texas, fighting to get black teenagers out of prison in South Carolina, and helping getting rights for handicapped students in Massachusetts, among other things. "She never made fun of people with disabilities," Bill said, not explicitly mentioning Donald Trump; she was trying to empower them by focusing on their abilities.
Bill said that once he and Hillary had Chelsea in 1980, Hillary spent the next 17 years as mother, but before and after Chelsea's childhood, she excelled at every job he gave her. He called Hillary "the best darn change-maker I have met in my whole entire life," and said that in their 41 years of marriage, "this woman has never been satisfied with the status quo on anything."
After painting a portrait of his wife as a caring, loving, hyper-accomplished agent of positive change, Bill asked, "How does this square with what you heard at the Republican convention?" It doesn't, he answered. "One is real, the other is made up." Republicans used to praise Hillary, he said, so why the hatred? "A real change-maker represents a real threat," he said. So if you're Team Trump, "your real option is to create a cartoon," then run against that two-dimensional caricature. "Good for you, because earlier to day, you nominated the real one," Bill told the delegates, and the convention erupted in cheers.
He tried hard to improve people's lives during his presidency, Bill said, but "for this time, Hillary is uniquely qualified." And he repeated his earlier line: "And she is still the best darn change-maker I have ever known."
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Bill Clinton ended by saying that he hopes America elects Hillary Clinton, and "your children and grandchildren will bless you if you do." Peter Weber
While sharing personal stories about his wife during night two of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton revealed details about the night their daughter, Chelsea, was born.
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Yes, that was the first time in convention history where the audience was regaled with tales of the nominee's water breaking. That, folks, is progress. Catherine Garcia
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had a message for Donald Trump Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention: "Safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a TV reality show."
Because of her own time as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton "knows what it's like to step off that plane with the words 'United States of America' on it," Albright said. Securing freedom is "a complex, round-the-clock job that demands not only a steady hand and a cool head, but also a big heart," she added. "You are not just representing yourself, you are there for all of us. Hillary has displayed these qualities in every job she has ever had. Last week in Cleveland, we were reminded that her opponent possesses none of them."
Albright continued to rail against Trump, calling him out for his "strange admiration for dictators" and saying he has "already done damage just by running for president. He has undermined the fight against terrorism by alienating our Muslim partners. He has weakened our standing in the world by threatening to walk away from our friends and allies and by encouraging more countries to get nuclear weapons." If Trump wins in November, Albright warns it will be a "gift to Vladimir Putin, and given what we know about Russia's recent actions, Putin is eager to see Trump win. That should worry every American. Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain; I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light." Catherine Garcia
Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate, closed out the portion of Tuesday's Democratic National Convention dedicated to Hillary Clinton and health care. He started with Clinton's pivotal role pushing through the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program, then "joining with Republican governors to get it done." Thanks to Clinton, Dean said, "eight million children who don't have to choose between paying rent and taking their kids to the doctor." ObamaCare expanded heath insurance to 20 million more Americans, and Donald Trump has vowed to rip the law up and "take us back" to the unpopular parts of the pre-ObamaCare medical system.
Trump's plan to replace ObamaCare is "'something so much better' — something huuuuge, no doubt," but "that's it, that's the whole plan." Then he took aim at Trump's running mate, saying Indiana Gov. Mike Pence voted against expanding SCHIP and mental health, and once said that when both parents work, their children suffered "stunted emotional growth." Well, Dean said, "I have a medical degree — let me tell you what really stunts children's growth." He listed some things Pence has opposed — including health care expansion and gun control — then threw in a dig at Pence's statements on cigarettes being safe.
Dean ended on a note of light-hearted self-deprecation, re-enacting the finale of a speech he gave after losing the 2004 Iowa caucuses, ending with a screech-yell widely credited with ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination:
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Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) slammed Donald Trump during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, accusing him of using the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to "make a quick buck."
Crowley, who lost his cousin on 9/11, said while serving as a senator in New York, Hillary Clinton "never gave up" on aiding first responders and was "there with us when the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was finally passed. Where was Donald Trump in the days and months and years after 9/11? He didn't stand at the pile, he didn't lobby Congress for help, he didn't fight for the first responders. Nope." Trump, the owner of 40 Wall Street, "cashed in," Crowley said, "collecting $150,000 in federal funds intended to help small businesses recover, even though days after the attack, Trump said his properties were not affected."
Clinton secured the funds to "help local mom and pop shops get back on their feet," Crowley continued. "Donald Trump sought out a payday for his empire. It was one of our nation's darkest days, but to Trump it was just another chance to make a quick buck. Hillary has never and will never forget the reality of that day, and that's why she will never give up on making us a better and stronger nation." Catherine Garcia
One of the original policy differences between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders — and a rare area of agreement between Sanders and Donald Trump — is President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations (but not China). Clinton originally supported the TPP, but after the details were released, she joined Sanders (and Trump) in opposing the deal. On Tuesday, after talking at the Democratic National Convention, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) told Politico that if elected, she would support TPP again, with unspecified changes.
McAuliffe, a longtime friend and ally of the Clintons, started off talking about his own views. "I worry that if we don't do TPP, at some point China's going to break the rules — but Hillary understands this," he said. "Once the election's over, and we sit down on trade, people understand a couple things we want to fix on it but going forward we got to build a global economy." Politico asked if that meant Clinton would also support TPP. "Yes," he said. "Listen, she was in support of it. There were specific things in it she wants fixed." If Democrats win back the Senate and House, he said, "if we get enough things done, enough opportunities to change TPP, I'm optimistic going forward," McAuliffe said. "We cannot let China write these rules for 11 other countries."
Clinton national campaign chairman John Podesta quickly quashed McAuliffe's statements:
Love Gov. McAuliffe, but he got this one flat wrong. Hillary opposes TPP BEFORE and AFTER the election. Period. Full stop.
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) July 27, 2016
Democrats can blamed the leaked hacked Democratic National Committee emails on Russia, but McAuliffe's stepping on Clinton's unity-fest is a self-inflicted injury. Peter Weber
The Mothers of the Movement — seven women whose black sons and daughters were killed due to gun violence — spoke about their kids and their hope for other children Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention.
"I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will save our children's lives," Geneva Reed-Veal, whose daughter, Sandra Bland, died in a jail cell in Texas after a traffic stop, said. "She knows that when a young black life is cut short, it's not just a loss, it's a personal loss, it's a national loss, it's a loss that diminishes all of us." Lucy McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed over loud music, recalled that she spoke with her son about violence against young black men. "This is a conversation that no parent should ever have with their child. Hillary Clinton isn't afraid to say that Black Lives Matter. She doesn't build walls around her heart."
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said she never wanted to be in the spotlight, but will do everything possible to "focus some of this light" on stopping gun violence. "Hillary Clinton has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers," Fulton said. "She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation." It's not about "being politically correct," she continued. "This is about saving our children." Fulton ended her speech by telling the crowd she'd like to leave them with "what God has given us: strength, love, and peace." Catherine Garcia