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Thank you! Thank you for that amazing welcome.
    And Chelsea, thank you.
    I’m so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you’ve become.
    Thanks for bringing Marc into our family, and Charlotte and Aidan into the world.
    And Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago is still going strong.
    It’s lasted through good times that filled us with joy, and hard times that tested us.
    And I’ve even gotten a few words in along the way.
    On Tuesday night, I was so happy to see that my Explainer-in-Chief is still on the job.
    I’m also grateful to the rest of my family and the friends of a lifetime.
    To all of you whose hard work brought us here tonight…
    And to those of you who joined our campaign this week.
    And what a remarkable week it’s been.
    We heard the man from Hope, Bill Clinton.
    And the man of Hope, Barack Obama.
    America is stronger because of President Obama’s leadership, and I’m better because of his friendship.
    We heard from our terrific vice president, the one-and-only Joe Biden, who spoke from his big heart about our party’s commitment to working people.
    First Lady Michelle Obama reminded us that our children are watching, and the president we elect is going to be their president, too.
    And for those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine — you’re soon going to understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him: from city council and mayor, to Governor, and now Senator.
    He’ll make the whole country proud as our Vice President.
    And… I want to thank Bernie Sanders.
    Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary.
    You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong.
    And to all of your supporters here and around the country:
    I want you to know, I’ve heard you.
    Your cause is our cause.
    Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion.
    That’s the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.
    We wrote it together — now let’s go out there and make it happen together.
    [pause]
    My friends, we’ve come to Philadelphia — the birthplace of our nation — because what happened in this city 240 years ago still has something to teach us today.
    We all know the story.
    But we usually focus on how it turned out – and not enough on how close that story came to never being written at all.
    When representatives from 13 unruly colonies met just down the road from here, some wanted to stick with the King.
    Some wanted to stick it to the king, and go their own way.
    The revolution hung in the balance.
    Then somehow they began listening to each other … compromising … finding common purpose.
    And by the time they left Philadelphia, they had begun to see themselves as one nation.
    That’s what made it possible to stand up to a King.
    That took courage.
    They had courage.
    Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together.
    America is once again at a moment of reckoning.
    Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart.
    Bonds of trust and respect are fraying.
    And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees.
    It truly is up to us.
    We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together.
    Our country’s motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one.
    Will we stay true to that motto?
    Well, we heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention.
    He wants to divide us – from the rest of the world, and from each other.
    He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise.
    He’s taken the Republican Party a long way…
    from “Morning in America” to “Midnight in America.”
    He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.
    Well, a great Democratic President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than eighty years ago, during a much more perilous time.
    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
    Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against.
    But we are not afraid.
    We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.
    We will not build a wall.
    Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one.
    And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy!
    We will not ban a religion.
    We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight terrorism.
    There’s a lot of work to do.
    Too many people haven’t had a pay raise since the
    crash.
    There’s too much inequality.
    Too little social mobility.
    Too much paralysis in Washington.
    Too many threats at home and abroad.
    But just look at the strengths we bring to meet these challenges.
    We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world.
    We have the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had.
    We have the most powerful military.
    The most innovative entrepreneurs.
    The most enduring values.Freedom and equality, justice and opportunity.
    We should be so proud that these words are associated with us. That when people
    hear them — they hear… America.
    So don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak.
    We’re not.
    Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes.
    We do.
    And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says: “I alone can fix it.”
    Those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland.
    And they should set off alarm bells for all of us.
    Really?
    I alone can fix it?
    Isn’t he forgetting?
    Troops on the front lines.
    Police officers and fire fighters who run toward danger.
    Doctors and nurses who care for us.
    Teachers who change lives.
    Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem.
    Mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe.
    He’s forgetting every last one of us.
    Americans don’t say: “I alone can fix it.”
    We say: “We’ll fix it together.”
    Remember: Our Founders fought a revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.
    Two hundred and forty years later, we still put our faith in each other.
    Look at what happened in Dallas after the assassinations of five brave police officers.
    Chief David Brown asked the community to support his force, maybe even join them.
    And you know how the community responded?
    Nearly 500 people applied in just 12 days.
    That’s how Americans answer when the call for help goes out.
    [pause]
    20 years ago I wrote a book called “It Takes a Village.” A lot of people looked at the title and asked, what the heck do you mean by that?
    This is what I mean.
    None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.
    America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger.
    I believe that with all my heart.
    That’s why “Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history.
    It’s not just a slogan for our campaign.
    It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build.
    A country where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.
    Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in.
    A country where all our children can dream, and those dreams are within reach.
    Where families are strong… communities are safe…
    And yes, love trumps hate.
    That’s the country we’re fighting for.
    That’s the future we’re working toward…
    And so it is with humility. . . determination . . . and boundless confidence in America’s promise… that I accept your nomination for President of the United
    States!
    [Pause]
    Now, sometimes the people at this podium are new to the national stage.
    As you know, I’m not one of those people.
    I’ve been your First Lady. Served 8 years as a Senator from the great State of New York.
    I ran for President and lost.
    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 of public service, 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.
    So let me tell you.
    The family I’m from . . . well, no one had their name 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 — and built better lives and better futures for their kids.
    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.
    My dad, Hugh, made it to college. He played football at Penn State and enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor.
    When the war was over he started his own small business, printing fabric for draperies.
    I remember watching him stand for hours over silk screens.
    He wanted to give my brothers and me opportunities he never had.
    And he did. My mother, Dorothy, was abandoned by her parents as a young girl. She ended up on her own at 14, working as a house maid.
    She was saved by the kindness of others.
    Her first grade teacher saw she had nothing to eat at lunch, and brought extra food to share.
    The lesson she passed on to me years later stuck with me:
    No one gets through life alone.
    We have to look out for each other and lift each other up.
    She made sure I learned the words of our Methodist faith:
    “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”
    I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts on behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance
    to go to school.
    I remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair on the small back porch of her house.
    She told me how badly she wanted to go to school — it just didn’t seem possible.
    And I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother and what she went through as a child.
    It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough.
    To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws.
    You need both understanding and action.
    So we gathered facts. We built a coalition. And our work helped convince Congress to ensure access to education for all students with disabilities.
    It’s a big idea, isn’t it?
    Every kid with a disability has the right to go to school.
    But how do you make an idea like that real? You do it step-by-step, year-by-year… sometimes even door-by-door.
    And my heart just swelled when I saw Anastasia Somoza on this stage, representing millions of young people who — because of those changes to our laws — are able to get an education.
    It’s true… I sweat the details of policy — whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs.
    Because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid – if it’s your family.
    It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president.
    Over the last three days, you’ve seen some of the people who’ve inspired me.
    People who let me into their lives, and became a part of mine.
    People like Ryan Moore and Lauren Manning.
    They told their stories Tuesday night.
    I first met Ryan as a seven-year old.
    He was wearing a full body brace that must have weighed forty pounds.
    Children like Ryan kept me going when our plan for universal health care failed…and kept me working with leaders of both parties to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program that covers 8 million kids every year.
    Lauren was gravely injured on 9/11.
    It was the thought of her, and Debbie St. John, and John Dolan and Joe Sweeney, and all the victims and survivors, that kept me working as hard as I could in the Senate on behalf of 9/11 families, and our first responders who got sick from their time at Ground Zero.
    I was still thinking of Lauren, Debbie and all the others ten years later in the White House Situation Room when President Obama made the courageous decision that finally brought Osama bin Laden to justice.
    In this campaign, I’ve met so many people who motivate me to keep fighting for change.
    And, with your help, I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House.
    I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
    For the struggling, the striving and the successful.
    For those who vote for me and those who don’t.
    For all Americans.
    [pause]
    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.
    Happy for boys and men, too — because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. 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.
    Because even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead.
    Let’s begin with what we’re going to do to help working people in our country get ahead and stay ahead.
    Now, I don’t think President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes.
    Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. That’s real progress.
    But none of us can be satisfied with the status quo. Not by a long shot.
    We’re still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the
    recovery.
    I’ve gone around our country talking to working families. And I’ve heard from so many of you who feel like the economy just isn’t working.
    Some of you are frustrated — even furious.
    And you know what??? You’re right.
    It’s not yet working the way it should.
    Americans are willing to work — and work hard.
    But right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do.
    And less respect for them, period.
    Democrats are the party of working people.
    But we haven’t done a good enough job showing that we get what you’re going through,
    and that we’re going to do something about it.
    So I want to tell you tonight how we will empower Americans to live better lives.
    My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States…
    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.
    From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.
    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.
    That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And we’ll pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!
    I believe American corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return.
    Many of them are. But too many aren’t.
    It’s wrong to take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.
    And I believe Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again.
    I believe in science. I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.
    I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to kick them out.
    Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together – and it’s the right thing to do.
    Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign.
    If you believe that companies should share profits with their workers, not pad executive bonuses, join us.
    If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage… and no one working full time should have to raise their children in poverty… join us.
    If you believe that every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care…join us.
    If you believe that we should say “no” to unfair trade deals… that we should stand up to China… that we should support our steelworkers and autoworkers and homegrown manufacturers…join us.
    If you believe we should expand Social Security and protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions… join us.
    And yes, if you believe that your working mother, wife, sister, or daughter deserves equal pay… join us…
    Let’s make sure this economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.
    Now, you didn’t hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention.
    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.
    In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.
    Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure.
    If we invest in infrastructure now, we’ll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future.
    And we will transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs.
    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.
    It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, but students and families can’t refinance theirs.
    And here’s something we don’t say often enough: College is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job.
    We’re going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.
    We’re going to give small businesses a boost. Make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks.
    In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it.
    We’re going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the “woman card,” then Deal Me In!
    (Oh, you’ve heard that one?)
    Now, here’s the thing, we’re not only going to make all these investments, we’re going to pay for every single one of them.
    And here’s how: Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.
    Not because we resent success. Because when more than 90% of the gains have gone to the top 1%, that’s where the money is.
    And if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we’ll make them
    pay us back. And we’ll put that money to work where it belongs … creating jobs here at home!
    Now I know some of you are sitting at home thinking, well that all sounds pretty good.
    But how are you going to get it done? How are you going to break through the gridlock in Washington? Look at my record. I’ve worked across the aisle to pass laws and treaties and to launch new programs that help millions of people. And if you give me the chance, that’s what I’ll do as President.
    But Trump, he’s a businessman. He must know something about the economy.
    Well, let’s take a closer look.
    In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you’ll find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills.
    People who did the work and needed the money, and didn’t get it — not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them.
    That sales pitch he’s making to be your president? Put your faith in him — and you’ll win big? That’s the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away, and left working people holding the bag.
    He also talks a big game about putting America First. Please explain to me what part of America First leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado.
    Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan. Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio. Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin.
    Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again — well, he could start by actually making things in America again.
    The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security.
    Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face.
    From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated.
    No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance. Looking for steady leadership.
    You want a leader who understands we are stronger when we work with our allies around the world and care for our veterans here at home. Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do it will be my highest priority.
    I’m proud that we put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot — now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel’s security.
    I’m proud that we shaped a global climate agreement — now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves.
    I’m proud to stand by our allies in NATO against any threat they face, including from Russia.
    I’ve laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS.
    We will strike their sanctuaries from the air, and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen.
    We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country.
    It won’t be easy or quick, but make no mistake — we will prevail.
    Now Donald Trump says, and this is a quote, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do….”
    No, Donald, you don’t.
    He thinks that he knows more than our military because he claimed our armed forces are “a disaster.”
    Well, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with our troops and our veterans for many years, including as a Senator on the Armed Services Committee.
    I know how wrong he is. Our military is a national treasure.
    We entrust our commander-in-chief to make the hardest decisions our nation faces.
    Decisions about war and peace. Life and death.
    A president should respect the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country — including the sons of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both Marines.
    Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief?
    Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign.
    He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally.
    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.
    I can’t put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis. She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started — not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men — the ones moved by fear and pride.
    America’s strength doesn’t come from lashing out.
    Strength relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve, and the precise and strategic application of power.
    That’s the kind of Commander-in-Chief I pledge to be.
    And 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.
    I’m not here to repeal the 2nd 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.
    We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.
    For decades, people have said this issue was too hard to solve and the politics were too hot to touch.
    But I ask you: how can we just stand by and do nothing?
    You heard, you saw, family members of people killed by gun violence.
    You heard, you saw, family members of police officers killed in the line of duty because they were outgunned by criminals.
    I refuse to believe we can’t find common ground here.
    We have to heal the divides in our country.
    Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more.
    That starts with listening to each other. Hearing each other. Trying, as best we can, to walk in each other’s shoes.
    So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.
    Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job.
    We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
    We will defend all our rights — civil rights, human rights and voting rights… women’s rights and workers’ rights… LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities!
    And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from.
    For the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump’s comments — excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show.
    They think he couldn’t possibly mean all the horrible things he says — like when he called women “pigs.” Or said that an American judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage. Or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability.
    Or insults prisoners of war like John McCain –a true hero and patriot who deserves our respect.
    At first, I admit, I couldn’t believe he meant it either.
    It was just too hard to fathom — that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things. Could be like that.
    But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump…This is it.
    And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: that America is great — because America is good.
    So enough with the bigotry and bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change.
    He’s offering empty promises. What are we offering? A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country – to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, and to give your kids the opportunities they deserve.
    The choice is clear.
    [Pause]
    Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger.
    None of us can do it alone.
    I know that at a time when so much seems to be pulling us apart, it can be hard to imagine how we’ll ever pull together again.
    But I’m here to tell you tonight — progress is possible.
    I know because I’ve seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up.
    And I know it from my own life. 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 and the opposition is fierce.
    We lost my mother a few years ago. I miss her every day. And I still hear her voice urging me to keep working, keep fighting for right, no matter what.
    That’s what we need to do together as a nation.
    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’re here…not just in this hall, but on this Earth.
    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.
    Looking to the future with courage and confidence.
    Building a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country.
    When we do, America will be greater than ever.
    Thank you and may God bless the United States of America!

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/politics/hillary-clinton-speech-prepared-remarks-transcript/index.html

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    Chuba Akpom scored in the 87th minute to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory over the MLS All-Stars on Thursday night at Avaya Stadium

    Chuba Akpom scored in the 87th minute to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory over the MLS All-Stars on Thursday night at Avaya Stadium.

    Akpom, a second-half substitute, capitalised on the work of midfielder Chris Willock and Nacho Monreal to score the winning goal.

    Willock worked himself into space on the left-hand side of the area and fed the ball to Monreal, who crossed to Akpom. The 20-year-old striker got behind the Chicago Fire defender Brandon Vincent and slotted in from close range. Akpom was later named man of the match.

    Earlier, Joel Campbell gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute with a penalty. Laurent Ciman had fouled Theo Walcott, and Campbell trotted slowly up to the ball before hitting a low drive underneath Philadelphia Unions Andre Blake.

    A familiar foe for Arsenal, the former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, now playing for the Montreal Impact, levelled the score in first-half stoppage time. The New York Red Bulls Sacha Kljestan began the move with a ball to Giovani dos Santos on the left of the box. Dos Santos passed to the Ivorian, who took three shots before he scored: Petr Cech stopped the first, Rob Holding blocked the second and Drogba converted the rebound.

    It often felt like a home game for Arsenal. The Gunners red-and-white shirts overwhelmed any other clubs representation in the stadium.

    Arsenals starting line-up featured familiar names such as Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but Arsne Wenger chose to feature younger players, including Willock and the 18-year-old Polish central defender Krystian Bielik. The All-Stars fielded a starting 11 featuring European veterans Drogba, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa.

    The visitors enjoyed the majority of the possession from the start. The All-Stars responded by attempting to strike quickly on counterattacks. In the seventh minute, Real Salt Lakes Kyle Beckerman began one such attack by slotting a pass to Kaka, who sent a long ball to Villa on the left flank. But Kieran Gibbs blocked Villas shot before it could trouble the Arsenal goal.

    A minute later, Pirlo orchestrated another counterattack by chipping the ball to Dos Santos but Cech used his right hand to deflect dos Santos 15-yard shot to safety.
    Cech made another critical save in the 47th minute by lunging to deflect Sebastian Giovincos 16-yard fusillade that had been heading into the upper-left corner of the net.

    Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka made his debut for the Gunners when he entered the match in the 46th minute but it was Akpom who was to have the final say.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jul/28/arsenal-mls-all-stars-friendly-match-report-chuba-akpom

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    Reported attacks and bias incidents are up significantly after deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino last year and Trumps plan to ban all Muslims

    Rasheed Albeshari and his friends were playing volleyball by Lake Chabot in northern California when they took a break to pray. The Sunday hangout at the popular park across the bay from San Francisco had become a weekly tradition for the group, but on 6 December, their afternoon prayers were quickly interrupted.

    Terrorists! You have nothing but hate!

    Albeshari, a 32-year-old Muslim American, turned around and couldnt believe what he saw. A woman was screaming at him and his four friends, who are also Muslim. Albeshari, who was born in Tennessee, turned his camera on.

    You are very deceived by Satan. Your mind has been taken over, brainwashed, the woman, later identified as Denise Slader, shouted, his footage showed.

    This lady was talking about my God, Albeshari narrated on camera, before Slader physically confronted him, allegedly hitting him with an umbrella and throwing her coffee in his face.

    Albeshari, who drives for Uber and Lyft, had seen news reports of hate crimes against Muslims, but he never imagined it could happen to him. It was shocking, he said in a recent interview. I was born here. This is my country.

    While most cases of anti-Muslim hate crimes arent caught on video, advocates say the assault Albeshari faced has become increasingly common across the US, and new California data suggests there has been a big jump in bias incidents in the state with serious consequences for Muslim communities that extend far beyond the individual attacks.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) in California published new data this week showing that bias incidents against Muslims in the state increased by 58% between 2014 and 2015, and experts say communities throughout the US are seeing similar trends.

    A total of 1,150 incidents were reported to Cair-California last year, which include complaints involving employment and housing discrimination, school bullying, and interactions with law enforcement.

    The report says the deadly attacks in Paris in November and in San Bernardino, California, in December, along with the success of presidential nominee Donald Trump, have fueled a distinct rise in Islamophobia in the US, with acts of discrimination, harassment and violence that can make it challenging for Muslims to go about their daily lives.

    It just becomes very numbing and wearying dealing with this day after day after day, where your faith is vilified in the public arena, said Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for Cair.

    The data in California, which has the largest Muslim population in the country, echoes a number of recent reports that have indicated sharp increases in hate crimes and bias incidents.

    After Paris and San Bernardino, hate crimes against Muslim Americans and mosques tripled, according to a California State University researcher, who said the US had not seen such a high frequency of incidents since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Other states have also recently catalogued large increases in anti-Muslim incidents.

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    In San Diego, a pregnant Muslim woman wearing a hijab was pushing a stroller with her young child in it when a man assaulted her using her own stroller with the child still seated in it, according to Cairs report.

    Police in Richmond, in northern California, waited more than two weeks to arrest a self-professed Trump supporter who allegedly posted an image of a homemade bomb on Facebook along with anti-Muslim threats.

    Mosques have been vandalized with graffiti and Muslim students have reported increased bullying, which advocates attribute directly to the charged rhetoric of Trump, who has said he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US.

    We definitely hear about multiple incidents per day, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of Cair-California, adding that the organizations numbers are surely an undercount since people are often afraid to report discrimination they have faced.

    They fear retaliation People come to us and say, Please, please dont make this public. I just want to make sure my family is protected.

    In addition to Trump, Hooper blamed bias in the media for fueling Islamophobia, noting a study that found that in news reports that described domestic terrorists, 81% were identified as Muslims, even though during the period studied, only 6% of all domestic terror suspects were Muslim.

    Hooper said he was particularly worried about the long-term effects on youth. Can you imagine growing up in this toxic anti-Muslim environment? I dont know what impact thats going to have down the road.

    Albeshari, who moved to Yemen as a child and recently returned to the US, said Trump was responsible for the attacks he and others have faced. Hes now just opened the gate for the racist cells in people.

    The incident in December, he added, has made him act more cautiously in public. I would say Im kind of paranoid I need to look around myself and see who is next to me.

    Slader, the woman he filmed, pleaded not guilty to a hate-crime charge. Her attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

    If he ever met Slader again, Albeshari said he would try to be kind to her and explain that he has a right to live here. He added, I would ask her for a hug.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/28/california-muslim-attack-hate-crime-report

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    Seeing someone you love after a long time apart is one of the best feelings in the world. Giving them a hug then feels extra special.

    Military parents can often spend a lot of time away from their families. The moment that they are reunited is a very big, emotional scene. It’s one that they will always remember.

    After 20 long years of service, BM1 Edward Essenburg is retiring from the military and spending the rest of his days with his family!

    His last tour with US Navy expeditionary unit Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 was a 7-month deployment. As it was his last one before retiring, he and his wife Kimberly decided to surprise their daughters.

    The girls thought they were going to do a normal girl’s day at a Norfolk Tides baseball game. But then they are called onto the field to take part in a “game”.

    But watch as the announcer says that he needs some materials brought out. The girls had no idea that their dad would be the one to deliver them!

    Despite flight delays and everything, they thought they wouldn’t be seeing their dad for a few days, but instead got this wonderful surprise they will never forget!

    If you enjoyed this military homecoming, you will love this dad surprising his two sons at school while wearing a bee costume!

    Don’t forget to SHARE this dad and his happy daughters with all of your friends and family!

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    Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/sailor-baseball-homecoming/

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    Even though we are already halfway through summer and have just one month left, it feels like every day is getting hotter and hotter.

    Some days, I dread going outside. If it’s not over 100 degrees, then the humidity is just too much to handle. Has it always been this bad?

    Humans are verylucky, though. We get to go inside and enjoy air conditioning! Animals outside have to find ways to cool off on their own.

    Some animals turn to mud baths, like pigs and elephants, while others need to take a dip in the lake to beat this summer heat. But one big, furry creature needed to cool off faster than that.

    One Minnesota native was very surprised when he looked out his back window. Instead of seeing an empty yard like he expected, he found out his family had a bear visiting them!

    The bear wasn’t aggressive and causing chaos in their yard. The poor big guy was just hot and needed to use the family’s kiddie pool to bring his temperature down!

    Dave Zbaracki posted a picture of the giant bear lying in the pool on his Facebook page, and it has gained a ton of attention. The family felt bad for the hot bear and let him stay in their pool. How sweet!

    If you enjoyed this, then you will love this elephant crashing a pool party! He saw them having fun in the pool and wanted to join.

    Thumbnail Photo: Dave Zbaracki

    Don’t forget to SHARE this adorable sleepy bear with all of your friends and family!

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    Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/bear-in-kiddie-pool/

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    Who knew horses could be so cuddly? A horse comically named Jimmy the Cow, appropriately a tongue-in-cheek name, loves his “human pillow and isnt afraid to show his affection with smooches, cuddles and lovable licks!

    In a hilarious video, Jimmy is lying down next to a woman (who is also lying on her side) and is literally cheek to cheek with her! What a flirt!

    Horses can be huge love bugs as we have seen when a cute little girl scratches a ponys back and he returns the favor,and how horses show their trust and affection by helping disabled athletes through competitive sports.

    While cuddling with her, his huge lips hang over half of her face. Oh, but thats not all then his tongue comes out and he licks her face as the woman is hysterically laughing.

    His nostrils flare as he cuddles up to his newfound friend. He looks so relaxed, content and at peace. You can even catch a glimpse of his huge teeth, which looks like hes smirking and smiling. Too funny!

    Have you ever seen a bigger baby?! I love this! commented one Facebook user.

    Another funny thing to note is that if you look closely, you can see tiny whiskers on the horses chin, which makes it look like he could use a shave Or maybe hes looking to be more rugged and have a bad boy image!

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    Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/horse-loves-kisses/

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    In 2013, Georgia Obenaus, CEO and Founder of Go Rescue Pet Adoption Center in Virginia Beach, came across a homeless pit bull named Marco. It was clear Marco had been through hell and back. He had no hair, open sores and a skin infection. He also had a bone where his tail was supposed to be.

    There was one more thing of which Georgia wasn’t even aware when she first met him: Marco the pit bull was blind. “It’s difficult anyway to find a home for a blind dog and then it’s difficult to find a home for a bully breed,” she said.

    No, Marco wasn’t exactly adoptable, but she took him in anyway. And she made it her mission to find him a forever home.

    With the help of the community, Go Rescue Pet Adoption Center collected the money they needed to pay for Marco’s eye surgery. People all over the country contributed to his funds. In November 2015, Marco was finally rid of his cataracts, and for the first time ever, he could see the world around him.

    Georgia was sure this was exactly what Marco needed to make him a more “desirable pet” but the perfect parents never came along.

    Scroll down to find out what happened next. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did…

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    Three years ago, Marco the pit bull was a battered and homeless dog.He had no hair, open sores and a skin infection.

    But the moment animal hero Georgia Obenaus saw him, she fell in love.

    Georgia was surprised to discover that Marco was also blind.

    Now only is Marco a “bully breed,” but as the CEO of Go Rescue Pet Adoption Center, she knew thathaving no eyesightwould make Marco even less adoptable.

    Still, Georgia was determined to find Marco the perfect forever family.

    Thanks to the kind donations from people across the country, Marco recently underwent life-changing eye surgery.

    Georgia broke down in tears when he ran into her arms, able to see for the first time ever.

    Now that Marco could see, Georgia figured applications to adopt him would come pouring in.

    But the perfect parent(s) never came along.

    Until…

    …Georgia’s wish finally came true, and she was about to say her bittersweet goodbye.

    Ashley and Sara McGinley had donated to Marco’s medical funds and followed his story since the beginning.

    After Marco’s surgery, the married couple also figured that he had beenadopted. When they found out he was still looking for a family, however, they were elated.

    Ashley and Sarah are looking forward to the many happy years to come.

    So is Marco.

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    Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/marco-second-chance/

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    Hidden payments totalling 30,000 to a Tory MP’s general election campaign are being investigated by the police.

    The BBC has established the money for David Mackintosh’s Northampton South fighting fund, in three 10,000 donations, was disguised in terms of who made them.

    The Electoral Commission has passed a file on the case to the police.

    Mr Mackintosh, ex-leader of Northampton council, welcomed the investigation and “will co-operate fully with police”.

    “I had no reason to believe that the donations were from anyone other than the named donors,” he said.

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    In a statement to the BBC, Northamptonshire Police said: “Following an initial investigation into election fund donations made in the Northampton South constituency, the Electoral Commission has passed the information to Northamptonshire Police to continue the investigation.”

    A force spokesman said specialist investigators are now assessing whether there has been a criminal breach of election law.

    Police are looking at the case “alongside thousands of documents obtained in the far-reaching and independent investigation into the lending of 10.25m to Northampton Town Football Club”.

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    In April, the BBC revealed the 30,000 originated from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the apparent disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.

    The firm, 1st Land Ltd, was loaned the 10.25m, which was intended to rebuild Northampton Town Football Club’s stadium.

    The police are already looking into “alleged financial irregularities” surrounding the loan, because the cash has gone missing.

    Contractors unpaid

    The Electoral Commission was then notified of the three donations, made between April and May 2014.

    The BBC established the individuals concerned had links to developer Howard Grossman, who owned 1st Land Ltd, and they received the money from this firm shortly before making the payments.

    Along with another firm, 1st Land received 8.75m of the council’s money to facilitate the project at Sixfields, which was halted after contractors were not paid.

    Mr Grossman did not comment on the new police inquiry when he was approached by the BBC.

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-36907625

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    An hour’s “brisk exercise” each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest.

    The analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics.

    Watching TV was found to be worse than sitting at a desk, probably because of associated habits like snacking.

    Current NHS guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

    Being inactive is known to increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

    It has been linked to 5.3 million deaths globally a year – compared with 5.1 million linked to smoking.

    The Lancet research says the global cost, for healthcare and lost productivity, is estimated at $67.5bn per year.

    ‘No escape’

    To look at the the impact of activity and inactivity, researchers went back to the authors of 13 existing papers and asked all of them to reanalyse their data.

    People were classed depending on how active they were – from the least active who did less than five minutes a day, up to 60-75 minutes a day for the most active.

    Researchers then looked at how many people died during the follow-up period – between two and 14 years.

    Those who sat for eight hours a day, but were physically active, had a much lower risk of premature death compared with people who sat for fewer hours a day, but were not active.

    Sitting for a long time as well as being inactive carried the greatest risk.

    Prof Ulf Ekelund, of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and the University of Cambridge, led the study.

    He said: “For many people who commute to work and have office-based jobs, there is no way to escape sitting for prolonged periods of time.

    “For these people in particular, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting exercise, whether it’s getting out for a walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the morning or cycling to work.

    “An hour of physical activity per day is the ideal, but if this is unmanageable, then at least doing some exercise each day can help reduce the risk.”

    But he admitted: “One hour’s moderate activity is substantially higher than current recommendations.”

    TV time

    Watching TV for more than three hours was associated with an increased risk of premature death for all but the most active.

    The researchers suggest this is likely to be because people might snack while they watch, or because they are more likely to watch TV after eating their evening meal which might affect their metabolism.

    It could, they say, also be a sign of a more unhealthy lifestyle in general.

    Dr Pedro Hallal of Brazil’s Federal University of Pelotas looked at the effect of the Olympics on the general public’s activity levels.

    He said that, despite a blip around the Games where people temporarily take up a sport, there is no long-term legacy.

    “There’s been no health legacy of the Olympics reported ever, but it’s the perfect time to talk about human movement.”

    The scientists said governments should ensure their policies encouraged physical activity – citing the example of a bus scheme where stops are placed further apart to encourage walking – and employers should make it easier for staff to be active during their working day – such as flexible lunch breaks and the provision of showering facilities.

    Lisa Young, a physical activity specialist at the British Heart Foundation said: “Although we recognise the link between sedentary behaviour and poor health, we do advocate further research in this area to establish categorical statistics in relation to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.”

    Dr Mike Loosemore, from the English Institute of Sport, said: “An hour of brisk walking is hard work this is essentially moderate exercise, I suspect not many people would be able to manage that amount of moderate activity a day.

    “So if you change the guidelines then it puts them even further out of reach of the people who would benefit most from increasing their physical activity, which are those that do very little.

    “For the vast majority of people while the best way to stay healthy would be to do an hour of moderate activity a day, realistically the best place to start is reducing your sedentary behaviour at work by sitting less and try to increase whatever physical activity you are doing.”

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36895789

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participated in an “Ask Me Anything,” or AMA, on Wednesday on Reddit, the self-described “front page of the internet” (for young men). He graced the conservative subreddit “The_Donald,” where he is considered something of a hero. People on the forum call him “God Emperor” and “His Nimbleness,” and refer to each other as “centipedes,” apparently a reference to a YouTube video that blends footage of Trump with narration of what sounds like a nature show on insects.

    Trump appeared very excited for the event — “This is going to be SO HUGE,” he wrote on Facebook — but he showed up late, and appeared to have wi-fi problems. Once he got there, though, it wasn’t the type of wild spectacle people have come to expect from Trump. Unlike his free-wheeling press conference earlier on Wednesday, the AMA was full of canned talking points. (Sample answer: “I am never tired of winning, and as your president I will win for you, the American people. I’m with you!”). It was boring.

    He, or whoever was running his account, submitted 12 comments. One user asked five questions, but Trump ignored all but the first two. He gave brief answers voter fraud is “a serious concern”; NASA “is wonderful” and did not discuss WikiLeaks or net neutrality. On a forum renowned for its informal style and lack of political correctness, he answered no personal questions, except one, barely: Which U.S. president do you admire the most? (“There have been many amazing Presidents in American history, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, all of whom I greatly admire.”)

    When President Barack Obama conducted his AMA in 2012, it was not a groundbreaking event. But Obama is also not the spotlight-hogging Donald. Obama answered 10 questions, about some of the main issues he was talking about in his campaign the economy, Obamacare, taxes but he also addressed balancing work and family life, his thoughts on the White House beer recipe, and his favorite basketball player (Michael Jordan).  

    Most questions Trump answered came from regular Reddit users who did not have obvious ties to white supremacists, a step up from Trump’s Twitter retweet list. He answered a question from Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos, who was recently permanently suspended from Twitter after he encouraged people to harass Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. (He denied responsibility.)

    The moderators attempted to weed out “troublemakers” who might give the AMA bad press by removing comments from trolls, inactive users and new accounts. “We built the wall 10 ft taller, you might say,” a user wrote. (”Quick! Everybody act normal! There are 80 genders and Islam is a race!” said another.)

    The ad-hoc fan club has reportedly been plagued by recent infighting, with leaders kicking out a moderator, “CisWhiteMaelstrom,” because he allegedly planned to coordinate with white nationalists. The AMA came together, according to NBC News, in part because one of the moderators reached out to Trump’s digital director. Trump now joins a list of AMA guests on the sub-reddit that includes Yiannopoulos, GotNews’ Chuck Johnson and InfoWars’ Alex Jones.

    Here are all of the revelations from his AMA:

    Answer 1: He thinks voter fraud is bad and NASA is good.

    Answer 2: He thinks the media is biased.

    Answer 3: He thinks Hillary Clinton is bad.

    Answer 4: He thinks the immigration system is also bad.

    Answer 5: He wants to get rid of Obamacare.

    Answer 6: Did we mention he hates Hillary Clinton?

     Answer 7: He supports police.

    Answer 8: He likes George Washington and Ronald Reagan.

     Answer 9: He wants to win Bernie Sanders supporters. 

     Answer 10: He is not tired of winning.

     Answer 11: He will improve the economy.

    Answer 12: He will make America great again.

    Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims 1.6 billion members of an entire religion from entering the U.S.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-reddit-ama_us_57993deee4b02d5d5ed43fb9?section=