In it, but not of it. TPM DC

At some point, when gearing up to run for president for a second time, Hillary Clinton decided that she was not going to run away from the reality that she could be the first female presidential nominee of a major party ticket. Judging by the reception her achievement received in Philadelphia this week, it was a wise decision.

In interviews with TPM throughout the Democratic National Convention, Clinton delegates brought up -- often unprompted -- the historical nature of her nomination, a milestone her campaign has also embraced.

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PHILADELPHIA -- After six years of dozens of Obamacare repeal votes, campaign ads in which GOP candidates literally blow the law into smithereens, and a consistent political tenor that has treated the Affordable Care Act as if it was the most divisive piece of legislation passed in American history, Hillary Clinton believes she can bring Republicans to the table to make it better, rather than destroy it.

Or at least, that’s what her advisers say, many of them appearing on panels and mingling at events during the Democratic National Convention attended by lobbyists, advocates and other professionals with vested interests in the law.

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PHILADELPHIA – Eight years after President Barack Obama made history and won his party’s nomination at the Democratic convention in Denver, African-American voters at the convention in Philadelphia are reflecting on what that victory has meant for them and whether Hillary Clinton– a pioneer on the gender frontier –will be able to pick up where he left off.

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PHILADELPHIA – After Donald Trump's blockbuster press conference Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) predicts that even her Republican colleagues might be plotting to go into the voting booth come November and cast their ballot clandestinely for Hillary Clinton.

"I will tell you this. I would bet serious money that most of my Republican colleagues vote for Hillary Clinton," McCaskill told TPM in a sit-down interview Wednesday. "They care that much about their country. There will be some that won't ... it will be a secret, but I have an awful lot of confidence in a lot of my Republican colleagues."

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PHILADELPHIA-- Leon Panetta, the former CIA director and Defense secretary, slammed Donald Trump and the comments that he made Wednesday suggesting the Russians should hack Hillary Clinton's emails and release them publicly.

"In my over 50 years in public life, this is the screwiest damn election I've ever seen," Panetta said.

After noting that he had served under nine presidents, Republican and Democratic, Panetta said, "This is the first election where there's only one candidate who has the experience, temperament, the understanding of the world to be commander-in-chief."

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PHILADELPHIA – If there was anything the delegates at the Democratic convention had in common with many of their Republican counterparts in Cleveland, it's that they never expected Donald Trump to top the GOP ticket. But his unlikely takeover of the Republican Party has raised the stakes and added new dimensions to the coming election --for Hillary Clinton supporters and her progressive skeptics alike.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Whenever a speaker on stage Monday night mentioned Hillary Clinton, an impassioned Bernie Sanders delegate from Wisconsin reached into the air with a black and white sign that simply said “no.” The man next to him flung his “Thank You Bernie T-shirt” into the air as if he were flying his flag.

When Sanders rose to speak in prime time, the crowd erupted in applause so loud Sanders struggled to drown out the crowd and actually get started.

"I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am," Sanders said. "But to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved."

For the most part, by the time the primetime programming rolled around, the mood among Bernie Sanders supporters in the Wells Fargo Center was mellowing. But the earlier protests, the contentious delegate meetings, and disruptions of early floor speeches threatened Democratic aims for unity on day one of their convention. It was undeniable that even after Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, his delegates weren’t all ready to.

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