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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Will former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm serve as the future chair of the Democratic Party?

“I do not know where that came from. I did not put my name in,” Granholm told ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, shutting down the possibility of her taking over the reins of the Democratic Party from interim chair Donna Brazile.

“I have not talked to anybody about it. I totally endorse Donna Brazile,” Granholm explained.

“But she’s only going to do it for a couple of months though,” Klein interjected.

“She should do it longer than that!” the former governor said with a laugh.

On this week’s episode of “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, Granholm also discussed what Hillary Clinton’s nomination means for the next generation of office-seekers, especially young women and girls.

“It’s really very deep for women of my generation and lots of women, obviously. ... I think there’s a real sense here of a woman who has worked really hard to get where she is and the qualifications she has. And here, one of us has finally made it. So, it’s very emotional,” said Granholm, who became the first woman to serve as the governor of Michigan in 2003.

Granholm admits that she started screaming when she saw Hillary Clinton breaking the glass ceiling on-screen at the Democratic National Convention this week.

“Gosh, I, along with everyone else, screamed at the top of my lungs!” Granholm said, calling the video “the perfect symbol” for marking Clinton’s historic presidential nomination. “And then when [the cameras] panned back and saw the kids next to her, there’s that realization that it’s not about her, but it’s about all of us. It’s about the next generation.”

But she added that the nomination of the first female presidential candidate on a major party ticket should be inspirational for young men, as well. “Both genders need to have the lesson that it shouldn’t matter what your plumbing is in order for you to take a position of leadership.”

As for Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, Granholm suggested that the Republican presidential nominee’s message about jobs may resonate well with workers in her home state, but “it’s going to be tough for him” to flip Michigan to a red state.

“However, I do think it’s going to be close,” she noted. “When he talks about the issues related to jobs and trade, that’s really important for our state.”

But, according to Granholm, Trump has yet to prove how he will create jobs for American workers.

“[Clinton], on the other hand, has a really aggressive, advanced manufacturing plan. She wants to make the biggest investment in job creation since World War II in this country. That, people need to hear. She’s got plans to do it. He’s got rhetoric. And rhetoric doesn’t get you anywhere," Granholm said.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- An LGBT activist made history today by being the first transgender woman to address a national political convention.

Sarah McBride, who now works at the Human Rights Campaign, told her story at the Democratic convention and said that while "LGBTQ people are still targeted by hate that lives in both laws and in hearts... tomorrow can be different."

"Four years ago, I came out as transgender while serving as student body president in college. At the time, I was scared. I worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually exclusive," she said.

McBride also told how she fell in love with a transgender man named Andy, who later was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

"We married in 2014, and just five days after our wedding, he passed away," she said, but noted that "more than anything else, his passing taught me that every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest."

McBride endorsed Clinton during the speech, saying she would be an advocate for the transgender community.

"Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of our fight. She’ll work with us to pass the Equality Act, to combat violence against transgender women of color, and to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all," she said.

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine says Hillary Clinton will convey an optimistic message when she addresses delegates at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night in Philadelphia.

“I think she’s going to tell her story and rooted in this American optimism, which is just a sharp contrast with what we saw in Cleveland last week,” Kaine told ABC News anchor David Muir in an exclusive interview airing Thursday on World News Tonight.

He continued: “Tonight, it’s really her night. Hillary’s been at podiums before but in some ways, usually connected with her husband, with others. I think this is really her beginning to get to know the American public, to just, you know, she to them."

When asked what advice he’s given to his running mate, Kaine would not reveal too many specifics.

“You know what, to give her candid advice means giving her candid advice not on TV,” Kaine said. “I already have given advice and asked questions and engaged in dialogue. She is extremely sincere knowing that the more she listens to people, the better decisions she’s going to make. I just happen to think my two cents added in on an issue along the way will help her win and help her be a great president. I’m excited to take on that role and support her."

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Ida Mae Astute/ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) --  Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine mocked Donald Trump for confusing him with a New Jersey politician and said the blunder is proof that Trump is trying to “learn on the fly” as he runs for president.

In an interview with ABC News' David Muir, the Democratic U.S. senator and former governor of Virginia, jabbed at the GOP presidential nominee for his remarks confusing Kaine with former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, a Republican.

“If you don’t know there’s 50 states and New Jersey and Virginia are different, and you’re trying to run for president and learn that on the fly, Lord help you,” Kaine told Muir in an interview airing Thursday on World News Tonight.

Kaine formally accepted the vice presidential nomination in an address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. He used part of his speech to mock Trump by doing an impression of the real estate mogul. In his interview with Muir, Kaine continued his assault on Trump and reacted to Trump’s remarks that Russia should find Hillary Clinton’s emails. Trump has since said he was being sarcastic when he made the remarks about Russia.

But Kaine countered Trump's attempted walk-back: “I don’t think that Russia comment was sarcastic,” he said.

“We got Donald Trump saying, ‘Hey, Russia, put your thumb on the scale to help me in an American election. You will not find that in any other presidential campaign that’s been running in this country in our history,” Kaine said.

Kaine, who was described by a Senate colleague this morning as someone who doesn’t trash talk, has nevertheless not shied away from attacking Trump.

In remarks to the Missouri delegation at a Democratic National Convention breakfast this morning, Kaine said he doesn’t view his jabs at Trump as trash talk.

"I don’t mind drawing a contrast, and I don’t mind calling out bad behavior, and I don’t mind calling out foolishness when I see it. I may not call you a name, but I might call what you propose all kinds of names,” Kaine told the Missouri delegation. "I’m going to have an awful lot of fun with Donald Trump between now and Election Day.”

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) --  Chelsea Clinton may be a former first daughter, but she’ll be the second daughter to introduce her parent as a presidential candidate in the past week.

Ivanka Trump, who Chelsea Clinton was reportedly close with, was also picked to give the speech immediately preceding her father when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland last week.

When Clinton takes the stage tonight to introduce her mother, the comparisons between her and Ivanka -- both young mothers with careers of their own who have grown up in the public eye -- will be immediate.

And Clinton has already started to pick apart some of Ivanka Trump’s comments about how her father. Donald Trump, will “fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him.”

At a panel discussion hosted by Glamour and Facebook on Tuesday, Clinton was asked how she would respond to her friend about her claims, answering the question with a question.

 “How would your father do that, given it’s not something he’s spoken about? There are no policies on any of those fronts that you just mentioned on his website -- not last week, not this week -- so I think the how question is super important in politics as it is in life,” Clinton said.

“It really matters to me that my mom in this election consistently has told you how she’s going to do everything, whether that’s on gun control or protecting a woman’s right to choose or any of the things we’ve talked about. She also tells you how she’s going to pay for it,” she said.

Clinton, 36, has had experience introducing her mother on the campaign trail in the past, but tonight’s appearance is clearly going to be the most important, history-making speech both she and her mother will have made.

 As it was in the case in Cleveland, convention attendees see the symbolic importance of having Hillary Clinton’s daughter introduce her, and view it as an advantage.

Nicole LaChapelle, a delegate from Massachusetts, said that it was especially notable since Hillary Clinton could have chosen to have her husband introduce her tonight rather than having him speak on Tuesday.

“Bravo to Bill Clinton,” LaChapelle told ABC News, saying he gave a “great speech, great tone, and then stepping aside and having Chelsea introduce her.”

“Chelsea has her own career, she has her own kids, her husband isn’t overly involved in politics and she’s jumping in, I feel because it's her mom and she feels she’s the best candidate,” she said.

 Chelsea doesn’t parse any words when it comes to her support for her mother.

“I am deeply biased towards my mother,” she said at the Facebook event earlier this week.

“I think it's really hard for any of us to imagine what we can’t see so I am just really proud that little girls will be able to redirect their imaginations in other ways because [of] my mother," she added.

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Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- The history-making nature of this week has not gone unnoticed at the Democratic National Convention, but the most pivotal moment comes Thursday night when Hillary Clinton addresses the convention and formally accepts her party’s nomination for president.

Few specifics about the speech have been released in advance but some aides have given some insight into the address.

Campaign Manager Robby Mook said that she will "weave" the themes that have been touted throughout the convention, which has focused on how America is "United Together" and "Working Together" while Clinton has had "A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families." Thursday night’s theme -- "Stronger Together" -- has been a regular maxim of her campaign.

“Tonight in her speech Hillary is going to stitch together each of these themes and talk about how this election is really a moment of reckoning for the voters,” Mook said at a briefing Thursday morning.

John Podesta, another Clinton campaign manager, told ABC News Thursday that Clinton's speech Thursday night will draw on her experiences and the people she has met. She'll then segue into what she wants to achieve during her presidency.

Podesta said that the speech will also include a couple of good jabs at her Republican rival, Donald Trump, but noted that it would be in keeping with the line coined by first lady Michelle Obama during her Monday speech, when she said, “When they go low, we go high.”

Clinton sought ideas for this speech from some of her former speechwriters and senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, but it was Dan Schwerin, Clinton’s current head speechwriter, who took the lead.

James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo who has written a book about political polarization, said that in addition to “lighting into Trump,” there are two other topics she should be sure to include: an appeal to supporters of Bernie Sanders, and an acknowledgement of her own shortcomings.

“She should reassure them that she has heard them and their concerns and that she will be a tireless advocate” for causes that were important to the Sanders campaign, Campbell told ABC News.

“She must not only unify the party, but excite it -- invigorate it,” he added.

When it comes to her shortcomings, Campbell says there is a way to turn them into advantages.

“Everyone knows that she has a great deal of experience, but they also know that she has left a long trail of controversies in her wake,” he said.

“She should emphasize that her experience is not just a series of entries on her resume, but that she has learned about policy and about her own strengths and weaknesses through this experience. Experience is not a virtue on its own, but it is an opportunity to learn,” he said.

Thursday night won’t be Clinton’s first appearance at the convention -- she made a video address to the group on Tuesday after her husband’s speech and then she walked on stage to thank President Obama after his speech Wednesday night -- but it will be the first time she formally addresses the crowd in person.

While the bar is undeniably high for Clinton Thursday night given the string of speeches that have already been given this week, Campbell doesn’t think that she will be held to the same standards.

“I do not think expectations for her speech are at the Obama, Biden and Bill Clinton level,” he said.

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ABC News Radio/Paul Gleiser(PHILADELPHIA) -- In her first interview since husband Sen. Tim Kaine was nominated as vice-president, Anne Holton told ABC News’ Ann Compton, “He and I are both very excited about not just having a woman president, but having men working for the first woman president! Isn’t that exciting? And he gets that!”

In her exclusive interview with ABC News Radio from Philadelphia, Holton revealed that after Kaine gave the biggest speech of his life at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, the couple unwound at their hotel by reading aloud many of the “dad” jokes about him on Twitter.

“We got home late last night and someone sent a link to the Twitter thread that went viral,” she said. “One of the lines was 'President Obama was a cool dad and Tim is a dad's dad.’ The jokes went on and on and he and I ended the day laughing hysterically!”

Before his convention speech, Holton said Kaine kept the atmosphere backstage loose, even playing music by The Who, Peter Gabriel and other favorite artists.

“Getting psyched up for the speech, he had all the aides laughing hysterically at Tim's 'pump up' music list. All of those things help with stress,” she said.

Holton, herself an accomplished attorney, judge and, until this week, the Education Secretary of Virginia, is no stranger to politics. Her father, Linwood Holton, was the Republican governor of Virginia (1970-1974). She said she grew up in a home where problems were viewed as “opportunities.”

What does she think of first lady Michelle Obama’s comments Monday night that when someone acts like a bully, her motto is “when they go low, we will go high”?

“We're talking about positive values and experiences” in this campaign, Holton said. “The theme is all about hope. We've got so much positive to sell and I really think that's what America is and wants to hear.”

What kind of vice president will Kaine be? Will he give advice?

“That's one of the things Hillary has told him that's what she wants," Holton said. "She needs him to tell her the things she needs to hear."

Kaine's father-in-law, former Gov. Holton, joined Compton in the exclusive ABC News interview.

“I encouraged him from the beginning to get in to public service,” said Linwood Holton, who noted that Kaine’s first campaign was for local government in Richmond, Virginia. “After a year or so he advised announced he was running for City Council. I said, 'You’re crazy! City Council is the place where they bury budding politicians.' But Tim handled that very well.”

The majority African-American city council elected and then re-elected Kaine as the mayor of Richmond before Kaine went on to become Virginia's governor and a United States senator.

Asked about his governing philosophy and what he has advised Kaine, Holton said, “Get the facts and make your decisions only after you know everything that is involved.”

Holton, now 92, said his final piece of advice to his son-in-law was, “Don't let the pressure get you!”

With a smile, he added, “And, Tim won't.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Democratic party has yet to notify thousands of wealthy donors whose email addresses and other personal information have been exposed by a pernicious cyber-intrusion, including Hollywood stars, CEOs and some of America’s super rich.

“It’s very disturbing,” said Georgia trial lawyer Mark Tate, who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party and its candidates. “They haven’t told me that my information is out there.”

But out there it is, along with thousands of donor files -- many of them listed on a massive spreadsheet the party called the “Big Spreadsheet of All Things,” which appears to list data about every check written to the party, Hillary Clinton and President Obama going back to 2013. The file includes email addresses, phone numbers, and in some cases additional personal information not publicly available on Federal Election Commission reports.

Under FEC rules, contributors are required to reveal the amounts of their gifts and provide a mailing address, but not email or phone contact information.

"If I were a hacker, this list and these emails are where I would start," said Justin Harvey, chief security officer for Fidelis Cybersecurity, one of the firms that helped investigate the hack of the Democratic party. "These emails and the other information would be extremely valuable for a hacker trying to gain entry to the personal computers of a target with a phishing scam."

Some of the well-known Democratic supporters whose personal information appear in hack files are Eva Longoria, Ellen DeGeneres, Kyra Sedgwick and James Cameron. California billionaire Tom Steyer’s information is exposed, as is that of mega donor George Soros.

"While we do not yet know the scope of the intrusion or all of the individuals who may have been affected, we are quickly reviewing the thousands of emails and files stolen from the DNC and disclosed by Wikileaks to determine and make the appropriate notifications," a Democratic Party official told ABC News in response to questions about the hack.

"The DNC takes privacy matters very seriously," the official said.

ABC News analyzed some of the more than 19,000 internal Democratic National Committee documents that cybersecurity firms say were likely hacked by Russians and published online by WikiLeaks.

Like any corporation or retail chain that is hacked, the DNC is required in most states to notify potential victims that their private information has been exposed. But state laws also give the targeted party time to assess the damage first.

The DNC has known for several months that there had been an intrusion. Only after WikiLeaks published some of the internal records Friday, though, was the party aware of what data apparently had been stolen.

In at least a handful of instances, the online documents also reveal Social Security numbers, passport information and in one case, a photocopy of a bank check for $150,000, with the account number and signatures all clearly visible.

Not all major Democratic donors were unnerved by the hack. Orin Kramer, a top fundraiser for Obama and legions of other Democrats, said in an email to ABC News, "Other than contact info being out there, emails [about] me innocuous."

William C. Eacho, who served under President Obama as U.S. Ambassador to Austria, could be heard on a voicemail confirming dinner with the president -- an audio recording that was part of the hacked files.

“No one from DNC has reached out yet, but am sure they are a bit busy this week!” he wrote in an email in response to ABC News.

Democratic Donor Michael Zaleski learned a photocopy of his passport was part of the breach. He said someone from the DNC called to notify him over the weekend.

“Obviously I’m disappointed, but more angry at [Republican nominee Donald] Trump for sidling up to the Russians -- it’s treasonous," he said.

Tate said he hopes to hear from the DNC about what specific personal data about him has been exposed, so he can take measures to protect his privacy.

“I’ve always been loyal to the Democratic Party,” he said. “But they need to let me know what stuff is out there.”

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ABC News (NEW YORK) — Donald Trump said he was being “sarcastic” when he said he hopes Russia will find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails from her years as U.S. secretary of state.

"Of course I was being sarcastic," the Republican presidential nominee said on Fox News’ Fox & Friends Thursday morning. "And frankly, they don't even know if it's Russia, if it's China, if it's someone else. Who knows who it is."

The brash real estate mogul made headlines yet again when he appeared to suggest that the Russian hackers who allegedly leaked internal Democratic National Committee emails should also find the thousands of private emails that Clinton erased during her time in the State Department.

"By the way, if they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do,” Trump told reporters Wednesday morning during a press conference at his golf club in Doral, Florida. “They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted.”

He then looked directly into the news cameras and said, “Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

Many observers offered a swift rebuke, claiming that Trump had essentially invited a foreign country to hack the U.S. and intervene in the elections. Trump said the claims aren’t true and the Democratic Party is using his comments to distract from the email scandal.

"What [the DNC] said in those emails is a disgrace and they're just trying to deflect from that," he said on Fox & Friends.

Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, came under investigation for her use of a personal email server while serving as secretary of state. After turning over all correspondence about government business during her tenure at the department to the FBI, Clinton revealed at a press conference last year that she had deleted about half of her emails that pertained to personal matters, like her daughter's wedding. Attorney General Loretta Lynch ultimately decided not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

Clinton's senior policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, released a statement in response to Trump's comments on Wednesday.

"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," Sullivan said. "That's not hyperbole. Those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity and a matter of politics to being a national security issue."

A handful of major cybersecurity firms have concluded that Russian hackers were the likely culprits in releasing the DNC emails which appeared to show party officials strategizing how to politically impede Bernie Sanders’s campaign and aid Clinton’s during the primaries. WikiLeaks published the emails last week.

Michael Buratowski, a cyber analyst at one of the firms that investigated the hack, told ABC News on Monday that Russians were to blame "beyond a reasonable doubt." According to him, the hackers were using Russian internet addresses and typing on keyboards configured in Cyrillic.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that accusations that Moscow was responsible for the hack were "absurd."

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The countdown is on.

Thursday is the final day of the Democratic National Convention, and with some of the biggest political players — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Tim Kaine — having already spoken, the focus is now on one person: Presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Aside from marking the end of the Democrats' convention, Thursday also brings to a close two long weeks of conventions for many politicos, and the formal end of the primary season.

Here are five storylines to watch Thursday night:

1. The Big Speech

Clinton will formally take the stage and accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, adding another chapter to the history books.

Little has been announced about the content of the speech, although it’s safe to assume that it’s the biggest one of her political career.

2. Another Daughter Introduces the Candidate

Chelsea Clinton will be introducing her mother Thursday night, and she isn’t the first child to be put in that position.

Last week in Cleveland, Ivanka Trump introduced her father when he took to the stage to accept the Republican nomination.

Chelsea, however, has had a bit more experience introducing her mother on various campaign trails throughout the years.

Similar to her mother, very little has been released about her speech, but if she follows in her father’s footsteps, she’ll likely make it a personal address.

3. A Look at the Evolution of the Week

The convention started on Monday with regular boos and jeers from Bernie Sanders supporters throughout various speeches.

Over the past three days, there have been clear unification efforts, most notably when Sanders moved to nominate Clinton by voice vote at the end of the state-by-state roll call on Tuesday.

From then on, tensions have been notably calmer, and there was minimal booing on Wednesday.

4. Where the Democratic National Committee Stands

In the hours leading up to the start of the convention, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she would be stepping down after the convention but still would be gaveling in, gaveling out and addressing the convention itself.

At the last minute, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gaveled the session to order instead, and there has been no further mention of Wasserman Schutlz’s involvement.

If she’s going to make a public appearance on the stage of the convention, Thursday’s the day.

5. All Roads Lead to Nov. 8

By the end of Thursday night, both major parties conventions will be finished and there will be two confirmed nominees battling it out for the win at the general election.

Technically the Green Party has their convention in the coming weeks, meaning that Dr. Jill Stein will eventually become her party’s nominee as well, but she is still polling in single digits.

We’ve still got 102 days left to go, folks. Stay tuned.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said Donald Trump is "a threat to everything" Bernie Sanders and his supporters stand for.

"They understand who Hillary [Clinton] is and they understand that Donald Trump is a threat to everything they care about," the Virginia senator said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday.

"We got to pull it together to win," he added.

Kaine, who officially accepted the nomination as Clinton's running mate Wednesday night, acknowledged that the Democratic National Convention began in "turmoil" with Sanders' delegates protesting a Clinton presidency. In a bid to show a unified front, Sanders moved that Clinton be selected as the party's nominee for president on Tuesday night. The motion, followed by some big names in politics throwing their full support behind Clinton, has since helped lift the tone of the convention.

Kaine said he's confident that his party would ultimately unite come election day and elect Clinton over Trump, the Republican presidential nominee.

"I was a big Obama guy back in '08 and was part of the team trying to bring everybody together," Kaine said, referring to when President Obama won the party's nomination over Clinton. "I actually think where we are now, we're farther ahead than we were eight years ago."

Kaine, 58, grew up in Minnesota where his father was employed as an ironworker. During his primetime speech at the convention Wednesday night, Kaine admitted he "never expected to be here."

"My mom and dad are here and they're still stunned that they got somebody in politics in the family," Kaine laughed. "My parents' strong faith background made me a real believer in helping others."

When he ran for governor of Virginia 11 years ago, Kaine made clear to voters that he was against abortion and same-sex marriage. A decade later, the senator strongly supports marriage equality and has voted against a bill that would bar abortion after 20 weeks.

Kaine now calls himself "a progressive," though admittedly less so than Sanders.

"I'm a progressive in the South and that may be different than being a progressive in Vermont," he said.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(CHICAGO) -- President Obama has selected Chicago's Jackson Park as the site of his future presidential library, according to a source familiar with the process.

The site will be officially unveiled in the coming days, according to the source.

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) — First lady Michelle Obama made no secret of her admiration for her husband-of-23-years Wednesday night, taking to Twitter to gush about the president following his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

"That's my man! Your truth, dignity and grace reminds us what real leadership looks like. I am always proud of our @POTUS," the first lady tweeted just minutes after President Barack Obama left the stage, following a rousing speech that ended with a standing ovation and many DNC attendees in tears.

The tweeted ended with her initials "MO" -- indicating that she tweeted it herself.

That's my man! Your truth, dignity and grace reminds us what real leadership looks like. I am always proud of our @POTUS. -mo

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 28, 2016

The tweet quickly went viral, garnering more than 39,000 likes and 20,000 retweets within two hours.

On Monday, President Obama hailed his wife's speech as "incredible," spoken by an "incredible woman."

Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.

— President Obama (@POTUS) July 26, 2016

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A Rhode Island congressman penned a letter to President Obama asking him to withhold classified intelligence from Republican president nominee Donald Trump following comments he made encouraging Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails.

U.S. Representative David Cicilline, D-RI, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the request to Obama on Wednesday and tweeted the letter to his roughly 4,500 followers.

"As the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump will presumably be eligible for this courtesy in the near future," wrote Cicilline. "However, Mr. Trump urged Russian intelligence services to conduct cyber espionage operations into the correspondence of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."

Cicilline wrote that Trump's "call for hostile foreign action represents a step beyond mere partisan politics and represents a threat to the Republic itself."

"With this in mind, I respectfully ask that you withhold the intelligence briefing to Mr. Trump in the interests of national security," Cicilline concluded.

During a Wednesday morning press conference at his gold club in Doral, Florida, Trump said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

Clinton came under investigation for her use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state. After turning over to the FBI all correspondence about government business during her years at the State Department, Clinton revealed at a press conference last year that she had deleted about half of her emails that pertained to personal matters. Attorney General Loretta Lynch ultimately decided not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

Trump's senior communications adviser, Jason Miller, attempted to walk back on Trump's remarks saying he didn't call or invite Russia to hack Clinton's emails.

Since 1952, Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have traditionally received intelligence briefings after securing their party's nomination.

A senior intelligence official told ABC News Trump and Clinton will begin receiving classified intelligence briefings soon after this week's Democratic convention.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — After the drama of rivalry and dissent earlier this week, the DNC's third day was more harmonious overall, but not without a light but steady stream of demonstrators voicing their outrage on the stadium floor while notable headliners spoke, including President Obama.

A protester could be hear shouting "no, TPP!" while other protesters held up anti-TPP signs as Obama highlighted the need for party unity during his convention speech Wednesday evening.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal -- a proposed trade pact involving 12 countries on both sides of the Pacific Ocean -- has been a source of contention throughout the campaign and convention.

Obama supports the deal, but it has been denounced by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as well as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and even Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine was also interrupted by Sanders supporters who chanted "Bernie, Bernie!" which forced the Virginia senator to go off script and address the protesters head on.

"We should all be 'feeling the bern' so we don't get burned by the other guy," Kaine said as delegations from California and Nebraska could be seen chanting and waving anti-TPP signs.

While former CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta lambasted Donald Trump over his foreign policy, a faction of delegates tried to shout him down throughout his remarks.

Delegates from Oregon briefly interrupted his remarks by chanting "No more war!" while other groups around the arena began chanting "Hillary!"

Unfazed, Panetta continued his speech, blasting Trump for what he said was the Republican nominee's lack of experience in global affairs.

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