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U.S. Mid-term Elections: Democrats win House; Republicans win Senate

Posted on 07 November 2018 by admin

Democrats claimed control of the House late Tuesday and flipped at least seven governorships, but Republicans were poised to expand their majority in the Senate, delivering a split verdict in the first national referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency. The most expensive and consequential midterm elections in modern times came to a dramatic finish that underscored the nation’s deep polarization, but fell short of delivering a sweeping repudiation of Trump that Democrats had hoped would put an exclamation point on the “resistance” movement.

Trump’s racially charged warnings about illegal immigrants and demonization of Democrats appeared to mobilize enough Republican voters to withstand the “blue wave” the party once feared. The president helped Republicans win hotly contested Senate races in Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, and proclaimed the election’s outcome a “tremendous success.” Republicans held their grip throughout the South and in rural and exurban areas.

But Democrats — propelled by a rejection of Trumpism in the nation’s suburbs, and from women and minority voters especially — notched victories in areas that just two years ago helped send Trump to the White House.

In the high-turnout election, Democrats performed well across much of the upper Midwest and even in ruby-red Kansas, where Laura Kelly was elected governor over the president’s handpicked candidate, Kris Kobach. In Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers bested Gov. Scott Walker, once a Republican star who ran for president in 2016. Walker survived a hard-fought recall vote in 2012, and was reelected in 2014, only to be denied a third term by the state schools superintendent.

Incumbent Republicans fell in an array of suburban House districts, including the one held by House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions in the Dallas area. And in West Virginia — where Trump is wildly popular and campaigned heavily for Republicans — the reelection of Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III delivered a personal blow to the president.

Returns early Wednesday showed Democrats poised to pick up more than the 23 House seats they needed to gain a foothold in Congress from which to counter Trump. Democrats were projected to flip at least 29 districts currently held by the GOP, while they were on track to surrender only a few seats in the chamber.

With power in Washington divided, House Democrats are likely to try to block the president’s agenda and use their subpoena power to investigate him and his administration.

“Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who is poised to reclaim the speaker’s gavel she lost eight years ago.

The Democratic victory, she said, “is about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” and a check on Senate Republicans.

The party’s new House majority was propelled by a record number of women candidates. Women currently hold 84 House seats, but that share is projected to expand to 100 or more when all results are tallied. Across the country, 277 women were on the ballot Tuesday for Congress and governorships, an unprecedented number that included 210 House candidates.

But Democrats were disappointed elsewhere. Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated, while Sen. Bill Nelson’s reelection in Florida appeared in doubt. Republican Marsha Blackburn won the open Senate seat in Tennessee, which Democrats had hoped would slide into their column.

Democrats did pick up a seat in Nevada, where Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen prevailed over Sen. Dean Heller, the Republican incumbent. The governor’s mansion in Nevada is also set to change hands, as Republican Adam Laxalt conceded to Democrat Steve Sisolak, who is poised to replace the term-limited Brian Sandoval.

Rosen, who by early Wednesday was the lone Democratic challenger to fell a Republican incumbent in the Senate, cast her victory as a counterpoint to the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric that had marked the closing days of the midterm campaign.

“After all the hate, all the hate that I’ve seen recently, that we’ve all seen, I can’t tell you how much this means to me as a former synagogue president,” Ro

Returns early Wednesday showed Democrats poised to pick up more than the 23 House seats they needed to gain a foothold in Congress from which to counter Trump. Democrats were projected to flip at least 29 districts currently held by the GOP, while they were on track to surrender only a few seats in the chamber.

With power in Washington divided, House Democrats are likely to try to block the president’s agenda and use their subpoena power to investigate him and his administration.

“Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who is poised to reclaim the speaker’s gavel she lost eight years ago.

The Democratic victory, she said, “is about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” and a check on Senate Republicans.

The party’s new House majority was propelled by a record number of women candidates. Women currently hold 84 House seats, but that share is projected to expand to 100 or more when all results are tallied. Across the country, 277 women were on the ballot Tuesday for Congress and governorships, an unprecedented number that included 210 House candidates.

But Democrats were disappointed elsewhere. Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated, while Sen. Bill Nelson’s reelection in Florida appeared in doubt. Republican Marsha Blackburn won the open Senate seat in Tennessee, which Democrats had hoped would slide into their column.

Democrats did pick up a seat in Nevada, where Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen prevailed over Sen. Dean Heller, the Republican incumbent. The governor’s mansion in Nevada is also set to change hands, as Republican Adam Laxalt conceded to Democrat Steve Sisolak, who is poised to replace the term-limited Brian Sandoval.

Rosen, who by early Wednesday was the lone Democratic challenger to fell a Republican incumbent in the Senate, cast her victory as a counterpoint to the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric that had marked the closing days of the midterm campaign.

“After all the hate, all the hate that I’ve seen recently, that we’ve all seen, I can’t tell you how much this means to me as a former synagogue president,” Rosen told supporters in Las Vegas.


 

Two of the liberal movement’s greatest hopes, Democrats Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, struggled to overcome some of the most overt racial attacks since the civil rights era and make history as the first black governors in Georgia and Florida, respectively.

Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, while the Georgia race was too close to call. Early Wednesday morning, Abrams told supporters she would not concede to Republican Brian Kemp and warned that their right to vote was on the line.

“In a civilized nation, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere,” Abrams said, alluding to complaints about ballot access and election fairness that have marked her divisive contest with Kemp, who oversees elections as Georgia’s secretary of state. “I'm not going to name names, but some have worked hard to take our voices away.”

Kemp stopped short of declaring victory outright but told supporters, “The math is on our side to win this election.”

If the candidates were to wind up below 50 percent, they would go head-to-head again in a December runoff.

Another Democratic star, Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, lost his spirited challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz (R) despite raising record sums of money and attracting grass-roots support throughout the country.

“All the money in the world was no match for the good people of Texas and the hardworking men and women across our state,” Cruz said in his victory speech.

Midterm elections traditionally are referendums on the party in power, but Trump sought to ensure that this one would be a referendum on his presidency. He told crowds to vote as if he were atop the ballot, warning that his agenda and political movement were at risk, and he made himself the central force with an overwhelming cascade of speeches, media interviews and tweets.

The president returned to his 2016 campaign playbook, delivering fiery speeches that drew massive and enthusiastic crowds but contained a breathtaking barrage of falsehoods, invective and demagoguery. Describing himself in the closing weeks as a “nationalist,” Trump made a caravan of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States a dominant theme.

The Senate results underscored just how much the Republican Party has morphed into the party of Trump. The incoming freshman class of Republicans is made up largely of Trump allies — including Mike Braun in Indiana, Josh Hawley in Missouri and Kevin Cramer in North Dakota — who campaigned effectively as rubber stamps for the president’s agenda and owe their new jobs, at least in part, to his energetic campaigning on their behalf.

“Without him, I don’t think we would have had the night we had,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has transformed himself from one of the president’s sharpest critics into one of his most stalwart defenders, said on Fox News.

An exception is Mitt Romney, who handily won his race for the open Senate seat in Utah, marking a return to the national stage for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee who in 2016 denounced Trump as a “con man” and a “fraud.” Following the death of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and the retirements of Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.), Romney is poised to become the leading GOP counterweight to Trump on Capitol Hill, if he chooses to stand up to the president.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, becomes the first politician in 173 years to serve as governor of one state and then represent another in the Senate. The last to accomplish the feat was Sam Houston, who was Tennessee governor before being elected to the Senate from Texas.

Tuesday’s results were set to transform the House, not only in partisan makeup but also in gender, age and ethnicity. The night marked a series of firsts. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan will become the first Muslim women in the House. Sharice Davids in Kansas and Deb Haaland in New Mexico will become the first Native American women in the chamber. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old from New York, became the youngest woman elected to Congress.

They were part of a wave of female candidates on the Democratic side, including Jennifer Wexton, who easily unseated Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) in a closely watched race in Northern Virginia, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who narrowly defeated Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) in South Florida.

“This resistance began with women and it is being led by women tonight,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who easily won reelection and is widely expected to run for president in 2020.

Democrat Jared Polis in Colorado became the first openly gay man elected governor, while Democrat Janet Mills became the first female governor of Maine and Republican Kristi L. Noem will be the first female governor of South Dakota.

Rep. Mia Love, who was the sole black Republican woman in Congress, was trailing in Utah to Democrat Ben McAdams. Republicans were hoping that Young Kim, a Korean American woman, would win her California race to give the party some additional diversity.

Republican-held districts that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016 provided the backbone of the Democratic efforts to win the House majority. Democratic challengers triumphed in a number of suburban areas, defeating Republican Reps. Mike Coffman in suburban Denver, Kevin Yoder in the Kansas City area and David Brat in the Richmond suburbs, among others.

But the Democratic momentum was not strong enough to carry some prized recruits over the finish line. Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who attracted significant outside funding, lost to Rep. Andy Barr (R) in Kentucky.

 

 

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Sri Lankan doctor among 14 indicted in largest ever US medicare fraud

Posted on 15 July 2017 by admin

 

A United States-based Sri Lankan-origin doctor is among 14 people charged in the Central District of California for allegedly participating in health care fraud schemes. Dr. Kanagasabai Kanakeswaran was indicted late last month on one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks for health care referrals and four counts of receiving kickbacks for health care referrals, the US Department of Justice said. Dr. Kanakeswaran is an internist (general medicine) in Lancaster, California, and is affiliated with Antelope Valley Hospital.

He received his medical degree from the Colombo University’s Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
The owners and operators of a home health company called Star Home Health Resources allegedly paid bribes to physicians, including Dr. Kanakeswaran, to refer Medicare beneficiaries for home health services to Star. As a result of his referrals alone, Star received US$ 4,157,311 from Medicare. This took place from May 2008 to May 2016.

This and other indictments served alongside are being called the largest-ever health care fraud enforcement action by federal prosecutors. The defendants include doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. Hundreds of others have been charged across the US in cases that cumulatively allege about $1.3 billion in false billings.

The nationwide sweep includes charges against more than 120 defendants — some of whom are doctors — who allegedly prescribed and distributed opioids and other dangerous narcotics. The 14 defendants charged in the Central District of California are accused of health care fraud and kickback schemes involving compounded drugs, home health services, physical therapy, acupuncture, Medicare Part D prescription drugs, diagnostic sleep studies and hospice care.

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News Release: Amazon Creates 800 New High Tech Jobs in Ontario

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

It is common knowledge that Amazon.com, commonly known as Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company that was founded on July 5, 1994, by Jeff Bezos and is based in Seattle, Washington. The company has been in the news recently with its takeover of Whole Foods that sent the stock of competing grocery chains plummeting. To understand why, you need to know something much simpler than Amazon's far-reaching ambitions or possible vision for transformation of the grocery industry: Amazon doesn't make any money. Competing with Amazon is terrifying for any existing business because the company's executive team operates on a radical model whereby the company's overall net income is nearly zero quarter after quarter.

QUICK FACTS – AMAZON

  • Amazon opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in 1995 and seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.
  • Amazon Web Services is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform company.
  • Ninety per cent of the jobs at Amazon’s Toronto office will be highly skilled technical positions. With these new positions, Amazon will employ over 2,000 people in Ontario.
  • Amazon joins tech leaders such as Facebook, Thomson Reuters and Shopify in choosing Ontario to do business and develop next-generation technologies.
  • Ontario’s tech sector employs approximately 430,000 people. The province’s Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy builds on the strength of our education system to help prepare people for the technology- and knowledge-based jobs of tomorrow.

 

June 20, 2017

Province’s Innovation Economy Attracts Global Tech Giant to Toronto and Ottawa.

Ontario has secured a significant investment from global technology company Amazon thanks to the province's highly skilled workforce, culture of innovation and competitive business climate.

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne joined leaders from Amazon Canada to officially open the company's new corporate office in Toronto.

Amazon currently employs 600 people at this location and expects to add another 200 positions, including software developers, engineers and programmers. From the Toronto office, these employees will contribute to some of Amazon's highest-priority global technology development projects, including Amazon Fulfillment Technologies, the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant Alexa and Amazon Web Services.

In addition to its corporate office in Toronto, Amazon is creating jobs and opportunities across Ontario by:

  • Operating four fulfillment centres in the province, employing more than 1,600 associates. One of these centres in Brampton is among the most advanced in the world
  • Establishing a software development office in Ottawa, with an exclusive focus on development projects for Amazon Alexa
  • Selecting the University of Waterloo as one of four universities to receive the Alexa Fund Fellowship, a program helping educate students about voice technology and empowering them to create the next big thing.

Ontario will continue to be a global centre for innovation and the development and commercialization of transformative technologies. Key initiatives include expanding access to college and university education by making average tuition free for more than 200,000 students, and increasing our support for next-technology researchers, developers and entrepreneurs through the Business Growth Initiative.

Keeping Ontario at the leading edge of research and innovation is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 


QUICK FACTS

  • Amazon opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in 1995 and seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.
  • Amazon Web Services is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform company.
  • Ninety per cent of the jobs at Amazon’s Toronto office will be highly skilled technical positions. With these new positions, Amazon will employ over 2,000 people in Ontario.
  • Amazon joins tech leaders such as Facebook, Thomson Reuters and Shopify in choosing Ontario to do business and develop next-generation technologies.
  • Ontario’s tech sector employs approximately 430,000 people. The province’s Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy builds on the strength of our education system to help prepare people for the technology- and knowledge-based jobs of tomorrow.

 

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Worldwide Travel Inc. announces special return airfares from Washington DC to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Posted on 06 September 2016 by admin

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Hillary Clinton makes history with Democratic presidential nomination

Posted on 27 July 2016 by admin

US Elections 2016'She always wants to move the ball forward, that is just who she is,' Bill Clinton says.

The Associated Press Posted: Jul 26, 2016 12:13 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM ET (Courtesy).

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention via a live video feed from New York during the second night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters).

Hillary Clinton says Democrats "just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling" on the night of her presidential nomination.

In a brief video appearance near the end of the second night of the convention she offered a message to any of the little girls who stayed up to watch. 

"I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next."

After her historic nomination vote, supporters — ranging from children's advocates to celebrities to other politicians — took the stage one after the other to talk about Clinton's work, particularly for children's causes.

As the night's keynote speaker, Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton, strode onto the stage and launched into a speech about his wife's accomplishments — and his relentless efforts to convince her to marry him.

"The third time was the charm," Clinton said of his repeated proposals.

"I married my best friend. I was still in awe after more than four years of being around her at how smart and strong and loving and caring she was."

The former president's speech at the Democratic National Convention was personal, but also focused on many of the same issues addressed by earlier speakers, emphasizing her focus, drive and her history working on issues like children's rights and voting rights.

"She always wants to move the ball forward, that is just who she is," he said.

He talked about the shift she made when she moved from working as a senator to serving as secretary of state, where she worked for her former primary rival President Barack Obama.

"She put climate change at the centre of our foreign policy, she negotiated the first agreement ever — ever — where China and India officially committed to reduce their emissions," he said, before highlighting her work on women's rights and LGBT rights while she served in that post.

The crowd erupted in cheers as the former president said Clinton is the "best darn change-maker I have ever known."

 

"There are clear, achievable, affordable responses to our challenges," he said Tuesday night. "But we won't get to them if America makes the wrong choice in this election." 

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Michelle Obama was a star of the convention's opening night, making an impassioned case for Hillary Clinton as the only candidate in the presidential race worthy of being a role model for the nation's children. President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden will speak Wednesday, along with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton's new running mate.

'She doesn't build walls around her heart'

Tuesday night's stories about Clinton were being told by a long list of lawmakers, actors like Lena Dunham and America Ferrera, as well as activists on a range of issues, including the "Mothers of the Movement" — several black women who lost children to gun violence or after contact with police.

Clinton has met privately with the mothers and held events with them, and they've become an emotional force for her campaign.

Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, said she was with Clinton because "she is a leader and a mother who will say our children's names." Bland died last year in her cell after being jailed following a traffic stop.

Lucy McBath, Jordan Davis's mother, said that not only did Clinton listen to the mothers as they outlined their problems, she invited them to be part of the solution.

"Hillary Clinton isn't afraid to say that black lives matter, she isn't afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish," McBath said. "She doesn't build walls around her heart."

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, said Clinton "has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers. She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation."

Before the mothers took the stage, with large red flowers pinned on their chests, Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general took the stage, followed by Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay.

Clinton aides believe a focus on policy is another way to rally Sanders supporters, especially those who threatened to stay home or vote for Republican Trump. While the opening night was interrupted by boos and chants of "Bernie," there were fewer signs of discord Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders supports Clinton

Earlier, delegates erupted in cheers as Clinton's primary rival, Bernie Sanders, helped make it official when the roll call got to his home state of Vermont — an important show of unity for a party trying to heal deep divisions.

"I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders declared, asking that it be by acclamation.

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It was a striking parallel to the role Clinton played eight years ago when she stepped to the microphone on the convention floor in support of her former rival, Barack Obama.

The roll call of states was one more opportunity for Sanders supporters to voice their fierce loyalty to the Vermont senator. Sanders sat in the arena soaking in the cheers and waving to the crowd.

The Vermont senator's brother, Larry Sanders, had a chance to speak when the votes for Democrats Abroad were being tallied during the roll call, saying, "It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.

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But the convention belonged to Clinton, who will take on Trump in November.

Her landmark achievement saturated the roll call with emotion and symbols of women's long struggle to break through political barriers. A 102-year-old woman, born before women had the right to vote, cast the ballots for Arizona.

Martha McKenna, a Clinton delegate from Maryland, said the night felt like a celebration for Sanders's campaign as well as Clinton's. But the mother of two young girls said she was most excited to see Clinton officially named.

"The idea that I'm going to be here when the first woman president is nominated is overwhelming," she said

Delegates stand and cheer after formally nominating Clinton. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

With files from CBC News

© The Associated Press, 2016 
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Melania Trump’s speech criticized over similarities to Michelle Obama’s

Posted on 19 July 2016 by admin

 

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Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster).
Erica Werner And Scott Bauer, The Associated Press (Courtesy)
Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016. 

CLEVELAND — One delegate said everyone fell in love with her. Another compared her to Jackie Kennedy.

Melania Trump's star turn at the Republican National Convention Monday night captivated a GOP crowd that had rarely heard from her. But her speech also drew attention after the discovery that two passages matched nearly word-for-word the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention.

The passages in question focused on lessons that Trump's wife says she learned from her parents and the relevance of their lessons in her experience as a mother.

"There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech," Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, said Tuesday morning in a CNN interview. "Certainly, there's no feeling on her part that she did it," he said. "What she did was use words that are common words."

Manafort said Mrs. Trump was aware of "how her speech was going to be scrutinized" and said any notion that she picked up portions of Mrs. Obama's convention talk was "just absurd."

The passages in question came near the beginning of Mrs. Trump's roughly 10-minute speech. Her address was otherwise distinct from the address that Mrs. Obama gave when then-Sen. Barack Obama was being nominated for president.

In Mrs. Trump's speech in Cleveland, she said: "From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life."

In Mrs. Obama's 2008 speech in Denver, she said: "And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them."

Another passage with notable similarities that follows two sentences later in Mrs. Trump's speech addresses her attempts to instil those values in her son.

"We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow," Mrs. Trump said. "Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

In the first lady's 2008 speech, she said, "Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them onto the next generation, because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them."

Trump's campaign initially responded that Mrs. Trump's "immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech." The statement didn't mention Mrs. Obama. "In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Monday.

In an interview with NBC News taped ahead of her convention appearance and posted online early Tuesday, Mrs. Trump said of her speech, "I wrote it." She added that she had "a little help."

On the whole, Mrs. Trump presented a softer and gentler candidate. She said: "He is tough when he has to be, but he is also kind and fair and caring. This kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with."

The Slovenian-born former model, 24 years her husband's junior, also reintroduced herself, showing poise as well as devotion to her adopted country and to her husband's cause. Mrs. Trump, appearing in a striking white dress with elbow-length sleeves ending in big, puffy cuffs, spoke after an uncharacteristically brief introduction from her husband, who kissed her and called her "my wife, an amazing mother, an incredible woman."

Prior to Monday, Mrs. Trump had spoken on her husband's behalf only a few times, and briefly, and her remarks Monday lasted roughly 10 minutes as she spoke slowly in heavily accented English. But afterward delegates were gushing.

"I think she's going to be a great asset. She's just magnificent," said John Salm, a delegate from Virginia. "Honestly she reminds me of Jackie Kennedy."

"I think everybody fell in love with her tonight," said Deedee Kelly, a delegate from Omaha, Nebraska. "She seemed to talk from her heart, she really did."

The 46-year-old made clear her love for her husband, testifying to a softer side of the blustering real estate mogul the country knows. And without dwelling on her own humble upbringing in an industrial town in what was then a part of communist Yugoslavia, she spoke of her family, her sister Ines, her "elegant and hard-working mother Amalia," and her father Viktor, who "instilled in me a passion for business and travel."

"From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say," Mrs. Trump said, adding that she has passed those values to the couple's 10-year-old son, Barron.

Mrs. Trump also gave a hint of what she might try to do as first lady.

"I will use that wonderful privilege to try to help people in our country who need it the most," she said, describing helping children and women as "one of the many causes dear to my heart."

Even as she largely avoided the spotlight prior to Monday, Mrs. Trump briefly became an issue in the race in March, when an anti-Trump super PAC released an ad with a risque photo of her from a GQ magazine photo shoot, showing her handcuffed to a briefcase, lying on a fur blanket.

"Meet Melania Trump. Your Next First Lady," the ad said.

Trump responded by re-tweeting side-by-side images of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's wife, with an unflattering grimace, and Mrs. Trump in a gauzy, glamorous pose.

If Trump were to be elected president, Mrs. Trump would be the only first lady who is the third wife of a president and the first to be born and raised in a communist nation. She wouldn't be the first model — Pat Nixon and Betty Ford both modeled, too. And Louisa Adams, who was born in England, was the first president's wife to be born in another country.

The glitter and glitz of being Donald Trump's wife is a far cry from the sleepy southeastern industrial town of Sevnica, where she was born in 1970 as Melanija Knavs. Her father was a car dealer while her mother worked in a textile factory. The family lived in apartment blocks overlooking a river and smoking factory chimneys.

She found an escape through modeling when she was spotted in the Slovenian capital by a photographer. At age 16, she took modeling jobs in Milan and Paris. She changed her name to Melania Knauss and settled in New York in 1996. Two years later, she met her future husband at a party in Manhattan.

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