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What happened on the second day of the Democratic National Convention:

• Former president Bill Clinton sought to humanize his wife with a personal, folksy account of his wife's lifetime of public service.

Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for president and will be the first woman to lead a major-party ticket. In a show of unity as a member of Vermont's delegation, Bernie Sanders moved that "Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."

• Many speakers celebrated the history making fact of a woman nominee, and Hillary Clinton appeared at the end of the night via video to say to little girls, "I may be the first woman president. But you're next."

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New interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile has a long history with the Clintons and presidential politics

 (Paul Sancya / AP)
(Paul Sancya / AP)

Following the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, interim party Chair Donna Brazile is taking over some of the duties, including addressing the convention delegates Tuesday night.

She is vice chairwoman of the DNC for voter registration and participation, and will now replace Wasserman Schultz as interim chair through the election.

Over the weekend, as controversy swirled around a trove of leaked internal Democratic Party emails, Brazile tried to calm tensions between Bernie Sanders supporters and those of Hillary Clinton.

Appearing on CNN and ABC, Brazile said she had personally gone to the Sanders campaign to apologize for the emails.

"I think the allegations, the emails, the insensitivity, the stupidity needs to be addressed and we are going to address it," Brazile said.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Brazile called some of the words in the emails "harsh" and "toxic."

Brazile is a veteran Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns since the 1970s, including Bill Clinton's campaigns in 1992 and 1996. 

In 2000, Brazile served as Al Gore's campaign manager

But Brazile has not shied away from straight talk when it comes to the Clintons. In 2008, after Bill Clinton was criticized for attacking Barack Obama as he campaigned for his wife in the heated primary, Brazile cautioned that his statement "sounds like sour grapes" and that the former president "shouldn't take out all his pain on Barack Obama."

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