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The final day of the Democratic National Convention is over:

In her acceptance speech Hillary Clinton says the nation is facing a "moment of reckoning" but "we are not afraid."

Read the transcript.

• This week's speakers have largely sought to contrast a message of optimism with what they've called the dark, divisive vision of America offered by Donald Trump and the Republicans.

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The highlights from DNC night No. 3

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords speaking at the DNC Wednesday. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords speaking at the DNC Wednesday. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

If you only tuned in Wednesday night for the Biden and Obama speeches, you missed some gems.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took the stage, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid took the gloves off, Donald Trump got roasted, and California got its moment to shine.

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