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Earlier today, Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech, bringing the 2016 presidential election to a close.

It was a speech few people thought she would have to make. Every poll and projection imaginable had her winning the election handily, and the Javits Convention Center, which was supposed to be the site of her victory party, instead slowly transformed into a site of tears and shock.

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For many, Clinton's campaign represented a light of progress for women and other marginalized groups, and her defeat represented that light being snuffed out. There were tears in every corner.

But despite all that, Clinton delivered a classy-as-hell speech that this divided nation needed to hear.

Her speech contained a message of unity, hope, and love for an America of opportunity and fairness.

"This is not the outcome we wanted or worked so hard for," Clinton began. "And I'm sorry that we did not win this election."

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Clinton thanked her family and campaign staff, and she talked about the need for hope and cooperation.

"I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too," she said.

"This is painful and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or one election. It was about the country we love and about building an America that's hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.

I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it."

She noted that her career has seen many successes and failures, encouraging young people to continue to fight for the things they believe in.

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"This loss hurts," she said. "But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. ... To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion."

Whether you were a Hillary supporter or not, today's news just doesn't feel good.

It seems like the country has drawn a pretty deep line in the sand. Whatever side you're on, it still feels like it's "us" versus "them."

But one thing has become abundantly clear: The hard and historic work of the Clinton campaign has left a mark on an entire generation of people.

She's inspired millions of young women and girls who might one day want to be president. She stood up for the marginalized and the oppressed and fought with dignity, respect, and patriotism.

For all that and more, she deserves thanks.

Moving on is going to be difficult, but as Hillary said, it's the only choice we have.

We can disagree and we can argue and debate. But we have to recognize that progress only happens when we work together.

If Hillary Clinton, who just went through one of the most shocking and devastating losses in modern presidential history, can make a strong, hopeful concession speech about unity, then maybe we can all search deep within ourselves and find a similar sentiment.

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"I still believe as deeply as I ever have," Clinton said, "that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us."

We are still stronger together.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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