A TIME Gala and An Exclusive

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Rihanna Sang. His eminence cardinal Timothy Dolan toasted the Prince of Peace. Stephen Colbert roasted the Cardinal. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, paid tribute to his mother, who worked as a maid and taught him the value of education. Psychologist Barbara Van Dahlen paid tribute to her father, who inspired her to help military veterans. And our keynote speaker, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, talked about a new paradigm for American power in the 21st century. "America's global leadership is not a birthright," she said. "It must be earned by each successive generation." All of that...

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