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Transcript: Gov. Chris Christie's Convention Speech

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Transcript of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, plus audio and video of the speech.

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The Art of the Convention Speech

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Historically, candidates have used the publicity afforded by the national conventions as an opportunity to define, or to redefine, their campaign to the American public. The Takeaway takes a look back at notable speeches of conventions past.

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Republican National Convention: Day 1 Photos

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Here are some photos taken by The Takeaway Digital Editor Alex Johnson during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Senator Rand Paul on Supporting his Father's Challenger

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Despite the unity a Republican National Convention is intended to garner, some Republicans have decided not to endorse Mitt Romney — including one of his challengers, Ron Paul. So some were surprised when his son, Senator Rand Paul, endorsed the Governor.

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Addressing the Convention: Sher Valenzuela

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Their story has been called the American Dream: a husband and wife team start a moonlight upholstery business in their garage to raise extra money to support their autistic son. Fifteen years later, First State Manufacturing is producing millions in revenue. Sher Valenzuela will share her story with the nation when she addresses the Republican Convention tonight.

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Congressman John Mica on Republican Partisanship and Compromise

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From the Republican National Convention, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich speaks with John Mica, the Republican head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who has represented Florida’s 7th District on the state's east coast since 1993.

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Baratunde Thurston on the Scene in Tampa

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Baratunde Thurston, WNYC special correspondent, author of How to Be Black, and former director of digital at The Onion, talks about the first day of the Republican National Convention and what to expect this week in Tampa.

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The Latino Vote and the GOP

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Also, the GOP says it needs to win 40 percent of the Hispanic vote to win in November. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake looks at whether they’ll get it.

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Herman Cain And His ABCs: He Sees Blacks Turning To The GOP

Monday, August 27, 2012

"A lot of people in this country have not realized or it does not get picked up in the polls [that] some black people can think for themselves," the one-time presidential contender said Monday. And there are more "American Black Conservatives," he said, than most people realize.

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Unlikely Republican National Convention Delegates

Monday, August 27, 2012

While national convention delegates are all united by party, they often differ in regional loyalties, candidate partiality, and issue preferences. We speak to two Republican National Convention delegates who represent demographics more likely to vote Democratic.

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The Agenda: Todd Zwillich and Anna Sale Report from Tampa

Monday, August 27, 2012

With tropical storm Isaac progressing towards hurricane status, the Republican National Convention has condensed the convention to fit into Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Organizers had scheduled one message for each of the four convention days — but with one less day, they'll have to cut one of their messages.

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Craig Unger on the Republican National Convention

Monday, August 27, 2012

Vanity Fair’ contributing editor Craig Unger looks at what we can expect from the convention and the role money will play in this election. He's the author of the forthcoming book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power.

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Anti-Obama Documentary Is a Box Office Hit

Monday, August 27, 2012

An anti-Obama documentary by conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza is set to break box office records.

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At the Republican National Convention

Monday, August 27, 2012

WNYC’s Bob Hennelly gives us an update from the Republican National Convention and what to expect from the party this week.

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Isaac Forces GOP to Scrap First Day of Convention

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday evening to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to a threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaac, churning toward Florida.

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Born to Run: Campaign Earworms

Friday, August 24, 2012

It’s been decades since any political business was hashed out at a national political convention. They’re stage productions, and music is a big part of the image they’re designed to project. At smaller rallies out on the campaign trail, music plays a more mundane but essential role ...

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In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything

Thursday, August 23, 2012

As the party conventions approach, elaborate theatrics on the part of presidential candidates are at the forefront. NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at the ways campaigns frame their candidates to make them stand out like Broadway stars.

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Republicans Look to New Yorkers to Bless Convention

Thursday, August 23, 2012

For its religious blessings during their convention, Republicans are looking to New Yorkers.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will give the benediction after Mitt Romney accepts the nomination, Romney announced on Wednesday. Greek Orthodox Archibishop Demetrios, the leader of the archdiocese based in New York City, will give the benediction after Rep. Paul Ryan accepts the nomination for Vice President on Wednesday night.

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Comparing the Campaigns of 2012 Obama to 2008 Obama

Thursday, August 23, 2012

In 2008, hope and change were Barack Obama's rallying cries, and tens of thousands showed up to hear him speak. The Obama campaign was an almost unparalleled machine, staying on-message with almost zero in-fighting. Today, the Obama campaign more closely resembles a standard presidential re-election team.

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Despite Fact Checks, Romney Escalates Welfare Work Requirement Charge

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of President Clinton's welfare overhaul. Republican Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama has gutted the law — even though every major fact-checking organization says the claims are false.

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