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Michelle Obama: 'Being President ... Reveals Who You Are'

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Largely wrung of politics, the first lady's speech plotted parallels in her life and that of her husband, President Obama. She pointedly tracked their humble beginnings and strivings in an unspoken but clear contrast to the privileged upbringing of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Transcript: Michelle Obama's Convention Speech

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Transcript of first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Some Black Leaders Say Dream Realized, Focus Now On Work

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

At a gathering of black state legislators at the Democratic National Convention, some attendees say the historic nature of 2008 has given way to economic concerns in 2012.

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Are You Better Off? That's The Question As Democrats Gather

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

When Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland answered "no," Republicans jumped on the comment. Vice President Biden weighed in, saying the answer's yes because "bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive." Expect much more to be said.

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Occupy Plans Resurgence At Democratic Convention

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Occupy Wall Street says it will protest at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week as a run-up to mass demonstrations planned for its Sept. 17 anniversary.

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Eastwood And His Chair Not Only Entertainers On The Trail

Friday, August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney has Clint Eastwood and that now-famous empty chair on his side. But the Republican presidential nominee isn't the only one getting entertainment industry shoutouts this week.

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Fact Checkers Ding Romney On A Few Familiar Points

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Republican presidential nominee is being faulted for saying President Obama went on an "apology tour" and for things he claimed about Obama's tax and Medicare policies. But overall, independent fact checkers aren't finding many problems.

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Israel Finds Itself A Partisan Election Issue In U.S.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The country has featured prominently in past campaigns, but observers say it's different this time. The shift is partially attributed to the GOP's aggressive courting of the Jewish vote and the Israeli government's perceived taking of sides, a charge it denies.

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Transcript: Mitt Romney's Acceptance Speech

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Transcript of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech as prepared for delivery at the Republican National Convention.

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Fact Checkers Say Some Of Ryan's Claims Don't Add Up

Thursday, August 30, 2012

On Medicare, the stimulus and a story about the GM plant in his hometown, the GOP vice presidential nominee got some facts wrong, according to the news outlets and nonpartisan watchdogs that parse politicians' words.

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Transcript: Rep. Paul Ryan's Convention Speech

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Transcript of vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention.

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Is Clint Eastwood Going To Make Mitt Romney's Day?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

There's still a "mystery speaker" on the schedule for Thursday night. A report that Dirty Harry is headed to Tampa has set off speculation that he'll be taking the stage.

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Ann Romney Delivers: 'She May Have Privilege, But She Understands'

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The speech, the experts and pundits proclaimed, needed to humanize Mitt Romney. But it also served as a vehicle to humanize her, a woman of great attractiveness and expensive polish touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.

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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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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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What Does Mormon Food Culture Say About Mitt Romney?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mormon food culture comes from spiritual teachings and the pioneering ways of a new religion in a new country as it evolved westward. Knowing more about it may provide some insights into the personal beliefs of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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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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Will Tropical Storm Isaac Blow The GOP Convention Off Course?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Republicans will have to rewrite their script if the storm, which is forecast to hit hurricane strength, stays on course to hit Tampa on Monday. That's the first scheduled day of the party's nominating convention.

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SEAL's Book On Bin Laden Raid, Woodward Book On Obama Due Sept. 11

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The SEAL's book claims to be an inside account of the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. Woodward's book will focus on the efforts of the Obama administration and Congress to get the economy going.

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Isaac Could Be A Hurricane By Friday; Florida And GOP Convention Brace

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The tropical storm is expected to hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Friday and could be a hurricane by then. Its track then could take it over Florida and up toward Tampa, where tens of thousands are gathering to nominate Mitt Romney.

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