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It's All Politics
5:36 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Live Blog: Wednesday At The Democratic National Convention

The second night of the Democratic National Convention focused heavily on the economy. Supporters and delegates cheered loudly for United Auto Workers President Bob King.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 10:24 am

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Hello from Charlotte, N.C. Today is all about Bill Clinton.

Walking around Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, the former president was the talk of the town. Today marks the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

We're in the arena and we'll keep tabs on the proceedings. Make sure you refresh this page to see the latest.

Update at 11:25 p.m. ET. A Wonky Speech, With A Clinton Delivery:

The night ended with President Obama taking the stage, once President Clinton finished his speech.

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Election
10:19 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Tulsa Congressional Hopeful Won't Release Tax Info

John Olson (d)-Jim Bridenstine (r)
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District says he won't release copies of back tax returns, or his military and academic records as his Democratic opponent has recently done.

A spokesman for Republican Jim Bridenstine says the candidate has an exemplary record and has already filed the required statements of financial interest with the U.S. House Committee on Ethics.

It's All Politics
4:31 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Live Blog: Tuesday At The Democratic National Convention

A general view of the start of Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 11:56 pm

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Good evening from Charlotte, N.C., where Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz gaveled the convention to order promptly at 5 p.m. ET. in Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena.

Schultz, who is also the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said that throughout the next three days, "we will demonstrate we need to keep President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden four more years."

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It's All Politics
2:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

For Democrats, Batting Last May Offer An Edge But No Guarantee

The Obama campaign logo hangs from the ceiling inside Time Warner Cable Arena at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 3:51 pm

Any sandlot ballplayer knows the value of batting last in baseball, but what is the value of doing the same when you're running for president of the United States?

It has long been a tradition of our presidential election system that the party in the White House holds its nominating convention after the opposition party. It is as though the challenger gets to make a case, and the reigning champion gets to respond.

Tonight we will commence the response portion of that program.

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It's All Politics
2:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

It's No Secret: Democrats Look To Women For Votes

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 2:14 pm

He may not declare out loud, like Ann Romney, that he loves women. But President Obama certainly needs them.

Obama's slight lead in national polls is almost entirely attributable to his support among women. It's an advantage Democrats intend to press throughout their convention this week in Charlotte, N.C.

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Political Junkie
1:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Memorable Moments From Democratic Conventions Of The Past

V ice President Joe Biden, left, and President Obama embrace following Biden's vice-presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 9:31 am

Perhaps, when they think back to the Republican convention of 2012, it will be Clint Eastwood and his friend, the chair, that people will remember most.

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Election
1:50 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

NPR Live Chat: Democratic National Convention

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Democratic National Convention Day 3 - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democratic National Convention Day 2 - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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1:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Mickey Edwards On Democracy's 'Cancer'

Mickey Edwards served as a Republican congressman for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District from 1977 to 1993.
Gia Regan Yale University Press

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 1:48 pm

In his 16 years in Congress, Republican Mickey Edwards came to a strong conclusion: Political parties are the "cancer at the heart of our democracy," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

In his new book, The Parties Versus the People, the former Republican congressman from Oklahoma details how party leaders have too much control over who runs for office, what bills make it to the floor and how lawmakers vote.

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Election
11:05 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Tulsa Delegate Excited about the DNC

DNC Delegate Judy Eason McIntyre
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As the Democratic National Convention gets under way in North Carolina, a Tulsa delegate is pumped. This is the first convention, as a delegate, for long time Democrat activist and Oklahoma State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre. She is excited to be in Charlotte.

Eason-McIntyre: “I have been working in Oklahoma Democratic politics since 1969 when I was a pup. I am now a senior citizen. This is the first time I have ever been a delegate. It is like Christmas, Halloween, summertime all wrapped together for me.”

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It's All Politics
5:57 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Live Blog: Thursday At The Republican Convention

The Republican ticket: Mitt Romney (left) and Rep. Paul Ryan wave as the 2012 Republican National Convention winds up Thursday in Tampa, Fla. Romney accepted the party's presidential nomination. Ryan is his running mate.
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Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:49 am

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Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination tonight and told the nation that if he's elected he will end the four years of "disappointment and division" brought upon America by President Obama.

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," Romney said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn't something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something."

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