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  • Absent from convention, Schneider ‘focused on the district’ Sep 6, 2012 9:00 PM
    The 10th Congressional District has been called the most Democratic-leaning district in the nation that's now held by a Republican. Yet, Illinois delegates leave the Democratic National Convention today without having seen 10th District candidate Brad Schneider. He stayed in Illinois, opting to host local parties to watch President Barack Obama's speech Thursday night.

  • Longoria promises ‘no empty chairs’ at convention Sep 6, 2012 8:24 PM
    Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint Eastwood's speech to Republicans. Longoria tells NBC's "Today" there will be no empty chairs.

  • Wisconsin’s Baldwin gets prime-time slot at convention Sep 6, 2012 11:14 AM
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin gets a chance to raise her profile and make her case against Republican Tommy Thompson during a prime-time speaking slot at her party’s national convention. Baldwin is slated to speak Thursday night in the 7 p.m. hour, shortly before President Barack Obama takes the stage. It’s a high-profile slot in a race that could help determine whether Democrats maintain majority control of the Senate. Polls show Thompson, the former four-term governor, with a lead over Baldwin, who has been in Congress since 1999. Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008, but polls show the race is much tighter this year against Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin native Paul Ryan.

  • Obama advisers don’t expect big bounce in polls Sep 6, 2012 11:14 AM
    President Barack Obama will lay out his vision for a second term, even as advisers say they don't anticipate a big bounce in the polls following the Democratic National Convention.

  • Durbin introduces Obama once again Sep 6, 2012 11:03 PM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin took the Democratic National Convention stage Thursday night as one of President Barack Obama's biggest and earliest political backers, introducing his fellow Illinois Democrat to a Charlotte crowd and asking them to re-elect the man he mentored. "President Obama, your values, your courage, your vision for justice are still worth fighting for," Durbin told the crowd.

  • Obama to sketch path forward after Clinton pitch Sep 6, 2012 10:48 AM
    President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation on Thursday for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing his way in a tight election but to put fire in the belly of his supporters. Obama senior adviser David Plouffe promised the president would give voters "a very clear sense of where he thinks the country needs to go economically, the path we need to take."

  • Obama speech about job security — for him, for all Sep 6, 2012 12:50 PM
    To a nation short on job security, President Barack Obama has his night to protect his own. Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday will be about promise — the kind he'll say he has kept, and the kind of feeling he wants to stir once more.

  • Designer to rush production of first lady’s dress Sep 6, 2012 10:48 AM
    Want a dress like the one first lady Michelle Obama wore at the Democratic convention? Designer Tracy Reese says she's rushing to make dresses.

  • What to watch at the convention Thursday Sep 6, 2012 9:36 AM
    Some things to watch for at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday: 1. WHAT WILL OBAMA SAY? Will the president give voters some specifics about his plans for a second term? Also, as he wraps up three days of Democrats assailing Mitt Romney, watch to see whether Barack Obama piles on or strives for a more positive, inspirational tone. 2. EYES ON BIDEN: The vice president’s known for bouts of foot-in-mouth disease, and Republicans have been gleefully pouncing on his lapses. Most recently, Joe Biden told an audience including hundreds of African-Americans that Mitt Romney’s plans would put them “back in chains.” It’s unlikely that Biden will venture off script, however, for a moment as big as his acceptance speech. 3. SPINNING CLINTON: Bill Clinton laid out the convention’s most forceful case so far for re-electing Barack Obama, leading Democratic delegates into a frenzy of appreciation Wednesday night. No doubt Republicans watching from afar saw it differently. What will the GOP say to deflate the case laid out by the former president? 4. THE OBAMA GIRLS: They’re growing up before the nation’s eyes. See how much Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, have changed since they were wide-eyed girls on the convention stage for the first time four years ago. 5. NO BALLOONS: And no big stadium. With a chance of rain in the forecast, Democrats have moved their finale inside. Since the final day was originally planned as an outdoor event, there aren’t any balloons waiting to drop in the convention hall. What will organizers come up with to give the convention a properly celebratory finish?

  • Warren calls Obama a fighter for middle class Sep 6, 2012 1:18 AM
    Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said President Barack Obama is a fighter for the middle class. And she slammed his Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, as someone who wants to cut taxes for the rich and big corporations.

  • Fact check: Clinton claims of compromise a stretch Sep 6, 2012 6:26 PM
    When former President Bill Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, he portrayed President Barack Obama as a pragmatic compromiser who has been stymied at every turn by Republicans. There was no mention of the role that the president and the Democrats have played in grinding compromise to a halt on some of the most important issues facing the country.

  • Highlights of Bill Clinton’s speech Sep 6, 2012 1:14 AM
    Bill Clinton said President Barack Obama inherited a much weaker economy than he did when he took office in 1993. No president could have repaired the damage in just four years, he said. "But conditions are improving, and if you'll renew the president's contract you will feel it," Clinton said.

  • Clinton bows to Obama? And they hug? Sep 6, 2012 1:19 AM
    Barack Obama and Bill Clinton sealed their political alliance with a bow and a bear hug. It didn't last long, but Obama and Clinton's center stage moment Wednesday showed signs of what was once unthinkable for the former rivals. The two presidents seem to actually like each other.

  • Hilllary Clinton ‘anxious’ to see husband’s speech Sep 6, 2012 12:49 AM
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton missed her husband's speech to the Democratic National Convention but got a preview of the address in the days before former President Bill Clinton delivered it. Mrs. Clinton says her husband read parts of his speech to her and adds that she's anxious to compare the prepared text to his performance.

  • Mike in Charlotte: Durbin once again to pave way for Obama’s speech Sep 6, 2012 5:08 AM
    On some of the biggest days of President Barack Obama's political life, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has spoken first. The Illinois Democrat introduced Obama at the 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions. Durbin is scheduled to speak at the Democratic convention today, before Obama accepts his nomination for re-election. "He's had pretty good luck when I'm on the program right before him," Durbin said from Charlotte.

  • Convention can be profitable for small businesses Sep 6, 2012 8:17 AM
    For entrepreneurs outside the Democratic National Convention, the easy part may be the hours of smoking meat, screen-printing T-shirts or pumping out pedicab rides. Those small business owners have needed a balance of patience and scrappiness to negotiate a series of physical and bureaucratic barriers for a share of the $200 million visitors are expected to spend this week in Charlotte. But the hustle pays off when they're able to make a big score, such as selling $10,000 in barbecue sandwiches in one day.

  • A conventional love affair for stars, Democrats Sep 6, 2012 9:43 PM
    Clint Eastwood's oddball GOP convention monologue didn't sit well, but Democrats proved they know how to exploit their unabashed love affair with Hollywood.

  • Giffords inspires crowd at Democratic convention Sep 7, 2012 1:10 AM
    Gabrielle Giffords has inspired the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Ryan says Obama fell ‘woefully short’ as president Sep 6, 2012 7:05 PM
    President Barack Obama has broken too many promises to earn a second term and four more years under his leadership could leave America as a "welfare state with a debt crisis," Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Thursday.

  • New Romney ad uses Clinton’s words against Obama Sep 6, 2012 6:56 PM
    A new television ad from Mitt Romney's campaign is using Bill Clinton's words against President Barack Obama.

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