Convention Articles

The Perfect Venue

11:08 AM, Apr 23, 2014

The political conventions will be coming in the summer of 2016 and the parties must choose locations for the festivities.

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Target: NRA

Caught in the media’s crosshairs.
May 20, 2013


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$10 Million Payday for DNC from Energy Corporation

9:01 AM, Mar 01, 2013

Today is a good day for the Democratic National Committee. Duke Energy, which helped bankroll the Democratic convention in Charlotte last year with a $10 million loan, announced it would forgive the Democratic party of its massive debt.

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Former Obama Czar on Granholm's DNC Speech: 'Must Have Had Some Medications or Something in Her System'

10:08 AM, Oct 02, 2012

Former Obama administration official Steven Rattner said on MSNBC that Jennifer Granholm "must have had some medications or something in her system" when she addressed the Democratic convention last month:

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Obama Politicizes Bin Laden Raid, Again

11:05 AM, Sep 07, 2012

During his acceptance speech last night, President Obama claimed, “I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have.”

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Granholm's Oddball Performance

6:10 AM, Sep 07, 2012

Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm's high-powered, fist-pumping speech to the Democratic convention Thursday night has some calling her the "breakout star" of the evening.

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Biden Will Not Speak During Prime Time

11:41 AM, Sep 06, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden will not be speaking during prime time. The New York Times reports: 

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Clinton Delivers Bang-Up Address

12:40 AM, Sep 06, 2012

In his fondest dreams, President Obama couldn’t have imagined getting any more from Bill Clinton than he did last night at the Democratic convention. Rather than pull Obama toward his centrist policies, Clinton embraced Obama’s hyper-liberalism—at least for one night.

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The Numbers Clinton Ignored

11:55 PM, Sep 05, 2012

In his speech Wednesday night, Bill Clinton said, "President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. No president—not me or any of my predecessors—could have repaired all the damage in just four years."

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Dem. Platform Now at Odds With Obama's Israel Policy

8:39 PM, Sep 05, 2012

An Obama campaign official confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that President Obama “personally” intervened to alter the Democratic platform to include a reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The new platform, adopted this evening at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, now includes pro-Israel language that the previous document did not.

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HuffPo: 'Obama Personally Intervened to Strenghen the Language'

5:09 PM, Sep 05, 2012

The Huffington Post reports that President Obama "personally intervened" to get the Democratic platform to include pro-Israel language and to include a reference to "God."

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The Incredible Shrinking Acceptance Speech

The forecast in Charlotte is cloudy, with a strong chance of empty seats.
2:00 PM, Sep 05, 2012

CHARLOTTE—It's been raining every afternoon here during the Democratic convention, but from talking to the locals here in Carolina, short afternoon showers are pretty common this time of year. One imagines that way back when Democrats booked the 74,000 seat Bank of America stadium for Obama's acceptance speech, someone did the due diligence to inquire what the weather might be like in Charlotte this time of year. The possibility of rain must have been considered.

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One Night, Two Conventions

12:35 AM, Sep 05, 2012

In the hours before network TV broadcast the Democratic National Convention to millions of Americans, the convention was shaping up to be a rip-roaring abortion jamboree.

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Dem. Keynote Speaker a Beneficiary of Bain Capital, Refuses to Release Tax Returns

5:18 PM, Sep 04, 2012

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is giving a keynote address tonight at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, is a beneficiary of Bain Capital, the private equity firm Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney helped create.

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GM Reports Good News on First Day of Dem. Convention

1:07 PM, Sep 04, 2012

Today is the first day of the Democratic convention in Charlotte. Coincidentally, GM, the embattled car company that was bailed out by the federal government, has some good news to report.

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Bouncing Along

9:35 AM, Sep 04, 2012

Was there a GOP convention bounce? The better question may be, was there a VP/convention bounce? The VP choice and the convention have normally been back to back, often making the two in effect one event, with one bounce. This year Romney announced Ryan more than two weeks before the convention. So the best way to see whether the GOP ticket has enjoyed an overall bounce is probably by comparing the race today to where the race was on August 11.

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Special Report Panel on Clinton vs. Obama

5:01 AM, Sep 04, 2012

Fred Barnes, with Tucker Carlson, Jeff Zeleny, and Kirsten Powers, last night on Fox News: 

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What to Watch for in Charlotte

6:01 AM, Sep 03, 2012

At the official kickoff of his reelection campaign, President Obama offered a tacit (although unintended) admission of four years of failure, declaring, "We have to move forward, to the future we imagined in 2008. ... That’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States."  This peculiar yet revealing emphasis on the future, the past, and the imaginary neglects only two things:  the present and reality.  Lacking laudable achievements to tout in the present, Obama wants voters to focus on the future they imagined in the past.

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Specious Democratic Talking Points

3:45 PM, Sep 02, 2012

President Obama's top strategist, David Axelrod, said today on Fox News Sunday that, under Obama, we've had "29 straight months of job growth." Yet, according to the federal government's own figures, 29 months ago, 58.5 percent of Americans were employed. Today, only 58.4 percent of Americans are employed. In other words, any job growth over the past 29 months hasn't even kept up with population growth.

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Protesters Promise Big Crowds in Charlotte

10:10 AM, Sep 01, 2012

The Charlotte Observer reports that big protests and rallies are expected in Charlotte:

"Protesters planning rallies and marches in Charlotte say their actions during the Democratic National Convention will likely dwarf those in Tampa, where thousands of demonstrators were expected but only hundreds showed up to the rain-drenched Republican National Convention.

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Romney Aces Convention Test

1:30 AM, Aug 31, 2012

A few hours before Mitt Romney spoke to the Republican convention last night, his campaign did something clever. It’s normal procedure before a major speech is to release excerpts so the evening TV news shows can preview the address. The Romney team did so, only these excerpts were dull and uninteresting.

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Romney: 'My Country Deserves Better!'

5:00 PM, Aug 30, 2012

Here are excerpts of the remarks Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to deliver this evening in Tampa, Florida:

Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.

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Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Republican Convention Address

4:33 PM, Aug 30, 2012

Here are the remarks Marco Rubio plans to deliver this evening at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida:

In 1980, I watched my first Republican Convention with my grandfather.

He was born to a farming family in rural Cuba. Childhood polio left him permanently disabled.

Because he couldn’t work the farm, his family sent him to school, and he became the only one in the family who could read.

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Video: Condoleezza Rice's Speech

10:28 AM, Aug 30, 2012

Here's video of Condoleezza Rice's address last night at the Republican convention:

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Video: Paul Ryan's Speech

8:12 AM, Aug 30, 2012

Here's video of Paul Ryan's address last night at the Republican convention:

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Ryan: 'After Four Years of Getting the Run-Around, America Needs a Turnaround'

5:00 PM, Aug 29, 2012

Excerpts released by the Romney campaign from Paul Ryan's address tonight to Republican convention in Tampa, Florida:

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The Man Who Wasn't There

2:40 PM, Aug 29, 2012

During the primetime speeches last night by Ann Romney and Chris Christie, something peculiar did not happen. Barack Obama’s name was not mentioned. Why?

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The Rabbi and the Governor

11:10 PM, Aug 28, 2012

The first day of the Republican convention had two highlights, one at its beginning, one at its end.

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Chris Christie's Republican Convention Address

9:39 PM, Aug 28, 2012

Here are New Jersey governor Chris Christie's remarks at the Republican convention, as prepared for delivery:

This stage and this moment are very improbable for me.  

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