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Storm soaks Charlotte hours before Obama's speech

Sep 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A thunderstorm popped up over the site of the Democratic National Convention about seven hours before President Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech.

Heavy rain started around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, and the National Weather Service issued a lightning advisory for the ...

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Schumer: Jerusalem platform omission a 'mistake'

Sep 6, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's top allies said Thursday that Democrats made a mistake when they omitted from the party platform a reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"It's not that someone had a plan, 'Let's back off the long ...

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Bill Clinton's speech renews talk of Hillary 2016

Sep 6, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton's speech to the Democratic convention served as a high-energy validation of President Barack Obama's policies — and may also have started setting the stage for another White House bid by his wife, Hillary Rodham ...

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Obama rally to add to Iowa rivalry weekend chaos

Sep 6, 2012

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The hotels were completely booked, people from all over the state would be pouring into town and University of Iowa students and the city's police were preparing for one of the biggest weekends of the year.

This was the case even before ...

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Cuomo: White House race a 'gut check' for nation

Sep 6, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called the race for the White House a "gut check election" and offered a stinging indictment of Republican policies on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention.

Cuomo has downplayed any ...

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THE RACE: With Obama speech, home stretch begins

Sep 6, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The hour and the stage belong to President Barack Obama.

After basking in the glow from speeches by First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and fired-up delegates, Obama is stepping forward to make his case for a second term. He'll say progress has ...

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Schumer: Senate should vote soon on Ryan budget

Sep 6, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer says he wants the Senate to vote soon on the Ryan budget to put Republicans, including presidential running mates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, on the defensive.

The New York Democrat told The Associated Press Thursday ...

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Gabby Giffords to give pledge at Dem convention

Sep 6, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention.

Giffords' office confirms she will deliver the pledge Thursday, the final night of the political gathering in Charlotte, N.C.

The Arizona Democrat was shot in 2011 by a ...

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Putin: Russia can work with Romney if elected

Sep 6, 2012

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia can work with Mitt Romney if he's elected U.S. president, even though Romney has called Russia the United States' "No. 1 geopolitical foe."

In an interview broadcast Thursday by the Kremlin-funded Russia Today TV ...

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What to watch at the convention Thursday

Sep 6, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

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 ...

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Obama advisers don't expect big bounce in polls

Sep 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — 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.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe (pluhf) tells ABC's "Good Morning America" he expects ...

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Obama sister, brother-in-law: They haven't changed

Sep 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michelle Obama's brother says the first lady was reluctant to enter politics, but she is thriving as 'mom-in-chief.'

Craig Robinson tells NBC's "Today" his sister wanted a normal childhood for her daughters with the values of education and hard work she grew up with.

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ESSAY: Deconstructing Barack Obama the orator

Sep 6, 2012

By MICHAEL ORESKES, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Barack Obama goes before his convention with a reputation as a great orator.

But is he?

Certainly, there have been moments that soared: his address to the 2004 convention and that moving election night in Chicago. Yet a close look at ...

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Obama uses rallies, speech to woo votes, helpers

Sep 6, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign rallies in battleground states aren't just about winning hearts and minds. They're also about something more practical — courting voters and volunteers.

For more than a year, Obama has used appearances that ...

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Obama, Clinton seal alliance with bow, bear hug

Sep 6, 2012

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — 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 ...

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Obama, party try to put platform flap behind them

Sep 6, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A stirring speech by former President Bill Clinton and a surprise appearance by President Barack Obama unified the Democratic Party just hours after it had been forced to abandon plans for an outdoor pageant and been riven by rushed changes ...

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Politics and truth: Uneasy partners, easy enemies

Sep 6, 2012

By DAVID CRARY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's unprecedented, the experts say: The volume and audacity of distortion, deception and truth-stretching in this year's presidential campaign has political fact-checkers busier than ever in their pursuit of the truth. But whose truth, precisely?

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Clinton in East Timor on democracy push

Sep 6, 2012

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

DILI, East Timor (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised East Timor on Thursday for holding fair elections this year, and said it was up to the government of Asia's newest and poorest nation to decide when and how to seek accountability for ...

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Hilllary Clinton 'anxious' to see husband's speech

Sep 6, 2012

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

DILI, East Timor (AP) — 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 ...

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Democrats change platform to add God, Jerusalem

Sep 5, 2012

By JOSH LEDERMAN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel after President Barack Obama intervened to ...

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