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The Democratic National Convention

Sept. 4 -Sept. 6 in Charlotte, N.C.

WAMU will cover the major stories at the conventions and explain how they effect people living in the D.C. area. Check back regularly for updates.

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DNC 2012 Roundup: Bill Clinton, Dems' Secret Weapon, Makes The Case For Obama

Former President Bill Clinton came to President Obama's defense at the Democratic National Convention last night, wowing the crowd despite a lengthy speech. 

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Van Hollen's Speech Captures DNC Attention

Maryland delegates at the Democratic National Convention are keeping their eyes on Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen who they say is a rising star.


Clinton And Other Dems Did Some Cherry-Picking, Fact Checkers Say

While independent watchdogs aren't slamming Democrats for fudging the facts, they are finding some problems with what was said Wednesday by the former president and others on the convention stage in Charlotte, N.C.

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Convention Night Call-In: DNC Wednesday

Before the prime time speeches at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, host Brian Lehrer heard from reports and analysts including WAMU's Rebecca Blatt.


For Some Black Voters, 2012 Is A Different Story

In 2008, African-Americans turned out in record numbers to help elect America's first black president. Their support remains high, but their enthusiasm is not what it used to be. At the Democratic National Convention, African-Americans reflect on the last four years and why some are not as excited.

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Focus On Gender Gap Misses Deeper Impacts Of Women's Issues

So-called "women's issues" are a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign season so far, but several prominent advocates for women say these issues actually affect most voters.


The Odd Couple: What Clinton Adds For Obama

Once political enemies, President Obama and Bill Clinton have established a partnership that's becoming a cornerstone of the Obama campaign. Clinton exemplifies perhaps the most crucial political gift that Obama seems to lack.

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Analysis: Michelle Obama Shines, O'Malley Makes Rounds At DNC

National Journal's Reid Wilson talks about winners and losers from the first night of the Democratic National Convention, and how a third-party candidate could affect the presidential race in Virginia.


With A Flip Of Her Hair, Julian Castro's 3-Year-Old Becomes A Star

Her Jumbotron antics during her father's keynote address at the DNC, had some joking she should run in 2056.

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At DNC, Kaine Looks To Win Over South For Democrats

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine spoke at yesterday's Democratic National Convention, taking a break from campaigning in his tight Senate race against former Republican Sen. George Allen.