The Democratic National Convention is a chance for President Obama to fire up his base, reach out to independent voters and try to erase the messages put out last week at the Republican convention. The horse race, meanwhile, is stuck where its been for months: Romney and Obama are tied with any lead well within the margin of error.
As the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, N.C., the economy is expected to be a central theme. The event is bookended by Monday's Labor Day celebrations and Friday's release of the latest monthly numbers on jobs.
President Obama celebrated Labor Day in Ohio with unionized auto workers — many of whom say they owe their jobs to the federal government's rescue of Chrysler and General Motors. The president also took some time out from politicking to visit a flood-damaged area in Louisiana that was hard hit by Hurricane Isaac.
Steve Inskeep talks to Bob Murphy, mayor of Lakewood, Colo., about voters' concerns. Thousands of people there have jobs related to the government. Lakewood is in Jefferson County, a swing county, where the population is evenly divided among Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
Julian Castro will deliver the keynote address Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. The San Antonio mayor, 37, draws comparisons to President Obama and has been called the new face of the party. He'll be introduced by this twin, Joaquin, a state legislator.
A typically slow Labor Day weekend ended a summer that failed to live up to Hollywood's expectations. The number of movie tickets sold this summer was about 533 million, down 4 percent from 2011 and the lowest since an industry analyst began compiling summer figures 20 years ago.
Tens of thousands of people remained without electricity in Louisiana and Mississippi Monday, six days after Hurricane Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some areas under water. The large, slow-moving storm also forced many oil and gas refineries to cease or cut production.
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