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What The Democrats' Do-Over Really Says About Party Platforms

Democrats had to make some hasty and awkward changes to their 2012 platform. The GOP platform passed smoothly but contains some controversial language. Important as it is to set down in writing what a political party believes in, it has become increasingly verboten to talk about it too publicly. There are two big reasons why.

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Alaska Zoo Holds Election For Honorary President

Alaska does not have a candidate for vice president this election year, but Alaskans still have a vote. They can choose between a grey wolf and a polar bear for honorary president. People vote by paying $1 which benefits the zoo.
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Campaign Uses Convention To Spread Obama's Vision

Steve Inskeep talks to Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager of the Obama Campaign, about preparations for the fall presidential campaign and how the state of the economy will affect the debate.
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L.A.'s Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Halted For Now

Thursday was supposed to mark the end of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. But a petition drive and legal challenges have stymied the city in its effort to shut down the hundreds of pot shops within its borders.
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Mass. Prison Reviews Court's Transgender Ruling

Massachusetts Prison officials say they are still going over a federal court decision ordering them to provide sex change surgery to a prison inmate. Critics are urging officials to appeal what they call an "outrageous abuse of taxpayer funds." The decision reflects a national trend of treating gender identity disorder as a legitimate medical condition deserving treatment like any other.
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First Lady Urges Delegates To Round Up Voters

Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she made the rounds in Charlotte, N.C. talking to groups of delegates. The way to fight back, she said, was for delegates to step up their person-to-person ground game aimed at winning more votes for her husband.
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Bill Clinton Captivates Delegates, Nominates Obama

On the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., former President Bill Clinton made a rousing case for President Barack Obama to be re-elected to a second term. Clinton went through all the GOP arguments — answering each charge.
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N.J. Mayor Booker Backs Democratic Party Platform

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., presented the Democratic Party platform this week at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. Booker tells Steve Inskeep the economy is in a much better place than it was four years ago when Barack Obama first ran for president.

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