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Bill Clinton Touted By Both Dems and Republicans

Former President Bill Clinton is set to speak Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Delegates and officials talk about what they hope to hear from Clinton and what his role is in the party.
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Eva Longoria Offers DNC A Bridge To Latino Voters

Actress Eva Longoria has taken a large role in the Obama campaign and is scheduled speak at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.
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Shuttle Endeavour's Trip To L.A. May Cause 400 Trees To Be Cut Down

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final trip next month, to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. But at 78 feet wide, Endeavour can't squeeze through highway overpasses. So its planned 12-mile route must be cleared of trees in the medians and sidewalks.
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The Conventions' Version Of Reality TV

In recent years, there's been a growing tendency for parties to offer convention speaking slots to ordinary Americans. Their testimonials might be more effective at conveying the benefits of various policies than claims from politicians themselves.
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Thinking Harvard? Ranking System Says Think Again

Washington Monthly magazine is out with a new list of college rankings — and the usual suspects aren't at the head of the class. Host Michel Martin finds out why schools like Texas A&M University are beating out Harvard and Stanford. She speaks with editor Paul Glastris.
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Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Thinks Local At DNC

The Democratic convention has put a spotlight on national politics. But for the nation's mayors, all politics is local. Host Michel Martin speaks with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He talks about the challenges facing American cities.
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Democrats Pulling No Punches At GOP Rivals

The Democratic National Convention kicked off Tuesday with speeches from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama. Host Michel Martin discusses how the opening night might have been received by women and Latino voters. She checks in with Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.

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