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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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The Democrats' Most Interesting Man: Bill Clinton In A Word ... Or Five

We asked a simple question of Democratic convention-goers: "We say Bill Clinton; you say?"
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Speechwriters Offer Advice To Obama For Thursday

Thursday, President Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. NPR's Ken Rudin, former Clinton White House speechwriter Paul Glastris and former Reagan White House speechwriter Peter Robinson talk about what the president should say to make his case for reelection.
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The Political Junkie Recaps The DNC So Far

Democrats kicked off their convention with first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro. NPR's Ken Rudin and Democratic Chair Emeritus and former governor Howard Dean talk about the convention and what the president should say Thursday.
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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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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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In 1972, Davis Blazed Party Trail On Gay Rights

The Democratic Party has became the first major political party to include same-sex marriage rights in its platform. Back in 1972, Madeline Davis argued for the party to embrace gay rights, the first time it was brought up in a major party platform debate. Davis discusses the evolution of the gay rights movement with host Michel Martin.

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