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Officially, The Convention Has Begun; And The GOP's 'Debt Clocks' Are Running

Republicans called their convention to order, then quickly went into recess. Tropical storm Isaac has interfered with their schedule. They're not wasting time, though, in hitting what will be a familiar theme: That the national debt is soaring.
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Though Small In Number, Protesters Take Aim At Both Parties

Apparently discouraged by the gusty weather, at times there were fewer protesters on the streets of Tampa this morning than there were police officers and journalists. Those who did show up, though, had sharp things to say about Republicans and Democrats.

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Analysis: Isaac's RNC Impacts, Role Of Virginia Republicans At Convention

Thousands of journalists, politicos and Republicans are biding their time in Tampa, Fla. as they wait out a delay of the Republican National Convention caused by Tropical Storm Isaac.

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Conventions: The 'First Date' That Lasts For Days

It's been many years since political conventions offered any real drama or suspense. Still, they're a nonpareil opportunity for partisans to unite and try to win over voters who are largely uninterested in the parties.

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Romney Campaign Not Giving Up On Black Vote

All eyes are on Tampa as Republicans get together to fire up their base, and attract independents to the fold. But one poll shows Mitt Romney with zero percent of African-Americans supporting him. Host Michel Martin discusses outreach to black voters with Tara Wall. She's a senior communications adviser with the Mitt Romney for President campaign.
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McConnell's Message: On The Budget, The 'Missing Person Was The President'

The trash-talking continues when it comes to who's responsible for the nation's soaring budget deficits.
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Party Time At The Conventions

Across Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., art museums and aquariums are morphing into entertainment venues. We explore how the two parties party at the RNC and DNC.

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As Conventions Begin, Where Is The U.S. Economy?

When the political conventions were kicking off in 2008, the direction of the U.S. economy was clear: down. The state of the 2012 economy will provide Republicans and Democrats with much to debate.

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