Elections 2012

Crisis In The Housing Market
2:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Democratic Convention Draws Troubled Homeowners

David Sole rode a bus from Detroit to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., to protest how the Obama administration and the nation's banks have handled the foreclosure crisis.
Yuki Noguchi NPR

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 4:03 pm

Charlotte, N.C., host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, is the nation's biggest financial center outside of New York. But Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County have the highest foreclosure rates in the state, and many thousands of homeowners owe more on their homes than the properties are worth.

As thousands of Democrats converge in Charlotte for the convention, some troubled homeowners have also gathered, lamenting that the foreclosure crisis has not been sufficiently front and center in the presidential campaign.

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Election 2012
2:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

For Some Black Voters, 2012 Is A Different Story

Attendees of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., pray during the invocation. Support for President Obama has remained high for some black voters at the DNC, but enthusiasm for him has waned.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:28 pm

Four years ago black voters threw all their might behind sending Barack Obama to the White House. Today, their support remains high but their enthusiasm is not what it used to be.

And at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., some blacks who voted for Obama are not nearly as excited as they were in 2008.

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It's All Politics
2:33 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Democrats Vote To Restore 2008 Platform Language On Jerusalem

Musician Branford Marsalis performs the national anthem as the West Charlotte High School ROTC present the colors during Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 5:33 am

What's usually a formality turned a bit dramatic today at the opening of the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

A motion for a voice vote to amend the party platform to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel — and to reinsert the word "God" into the document — was met with many delegates shouting "no" and with loud boos when the motion was deemed to have passed.

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Presidential Race
1:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Michelle Obama's DNC Speech Met With Rave Reviews

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 2:56 pm

First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday that was met by thunderous applause, emotional tears, and rave reviews.

NPR Story
1:12 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Bill Clinton Touted By Both Dems and Republicans

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 10:39 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

NPR's Debbie Elliott was on the convention floor last night, and she reports the sentiment there seems to be that a speech from the Comeback Kid will be a shot in the arm for Democrats.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: To get a preview of what delegates are anticipating from President Clinton tonight, I climbed high above the convention floor to find his home state delegation.

DEBBIE WILLHITE: Hello. How are you? Welcome to Arkansas.

ELLIOTT: Thank you.

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NPR Story
1:12 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Obama's DNC Acceptance Speech Downsized

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 5:33 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block.

And we begin this hour with politics. It's day two of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tonight's headliner is former President Bill Clinton. And we have our own headliner, NPR's Mara Liasson, who's joining us from Charlotte with a look ahead. Hey, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Melissa.

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It's All Politics
12:41 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

The Conventions' Version Of Reality TV

They've been all over the political conventions this year — not just politicians, but "real people."

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Presidential Race
11:13 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Political Junkie Recaps The DNC So Far

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:35 am

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The forecast drives the Dems back indoors, a wildcard on the presidential ballot in Virginia, and Paul Ryan runs into trouble. It's Wednesday and time for a...

PAUL RYAN: Two hours and fifty-something...

CONAN: Edition of the political junkie.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDINGS)

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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Presidential Race
10:57 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Dean On How Democrats Will Win The White House

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:35 am

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.

Wisdom Watch
10:05 am
Wed September 5, 2012

In 1972, Davis Blazed Party Trail On Gay Rights

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, I had some thoughts about why we so love to show our scars. We, meaning the public and our leaders. That's my Can I Just Tell You essay and it's in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's time for our Wisdom Watch. That's the part of the program where we speak with those who've made a difference through their work and, in this political season, we're talking with a political pioneer.

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