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Do the political conventions still matter?

Why conventions still matter (via The Christian Science Monitor) Can it be? Yes! They’re shouting at him! “Put the microphones down! We can’t see you!” Harry Truman, wearing a white linen suit, peers out at the delegates. It’s 1948. Two o’clock in the morning. He’s trying to start his speech…

GOP platform will call for ‘considering’ a return to the gold standard

This year’s Republican party platform will include a proposal to “consider the feasibility” of a return to the gold standard, the Financial Times reported Thursday. According to The Wall Street Journal, early drafts of the platform, set to be adopted during the party’s national convention next week in Florida, include…

Maddow: Republican Convention ‘rolling out the Iraq war’ for Paul Ryan

On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said the Republican Convention in Tampa was “rolling out” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as if he were former deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz, a neoconservative who served in the Bush Administration. “Do you want to know who they picked to…

Obama hopes to spoil Republican convention party

WASHINGTON — In US political lore it is considered bad form to try to steal the limelight from a presidential rival during his party’s celebratory nominating convention. But President Barack Obama’s Democrats are refusing to be held hostage by tradition and plan an all-out assault on Republican rival Mitt Romney…

Cardinal Dolan to give closing prayer after Romney’s nomination

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will deliver the closing benediction at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week. Dolan, who has become embroiled in controversy over his handling of sex abuse in the church, will lead a final prayer after Republican…

Limbaugh: The National Hurricane Center is Obama

On his radio program Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh claimed that the National Hurricane Center’s warning that Tropical Storm Isaac could hit the Republican convention in Florida was just wishful thinking. “The National Hurricane Center is Obama,” he said. “The National Weather Service is part of the Commerce Department. It is Obama.”…

YouTube launches ‘elections hub’

YouTube launched a 2012 “elections hub” Wednesday devoted to the November vote in the United States, which will include live coverage from the two major party conventions and other political news. The Google-owned video service said this would be “a one-stop channel for key political moments from now through the upcoming…

Republicans to declare ‘We Built This!’ in stadium built with government funds

The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced this week that it would craft its convention theme around President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark — which was taken out of context to suggest that business owners “didn’t build” their businesses — and the party will unveil that message in an…

10 reasons Republican convention performer Beau Davidson is the worst

On Wednesday night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, just after what should be a barn-burner of a speech by House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (not really), little-known “Singer. Actor. Songwriter. Host.” Beau Davidson is scheduled to perform. Who’s Beau Davidson you ask? Well, he was a session singer…

2012 RNC delegates can attend ‘Newt University’ at convention

Delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention, which takes place Monday, August 27 to Thursday, August 30 in Tampa, Florida, will be able to take classes at “Newt University,” a series of workshops an seminars hosted by former Congressman Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA). The classes are allegedly designed to “support…

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