The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says he noticed something about one of this year's major news stories. When Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, was killed by a white man in Florida, there was widespread dismay. And then President Obama spoke.
Now, of course, the approach of Hurricane Isaac forced the Republican Party to scrap the first day of its convention in Tampa, but the events did begin in earnest yesterday.
Mitt Romney's wife Anne took the stage in defense of her husband. And New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a keynote address that capped the evening. The party also did something significant, though unsurprising: They made Mitt Romney officially their nominee.
NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson took in the action.
People have been thinking quite a bit about politics in Janesville, Wisconsin, home of the freshly nominated Republican vice presidential candidate. Paul Ryan still lives in Janesville. His hometown is near the Illinois border. Its politics lean Democratic, although Ryan's own congressional district votes Republican. NPR's Don Gonyea talked to some of those who know and knew Ryan well.
In case you missed it, the theme here in Tampa at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday was: "We Built It." Intended as a reference to building a business, the three words also suggested another construction project under way — a bridge to female voters.
Mitt Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday will be his chance to tell his story to the world. Perhaps the most unique part of that story is his devout Mormon faith.
Romney comes from a prominent Mormon family. He's held important leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But he rarely talks about his faith. When he does, he seems uncomfortable.
A soft murmur of familiarity rippled through the packed GOP convention hall Tuesday night when Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, spoke not of their "storybook marriage" but of one touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.
"A storybook marriage? Not at all," she said, during her much anticipated prime-time speech. "What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."
It was that moment that encapsulated the job that Ann Romney had to do, and how well she managed it.
Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 6:22 pm
On Tuesday, NPR's Frank James hosted a live chat during the GOP convention. He was joined by Neal Carruth, NPR's election editor; Peter Overby, NPR's power, money and influence correspondent; Melody Crowder-Meyer, assistant professor of political science at Sewanee: The University of the South; and Bob Ingle, senior political columnist for Gannett New Jersey newspapers.
For hat aficionados, a political convention can be a thing of beauty — or at least a thing of interest. Here are some of the head wear highlights from Day 1 of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
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