Politics

12:14pm

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

'Now It's Our Turn': The Democratic National Convention Kicks Off In Charlotte

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 12:22 pm

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena on Sunday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Unlike what Republicans did in Tampa last week, Democrats will lay out a clear plan to get the country back on sound footing, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said during news briefing in Charlotte, N.C., moments ago.

Villaraigosa, who is the chair of the Democratic National Convention, said that by the time the convention wraps up Thursday night, the party will have crystalized its platform and explained that this election is about a stark choice.

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6:05am

Mon September 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Voter Concerns In Wake County, N.C.

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 6:47 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Harold Weinbrecht, Democratic mayor of Cary, N.C., about voters concerns there. Cary is in Wake County, a swing county in North Carolina, which could decide which way the state goes in November. Cary is white, affluent, and highly educated.

4:04am

Mon September 3, 2012
Election 2012

In Convention Run-Up, Obama Targets Three States

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 5:01 pm

President Obama waves as he walks on stage during a campaign stop on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder on Sunday.
David Zalubowski AP

President Obama holds a Labor Day campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, and then flies to Louisiana to inspect the damage from Hurricane Isaac. The Toledo rally is part of a long weekend of campaigning, leading up to the Democratic National Convention, which starts Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.

The president held a rally with thousands of students at the University of Colorado over the weekend. Just five days earlier, he'd been at Colorado State. Obama is hoping to harness the cross-state rivalry between the schools in the service of his re-election campaign.

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4:03am

Mon September 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Fears About Shariah Law Take Hold In Tennessee

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 8:53 am

It's getting tougher to be a Republican in some parts of the country while also fully accepting the practice of Islam.

In Tennessee, an incumbent in the U.S. House found herself on the defensive after being called soft on Shariah law, the code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions. And the state's governor has been forced to explain why he hired a Muslim.

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5:22pm

Sun September 2, 2012
Politics

On Defense In Era Of Anti-Big Government Sentiment

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 6:57 pm

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was making the case that government was a necessary and positive part of American life. Contemporary Democrats are having less success with the argument.
Joe Caneva AP

Democrats today, for the most part, balance between two slightly competing ideas: that government is part of the solution, while still acknowledging that it can be part of the problem. Meanwhile, they're up against a long-running Republican messaging campaign against "big government."

The concept of big government goes back to around the beginning of the 20th century. Princeton historian Julian Zelizer traces the idea to the Wilson administration and its initiatives, including the creation of the Federal Reserve.

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5:03pm

Sun September 2, 2012
Election 2012

Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 6:57 pm

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., confirms plans in Chesterfield, Mo., on Aug. 24 to stay in the U.S. Senate race.
Sid Hastings AP

Many people in Missouri are still backing GOP Rep. Todd Akin — some more strongly than before — after his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy.

Akin was polling ahead of the incumbent, Democrat Claire McCaskill, in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, but his support fractured into several distinct camps after his comment that women's bodies can block pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." (He has since apologized.)

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5:03pm

Sun September 2, 2012
Politics

Obama Rallies Supporters In Colorado

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 6:57 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

President Obama is spending this Labor Day weekend on the campaign trail. He's looking to rally supporters in advance of the Democratic National Convention. That kicks off on Tuesday. Today, the president was in a sunny courtyard at the University of Colorado, and that's where we find our Scott Horsley. Scott, do I have you here?

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Guy.

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9:42am

Sun September 2, 2012
Politics

Occupy Plans Resurgence At Democratic Convention

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 1:07 pm

Occupy Wall Street activist Jason Woody listens to a speaker during a rally before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 27.
Steve Nesius Reuters/Landov

As President Obama reintroduces himself to America at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week, the Occupy movement will be there trying to do the same.

Remember Occupy Wall Street, originator of the "We are the 99 percent" slogan?

The group, which helped reshape the nation's political discourse last year before falling into disarray and uncertainty, plans to hold a demonstration outside the convention hall in an effort to recapture the spotlight. A Tampa, Fla., Occupy group protested at the Republican convention in there last week.

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6:24am

Sun September 2, 2012
Politics

At DNC, Obama Must Show 'Roadmap To Future'

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell about the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Rendell is a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

6:24am

Sun September 2, 2012
Politics

Previewing The Democratic National Convention

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the latest political news, as we await the start of the Democratic National Convention.

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