Politics

5:40am

Tue September 4, 2012
Election 2012

Mayor Castro, 1st Latino To Give DNC Keynote Speech

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 12:38 pm

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (left) stands onstage with his twin, Joaquin, during preparations Monday for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The mayor will give the keynote address Tuesday night, introduced by his brother, a Texas legislator.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Julian Castro, the 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio, Texas, has been called the new face of the Democratic Party. And on Tuesday night, he'll become the first Latino to deliver the keynote speech at the party's national convention.

Over the weekend, parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church in San Antonio sent off one of their own with a breakfast taco rally.

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7:25pm

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

The Undocumented Bus: In Charlotte, A Different Kind Of Coming Out

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 11:06 pm

Maria Cruz Ramírez, 46, rode on the Undo-bus for six weeks.
Eyder Peralta NPR

The bus is always the center of attention. Partly because it's a hulking 1970s tour bus that somehow made it from Arizona all the way to Charlotte, but mostly because of what's inscribed on the side of it in thick, black letters.

"Sin Papeles, Sin Miedo," it reads in Spanish. "No papers, no fear."

Carrying a bunch of undocumented activists, the bus rolled through the country, through states like Arizona, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia, and into Charlotte on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

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5:52pm

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Can Obama 'Reintroduce Hope' At Convention?

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 6:55 pm

A delegate shows off her button on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Jae C. Hong AP

It's been a rough four years since Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination during a celebratory Denver convention that launched the freshman Illinois senator to the White House.

Recovery from the worst economy since the Great Depression has been excruciatingly slow. The national unemployment rate has remained stubbornly above 8 percent.

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5:15pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Obama Spends Labor Day With Ohio Union Workers

President Obama spent the day campaigning in Ohio and visiting Hurricane Isaac-ravaged areas in Louisiana. Scott Horsley joins Melissa Block to talk about the president's message.

5:15pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Presidents Obama And Clinton Not Exactly Old Friends

Melissa Block speaks with Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, about his new piece on the relationship between President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.

5:15pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Romney And Abortion: Another Shift In The Works?

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 12:48 pm

Mitt Romney proclaimed himself a strong supporter of abortion rights in state campaigns in 1994 and in 2002. Now, he says he opposes almost all abortions.
Evan Vucci AP

Is Mitt Romney shifting his abortion position again?

It's fairly well-known that Romney proclaimed himself in favor of abortion rights when he ran for office in Massachusetts, then reversed himself before launching his presidential bid. But recently, the GOP nominee seems to be softening his opposition somewhat. Or is he?

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5:12pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Politics

Hatch Act Keeps Federal Workers Out Of Politics

With only a couple of months before the election, authorities are putting out word that federal employees need to beware of the line between protected political activity and prohibited electioneering. A few high-profile dustups have attracted attention already this year and watchdogs are investigating 168 possible violations of the Hatch Act.

5:11pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Politics

Democratic Convention Preceded By Protests

Melissa Block talks to Audie Cornish, who is in Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention. They cover Tuesday's speakers, an anti-Wall Street protest and the convention's much-anticipated response to the GOP's messages "We Built It" and "We Make it Possible."

5:10pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Politics

Kamala Harris Among The Rising Dem Stars At DNC

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is a rising star in the Democratic Party who is scheduled to speak at its national convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week.

2:58pm

Mon September 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Political Analyst: N.C. Could Be Key, Regardless Of Electoral Outcome In State

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 4:51 pm

Preparations continue Monday for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate in more than three decades to carry North Carolina.

This week, as President Obama heads back to North Carolina to accept his party's nomination, polls show that he may be hard-pressed to repeat his Tar Heel State success of four years ago.

But in the state lies an opportunity for Obama, political analyst Charlie Cook said Monday during a poll briefing in Charlotte, where the Democratic National Convention opens Tuesday.

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