Politics

5:03pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Election 2012

GOP Convention Officially Opens, Then Adjourns

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Melissa Block talks to Robert Siegel about the postponed Monday opening session of the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

5:02pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Election 2012

GOP Delegates Learn Policy From Gingrich At 'Newt U'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Every day at the convention in Tampa, Newt Gingrich — the former House Speaker and a former college professor — will hold a two hour policy workshop.

5:01pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Election 2012

Republicans Must Do More With Less At Convention

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Mara Liasson joins Audie Cornish from the Republican National Convention hall in Tampa, Fla.

4:36pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Monkey See

'2016: Obama's America' Shows Up Strong When Most Box Office Is Weak

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:53 pm

A promotional poster is seen at the Rave Fairfax Corner movie theater in Fairfax, Virginia, announcing the new movie "2016: Obama's America" that opened in theaters across the US, August 24, 2012.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The movie 2016: Obama's America just did something that's hard for any political documentary to accomplish: it took seventh place on the list of this weekend's highest grossing movies. Usually, when any documentary pulls in more than five million dollars, it's about, say, Katy Perry. But 2016 looks at the ideologies and global movements that it says helped intellectually mold the President of the United States from a critical, conservative perspective. And the ending imagines an America economically undone by four more years of an Obama presidency.

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4:06pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Salt

What Does Mormon Food Culture Say About Mitt Romney?

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:38 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney eats ice cream from Millie's on the run before a fundraising event earlier this month in Nantucket, Mass.
Evan Vucci AP

As the Republican convention gets under way in Tampa tomorrow, we can expect to hear more about the personal life of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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3:53pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

I'm not in Tampa, and I won't be in Charlotte. But if you happen to be there, I hope you are filling your pockets with campaign buttons to send me — if for no other reason than to keep these ScuttleButton puzzles going and make America proud.

In that order.

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3:27pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

The Importance Of Not Fiddling While Rome Burns (Or Floods)

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

A sign was displayed on a highway near New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Nam Y. Huh AP

It's not unusual for politicians and show business producers to put off planned events in the face of tragedy or national disaster.

The Republican Party delayed opening day festivities at its national convention in Tampa this week because of safety concerns as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

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2:21pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Officially, The Convention Has Begun; And The GOP's 'Debt Clocks' Are Running

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:31 pm

Within minutes after being turned on Monday, the GOP's clock measuring how much the national debt had grown was moving up quickly.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

With a bang of his supersized gavel, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus just opened the 2012 GOP convention.

And moments later with another bang of the gavel he declared it in recess.

As we've reported, tropical storm Isaac convinced Republicans to delay the real start of their convention until Tuesday.

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1:37pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Though Small In Number, Protesters Take Aim At Both Parties

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Turnout for Monday's protest rally and march in downtown Tampa was much lower than expected and rain drenched the crowd.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Organizers had predicted a turnout of thousands at a rally in a Tampa park Monday morning to protest Republican policies.

They ended up getting a better showing, as least early on, from the members of the media desperate to cover something — anything — on what was to have been the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

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12:00pm

Mon August 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Conventions: The 'First Date' That Lasts For Days

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:01 pm

Final preparations were under way Monday for the opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Democrats are holding their convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Even some Republicans don't think the loss of Monday's proceedings at their party's national convention in Tampa, due to Tropical Storm Isaac, will matter much in the grand scheme of things.

"The whole drama of the hurricane's very unique here," says David Woodard, a GOP consultant who teaches at Clemson University. "Suppose Isaac wiped out the whole convention — who cares?"

Conventions clearly are a diminished thing, Woodard says. They no longer decide who the presidential nominees are going to be, in anything but a strictly formal sense.

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