First lady tells black, Hispanic caucuses: We need you
September 5th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady tells black, Hispanic caucuses: We need you

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - The reminder from the first lady needed no additional explanation. "62 days."

As Charlotte woke up to dismal skies and the Democratic National Convention Committee was forced to change venues for Thursday because of forecasted bad weather, the pressure was on as Michelle Obama told excited crowds in separate remarks before the African American Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus that she was tired from her convention speech last night, but that the fight for re-election was urgent.
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Clinton to highlight policy similarities with Obama
September 5th, 2012
03:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton to highlight policy similarities with Obama

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - A Democratic National Convention vital to President Barack Obama's re-election bid will hear from former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday after the first lady and other opening night speakers urged supporters to fight for a man they portrayed as a strong leader committed to equal opportunity for all.

The second day of the convention began with bad news for organizers, who decided to move Obama's concluding speech on Thursday night - the highlight of the three-day political conclave - because of predicted severe weather in the Charlotte area.

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Democrats: Christians CAN vote for us!
Democrats pray at a morning gathering at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
September 5th, 2012
03:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats: Christians CAN vote for us!

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Heads are bowed in prayer in room 211 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

At the Democratic National Convention, people of faith gather at a daily prayer session. They also work to figure out a way to spread the message that you can have deep religious convictions and still vote for a Democrat. It's a puzzle the party has been trying to crack for years.

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No balloons to close Democratic convention
September 5th, 2012
02:40 PM ET
2 years ago

No balloons to close Democratic convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - The balloon drop that traditionally concludes a presidential convention will not happen following President Obama's acceptance speech.

A Democratic official confirmed to CNN that "there will be a festive conclusion to Thursday night's session, but no balloons."
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Progressive group hits milestone in support of Warren
September 5th, 2012
02:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Progressive group hits milestone in support of Warren

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Hours before Elizabeth Warren speaks in prime at the Democratic convention, a leading progressive group backing the Democrat's Senate nominee in Massachusetts will announce they've raised $1 million for her bid to defeat Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

In addition, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) also tells CNN that they've received more than 50,000 grassroots donations that will be directed to Warren's campaign, with the average donation being $16.
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Catholic nun brings her star power to DNC
Sister Simone Campbell speaking at the end of her "nuns on the bus" tour in Washington.
September 5th, 2012
02:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Catholic nun brings her star power to DNC

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Sister Simone Campbell will get what may be the biggest media platform of her life on Wednesday night, when she addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. But the Catholic nun already has plenty of star power.

Walking around Charlotte this week, Campbell was repeatedly stopped by fans who wanted to pose for pictures.

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Word association poll: Biden 'good' and 'idiot'
September 5th, 2012
02:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Word association poll: Biden 'good' and 'idiot'

(CNN) - How would you describe Joe Biden?

The two most popular words, survey shows, are "good" and "idiot."
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
U.S. debt $417 billion below the debt ceiling
September 5th, 2012
02:02 PM ET
2 years ago

U.S. debt $417 billion below the debt ceiling

New York (CNNMoney) - Republicans are trying to make political hay of the fact that the federal gross debt this week crossed the $16 trillion mark.

But reaching that milestone was expected. And while notable, it overshadows the number that is of more immediate concern to Congress: the amount of debt subject to the legal borrowing limit.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Debt
Five OMG moments at the DNC
September 5th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Five OMG moments at the DNC

(CNN) - Anyone can turn on a TV, scan their newsfeeds or fire up a laptop to get a sense of the important topics being discussed at the Democratic National Convention. This article is not about those important topics.

This is for those other moments - the ones that make us SMH or LOL or unfollow certain people on Twitter. These are the moments that prompt us to show our phones to the person next to us, eyes wide with disbelief and mischief. It's not news.

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September 5th, 2012
01:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan: Clinton, Obama different kinds of Democrats

(CNN) - Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan drew a bold line between Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama saying the popular former president is a different kind of Democrat than Obama.

Ryan's comments come from an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan set to air Wednesday night during CNN's coverage of the Democratic National Convention.
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