Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - What do Harry Reid and Wil.I.Am have in common? Well, like Common (the rapper), they and dozens of other big-name celebrities are in Charlotte this week for the Democratic National Convention.
Even though President Barack Obama's big acceptance speech was moved indoors due to weather concerns, Thursday night is expected to be the big night for stars to shine.FULL STORY
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, 72, was taken to the hospital Thursday morning while in Charlotte, North Carolina covering the Democratic National Convention.
A spokesperson with NBC said Brokaw felt "light-headed," and later Thursday, Brokaw said he "mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien," tweeting that it caused him to make "less sense than usual."
(CNN) - Even with a last-minute decision to move indoors, the Democratic Party's festivities tonight will not include the time-honored tradition of a balloon drop at the end of Barack Obama's acceptance speech. But just how old is that tradition, and how much has it mattered to the Democrats?
The 1956 Republican gathering that re-nominated Dwight Eisenhower marks the first time that newspapers mention a balloon drop at a convention. The Republicans have staged a balloon drop at every convention since then - an unbroken record of 15 conventions, including this year's meeting in Florida when about 120,000 balloons and 500 pounds of confetti were dumped on delegates from the rafters of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will set a goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs over the next four years and doubling exports during the next two years, according to excerpts of his speech to the Democratic National Convention released Thursday.
He will set a goal of reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years, according to the excerpts. Obama will also set a goal of halving net oil imports by the year 2020 and supporting 600,000 natural gas jobs by the end of the decade.
As part of a number of goals President Barack Obama will outline in his formal acceptance speech on Thursday, he will aim to cut the growth of college tuition in half over 10 years, according to excerpts released by the campaign.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama, in his speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, will lay out a "choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future," according to advance excerpts released by his campaign.
Read more excerpts after the jump.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – In his address Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, Vice President Joe Biden will vouch for President Barack Obama's character and leadership through anecdotes about his decisions in office, according to a Democratic source.
As someone by the president's side for his major decisions in office, Biden will draw contrasts between Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the source said.
(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will speak Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. According to excerpts of his remarks, Kerry will hammer Republicans for opposing "everything that has made America exceptional in the first place."
Read more excerpts of his speech after the jump.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, one of only two Muslim-Americans in Congress, reacted Thursday to the controversy over his party's newly-updated platform that references Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel.
"I do not want to see this issue used as a cudgel to beat on the president with," Ellison said. "They're trying to use the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a way to divide people."
Washington (CNN) - Two airlines say passengers who won't be able to attend President Obama's speech tonight can fly home early without paying change fees.
The last night of the Democratic National Convention, including the president's speech, was scheduled to be outside in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium. However, severe weather forecasts prompted organizers to move it inside to the much smaller Time Warner Cable Arena where the rest of the convention has been held.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Joe Biden has had many big moments in his long political career, but Thursday's speech setting up Barack Obama's presidential acceptance speech will be one of his biggest.
Biden has as much at stake as his boss. And he has a tough act to follow after former President Bill Clinton delivered a rousing address Wednesday, one jam-packed with full-throated endorsements of the current president.FULL STORY