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NATIONAL
September 6, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four years ago, when Barack Obama gave his last speech to a Democratic National Convention, 85,000 cheering supporters under a broad Denver sky helped him ride a wave of emotion all the way to the White House. Now, as he prepares to accept his party's nomination for a second term, aides and advisors say he faces a far more difficult task. "There was less riding on that speech than now, just because there's a closer election," said David Axelrod, a longtime advisor and message guru who joined Obama on a swing through battleground states this week.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Meg James
It was a clash of titans, and Bill Clinton won. Wednesday night's prime-time coverage of the Democratic National Convention, which featured a fiery and finger-pointing address by former President Bill Clinton, attracted 25.1 million viewers, according to ratings giant Nielsen. The Democrats out-muscled the season opener of NFL football on NBC, which drew 23.9 million viewers. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants on the field. The second night of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., was off slightly from the opening night of the event, which faced significantly less competition on TV.  On Tuesday night, the convention showcased Michelle Obama and drew 26.2 million viewers.  The Democratic convention continues to draw a larger audience than last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The second night of coverage of the Republican National Convention, which featured Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the GOP nominee for vice president, drew 21.94 million viewers.
OPINION
September 6, 2012 | Meghan Daum
At the risk of inviting legions of conservatives to swoop down and tell me I'm drowning in the Obama Kool-Aid (actually, it's not just a risk; it's a guarantee), I'm just going to come out and say it: Michelle Obama was spectacular at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night. She managed to do in 25 minutes what her husband has been struggling to do for nearly four years: remind us why we were once so excited about the prospect of seeing this family in the White House. Almost immediately, the speech was being called "politically masterful," "a devastating attack on Mitt Romney" and "history making.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It included six straight hours of speechifying, mind-bendingly long lines to buy overpriced water and hot dogs and the requirement that all umbrellas be abandoned at the entrance. But delegates inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte gave high marks to the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, emphasizing that they're just as enthusiastic this time around as they were in 2008. “I have been coming here since [Walter F.] Mondale ran for president and this was the best I've heard,” said Elsie Burkhalter, a delegate from Louisiana.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2012 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Day One of the Democratic convention made clear that the two parties agree on one thing: Women and Latinos will determine the outcome of the 2012 election. But as Tuesday's proceedings showed, they have sharply contrasting ways of pitching their appeals. From Ann Romney's speech in Tampa, Fla., a week ago, through Sen. Marco Rubio's address on the GOP's closing night, Republicans focused repeatedly on trying to limit President Obama's lead among those two groups.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CHARLOTTE , N.C. -- As is customary for political conventions, the headliner is also the straggler. After days of campaigning in swing states, President Obama landed in Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon, the day before he's slated to give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. It's not clear when conventioneers will first lay their eyes on the president. The Obama campaign is keeping quiet about Obama's schedule and the decision to move his speech indoors has made sketchy details even sketchier.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
The multi-channel miniseries called "The Democratic National Convention" got underway Tuesday night in Charlotte, N.C. Unlike the comparable Republican miniseries, which was subject to some rescheduling (though not, really, shortening) due to the late-breaking news that was Hurricane Isaac, it has been planned from the start to last only three nights. In Charlotte, as in Tampa, much of the convention takes place out of view. The networks' disinclination to air more than an hour of it any night seemingly has been justified by the low ratings for last week's GOP meet, though ratings should not be what decides such coverage.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sounding at times like a college lecturer and others like a revival speaker, former President Clinton delivered a thumping endorsement Wednesday night of incumbent Barack Obama, saying his policies were slowly healing the country and would lead to dramatic improvement in a second term. “No president, not me or any of my predecessors, could have repaired all the damage in just four years," Clinton said in a rapturously received speech that capped the second night of the Democratic National Convention.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It might be a Republican's nightmare: swarms of media, especially mainstream media, descending on a city, outnumbering everyone else and clogging up the lines for coffee. But that's exactly what's happening this week in Charlotte as reporters, editors, photographers, bloggers, gaffers and administrators from Tokyo to Washington are in town to cover the convention. There are an estimated 15,000 members of the media in town, making up nearly half of the 35,000 people the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority estimates will attend the convention this week.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The decision to move President Obama's speech indoors to avoid the rain isn't just a logistical nightmare for his campaign team. It cancels the plan to register tens of thousands of North Carolina residents to vote as they waited in line for the Thursday night event. But the change doesn't derail a larger plan by the Obama campaign to use the Democratic National Convention as a nuts-and-bolts campaign planning event. It's still an “organizing tool,” in the words of campaign manager Jim Messina.
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