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NATIONAL
September 6, 2012 | By Paul West and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As Bill Clinton strode onto the royal blue carpeted stage Wednesday night, his campaign theme song, "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," blasted through the arena. A more appropriate anthem might have been that Democratic oldie: "Happy Days Are Here Again. " Shouts of "We love you, Bill Clinton" echoed in the Democratic convention hall. The former president was fixing to tell the country why President Obama deserved another four years. And an overflow partisan crowd of more than 20,000 ate it up. The delegates were like jumping jacks, cheering his repeated and generous praise for Obama and, at one point, for Obama's secretary of State and his own wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hector Becerra
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It was a short speech, but when Benita Veliz stepped up to the lectern at the Democratic National Convention, she made history. The 27-year-old from San Antonio became the first illegal immigrant to address a national political convention. “Like so many Americans of all races and backgrounds, I was brought here as a child,” she told the crowd Wednesday night. “I've been here ever since.” Veliz, an advocate for the Dream Act - legislation that would pave the way for illegal immigrants to legal residency and citizenship if they go to college or perform military service - talked of being a high-achieving student who graduated early from Jefferson High School, becoming a National Merit Scholar, before graduating from St. Mary's University.
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.
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