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Michelle Obama, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro kick off DNC Day 1 with a bang

Michelle Obama, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro kick off DNC Day 1 with a bang

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Democrats kicked off Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention, launching the re-election of President Obama ahead of the 2012 election, and convincing voters why they are ‘better off.’

The night was capped by a rousing speech from First Lady Michelle Obama who urged voters to give President Barack Obama another four years to fix the country. “Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it,” Obama said, “and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”

Speakers also included San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and actor and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn.
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Romney stresses jobs, Eastwood sees an empty chair and Obama concedes the night on Day 4 of the Republican National Convention

Romney stresses jobs, Eastwood sees an empty chair and Obama concedes the night on Day 4 of the Republican National Convention

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Formally accepting his nomination, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage Thursday night to address millions of voters on why he should be chosen to lead the country.

Romney’s remarks focused on unfulfilled promises of the Obama administration, religion, jobs and the economy. “Hope and change had a powerful appeal,” Romney said. “But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”

The last night of the convention also saw mystery surprise guest Clint Eastwood who delivered an ad-lib speech in support of Romney, speaking to an Invisible Obama sitting on a chair. The remark launched the @InvisibleObama Twitter account (which ballooned to 26k+ followers by the end of the convention) and spawned countless #Eastwooding memes.

Other final day events highlights came from Jeb Bush, past Olympians Scott Hamilton, Mike Eruzione and Kim Rhode, musical performances by Taylor Hicks and Bebe Winans & choir, a massive balloon drop and prayer.

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All eyes on Mitt Romney after rousing speech from Paul Ryan on Day 3 of the Republican National Convention

All eyes on Mitt Romney after rousing speech from Paul Ryan on Day 3 of the Republican National Convention

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Tonight, the Republican National Convention will conclude with the formal nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the 2012 Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates.

And in what might be the most important speech of Mitt Romney’s life, Romney will take the stage in a defining moment for both his base and millions of Americans tuning in. His speech comes on the heels of Ryan’s energizing address, which criticized President Obama’s policies on the economy, health care and jobs.

“President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record,” Ryan said. “But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it.”

Other Day 3 speakers included 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

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Hurricane Isaac hits the gulf coast

Hurricane Isaac hits the gulf coast

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Hurricane Isaac, the slow-moving but powerful Category 1 hurricane, was felt along the Gulf Coast, threatening to flood towns in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana with storm surges of up to 12 feet and winds up to 80 miles per hour, according to reports by Reuters.

While not nearly as strong as Katrina – a Category 3 hurricane when it slammed into New Orleans on August 29, 2005 – Isaac was a threat that authorities said should not be underestimated.

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Ann Romney, Chris Christie and Rick Santorum energize Day 2 of the Republican National Convention

Ann Romney, Chris Christie and Rick Santorum energize Day 2 of the Republican National Convention

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With newly upgraded Hurricane Isaac blowing past Florida, the Republican National Convention surges on with speeches by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former GOP presidential race contender Rick Santorum, and Ann Romney, the wife of the now affirmed GOP presidential nominee. The abbreviated convention schedule may have dampened the opening day, but with Mitt Romney’s arrival, Day 2 finds the winds of the Grand Old Party struggling to hold onto the many hats of a divided Republican base.

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Day 1 at the Republican National Convention brings out politicians, GOP fans and protesters

Day 1 at the Republican National Convention brings out politicians, GOP fans and protesters

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Stormy weather deflated the big bang that was expected at Day 1 of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Much of what was planned for Monday was scale-backed to a shorter week of activities. However, despite the weather, politicians, GOP supporters, and protesters still turned out for the opening of the convention.
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Wildfires continue to rage in the west

Wildfires continue to rage in the west

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Wild fires continue to blaze in a number of western states. In Northern California the Rush Fire near Ravendale and the Ponderosa fire near Red Bluff have caused thousands of evacuations. The massive fires threatened more than 3,000 homes. Firefighters also are battling the Chips fire near Greenville, California. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties after the fire advanced with 75-foot flames on a tiny community at the doorstep of a national park. The fire has forced evacuations and burned over 47,000 acres in Northern California. In Southern Idaho the U.S. Forest Service battles a number of fires such as the Springs Fire and the Trinity Ridge Fire in Boise National Forest near Featherville.
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Dive into the dark world of Weegee: Murder is My Business

Dive into the dark world of Weegee: Murder is My Business

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If you need an excuse to visit New York City before summer’s end, here’s a suggestion: Dive into the dark world of Weegee, a tabloid news photographer-extraordinaire. His work is the subject of a fascinating show, “Weegee: Murder is My Business,” at the International Center of Photography in midtown Manhattan through September 2, 2012.
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