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Forget Hillary Clinton's speech; how about that orange pantsuit?!

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The general consensus is that Hillary Clinton did pretty well in last night’s speech to the Convention – never mind what she was really thinking. Equally important, though, is the question that always seems to dog her: How did she look?

Better than she used to, but there’s still room for improvement, as they used to say in grammar school: We’d give her a B-plus.

Overall,...

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In praise of Michelle praising her man

By LaShawnda

Behind every strong man is a stronger woman. Michelle Obama exudes confidence, strength and bedrock support for her husband, Sen. Barrack Obama. Her speech on Monday kicking off the 2008 Democratic National Convention was by far one of the best and most comprehensive illustrations of American family values that we strive toward and work to maintain on a daily basis. And we were...

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Barack Obama, "Our American Prayer"?

By Bragg

Over the last few months, there has been much discussion of the quasi-deification of Obama in popular culture.

Primarily, it has been tongue-in-cheek, and the McCain campaign even got in on the action, releasing a clever ad a few weeks ago called "The One" that humorously took on the phenomenon.

Today, however, I was directed to a YouTube video, called American Prayer.

It's...

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Chicago 1968: Witness to Democratic history

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Anti-war protesters gather in Grant Park outside the Conrad Hilton, base of the Democratic National Committee. (Photo by Jefferson Siegel)

It was 40 years ago today that another Democratic National Convention began. In 1968, with the country torn apart by the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. earlier in the year, the Democrats gathered in...

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Joe Biden: I'm horrible with money! But elect me to save the economy!

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Joe Biden implores, "Put me in charge, and I'll burn through your money like I have mine!" Jeff muses. (AP)

By Jeff

Barack Obama went with the “safe” VP choice in Joe Biden, but I don’t think it will really impact John McCain’s choice for VP. Biden isn’t going to really help in any specific states which will change the Republican’s electoral planning,...

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Michelle Obama snubs green scene

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By Lynne

Michelle Obama may have worn green, but her carefully crafted convention speech left out even a single mention of the environment.

It was her opportunity to introduce her husband as a caring father, concerned about the future for his children and the children of America.

But no mention of clear air to breathe or clean water to drink.

It was her opportunity to persuade...

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Cutey-patutey (LaShawnda's words) Obama girls

The cutest thing I’ve ever seen in politics. But isn’t this what it should be all about: the love of family. Love in the Obama family is very obvious and touching.

— LaShawnda

* Check out 22 photos of the fam last night here... including Sasha trying to gavel the convention to order....

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McCain may be re-adjusting veep search

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Romney's riches may make him ill-suited to be McCain's VP. "Sam's Club Republican" Pawlenty is looking like a more realistic choice, Bragg writes.

By Bragg

I absolutely believe Obama's choice of Biden could influence McCain's ultimate VP choice. The harder question to answer, though, is exactly how it might influence his choice, and to what degree.

One could argue that...

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Biden validated by the establishment?

By LaShawnda

With Sen. Obama’s announcement this past weekend of Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential pick, the political airwaves have ramped up with increased speculation and predictions.

Sen. Biden is the sixth most-senior senator in the Senate, currently serving his sixth term. Sen. Biden has served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as past and current chairman...

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Meet the Bidens

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Delaware Sen. Joe Biden

Age: 65

Hometown: Scranton, Pa.

Fact: Brings a wealth of international experience as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee

Also: Ran for president in 1988, until it was revealed he plagiarized a speech by Briton Neil Kinnock. This election, he called Obama “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright...

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