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Sunday, April 11, 2021

About as united as Democrats get

The Democrats, for whom turmoil is a way of life, seem to have pulled off a near flawless convention with excellent primetime speeches by the principles and plenty of feel-good moments, even if they were scripted.

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Notes from convention’s final day

Snapshots from the Democratic National Convention in Denver:

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer got a standing O for his earthy, plain and simple talk from Florida delegates, who hailed his defense of hard-working immigrants.

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Obama pledges to fix America

Surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd, Barack Obama promised a clean break from the "broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush" Thursday night as he embarked on the final lap of his audacious bid to become the nation’s first black president.

"America, now is not the time for small plans," the 47-year-old Democratic Illinois senator told an estimated 84,000 people packed into Invesco Field, a huge football stadium at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

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Obama lays out his vision

Barack Obama cast his presidential nomination as proof that no dreams are too high, savoring a historic moment for himself and the nation Thursday before setting out on a difficult struggle to break another barrier for a black American.

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Obama defines himself and the election

An aggressive, re-energized Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for President Thursday night with a stirring speech long on specifics, peppered with in-your-face challenges to John McCain and one that delivered on the promise that has drawn so many to enthusiastically support the Senator from Illinois.

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Protests more subdued

Originally, the antiwar march that started after an afternoon concert at Denver’s Coliseum this week wasn’t a permitted parade.

But when police got word Wednesday that thousands were expected to take to the streets in what had the potential to be the largest protest of the Democratic National Convention so far, they struck a deal with protest leaders.

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McCain ready to announce Veep choice

Republican White House hopeful John McCain has picked his running mate to stand with him against the Democrats in the November election, his campaign said Thursday.

Asked to confirm reports that McCain had made his choice, spokesman Brian Rogers replied "Yep" by email.

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