11:09am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

As It Happened: GOP Kicks Off Its Convention; Makes Its Case To The Nation

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:23 pm

Texas delegates cheer as Romney is formally nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.
Jae C. Hong AP
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With a program designed both to tell the American people more about Mitt Romney and to make the case that Republicans' ideas for solving the nation's problems are better than Democrats', the 2012 GOP National Convention got going today and Romney officially became the party's presidential nominee.

Delegates also officially made Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the party's vice presidential nominee.

We live blogged through the afternoon and evening. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how the story developed.

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10:51am

Tue August 28, 2012
The Picture Show

Drinking, Dancing, Dolly Parton: Photos Of The '70s Country Music Scene

Last Call, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tenn., 1974
Henry Horenstein

It may come as a surprise that the photographer who shot these country stars — and their fans — is from Massachusetts. But, Henry Horenstein explains, country music "was a rural music, not necessarily a Southern music."

As a young photographer, Horenstein spent a good part of the 1970s and early '80s at bluegrass festivals, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, New England honky-tonks and elsewhere, documenting what he believed was an "era that was going to go away."

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10:19am

Tue August 28, 2012
The Two-Way

How Much Rain Will Hurricane Isaac Dump? Have A Look At This Map

Rainfall prediction from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA

The story of Hurricane Isaac will more than likely be one of flooding. The National Hurricane Center says that some places along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast could see up to 18 inches of rain.

Over five days, the tropical system will spread rain far and wide.

How widespread, you ask? Look at this map put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It shows their prediction of how much rain will fall in the next five days:

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10:17am

Tue August 28, 2012
The Salt

Before Her Big GOP Convention Speech, Ann Romney Lets Them Eat Cake

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:37 am

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, shares her homemade Welsh cakes with reporters on the flight to Tampa on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

It's a big night for Ann Romney.

She's addressing the Republican National Convention in Tampa at 10 p.m. Eastern, in a speech many pundits see as her big chance to combat her husband's "likability gap" and convince voters that Mitt the man is more than just a "rich guy."

So how does she handle the stress? Apparently, she bakes.

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10:04am

Tue August 28, 2012
Participation Nation

Saying Thanks In Hattiesburg, Miss.

Capt. Michael Davidson of the Hattiesburg Fire Dept. and Jaycee Marquise Slator.
Picasa Courtesy of Hattiesburg Jaycees

Every year since 1994, volunteers from the Hattiesburg Jaycees have been holding a blood drive to replenish the area's blood supply. This Friday, the group will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for anyone willing to kick off Labor Day Weekend by donating at the Labor of Love Blood Drive.

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9:56am

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

GOP Strategy For Tuesday: Bring The Love And Then The Fight

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 12:31 pm

Ann Romney is expected to play more of a traditional "first lady" role in tonight's address, while N.J. Gov. Chris Christie will likely throw some punches at the Obama administration.
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It's not exactly good cop/bad cop, but the main speakers Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention will play diametrically opposed roles.

Ann Romney — the wife of Mitt Romney, who becomes the official GOP nominee with Tuesday's delegate roll call — will try to present her husband in the most flattering, personal light. By contrast, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the convention's keynote speaker, will have the job of attacking President Obama's record.

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9:45am

Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

The Republican Convention Speakers: A Guide

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 1:01 pm

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Republicans are now trying to pack the best of their vote-for-Mitt-Romney message into three nights in Tampa in a weather-abbreviated convention. Here are some of the highlighted speakers.

9:21am

Tue August 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama Administration Will Unveil New Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 11:02 am

The Obama administration announced new fuel efficiency standards that require cars in the United States to average 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025.

As the Detroit Free-Press reports, President Obama got this process rolling in 2010, when he asked the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to come up with standards that would lead to new and cleaner cars on the roads.

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9:17am

Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

Foreclosures Leave Holes In Voter Outreach

A home has a foreclosure auction sign displayed in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in September 2010.
Amy Sancetta AP

The nation's foreclosure crisis rarely is mentioned by the presidential candidates, but it looms large as their campaigns grapple with finding evicted voters in swing states.

Organizers are discovering scores of vacated homes in key battlegrounds that contributed strong turnouts in the 2008 election. In the past four years, more than 3.7 million homes have been lost to foreclosure, according to market research firm CoreLogic.

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9:05am

Tue August 28, 2012
Around the Nation

New Orleans Braces For Isaac

Isaac is headed toward the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm is threatening to hit New Orleans as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed of Homeland Security in New Orleans, about how they're preparing the city for the storm.

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