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Why Do Conventions Matter?

OPB | July 23, 2016

The Democratic and Republican national conventions are the single biggest spectacles in American politics. But if we already know who the party nominees will be, why do we have conventions?

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Hacked Emails Show Democratic Party Hostility To Bernie Sanders

AP | July 23, 2016 2:09 p.m. | Washington

Several emails from Democratic party officials posted by Wikileaks detail the split between the Democratic National Committee and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Tim Kaine Makes Campaign Trail Debut: 'I Like To Fight For Right'

NPR | July 23, 2016 12:13 p.m.

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, her new running mate, appeared on stage together for the first time Saturday before the Democratic National Convention.

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Outdoor School Initiative Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 22, 2016 5:36 p.m.

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether to fully fund an outdoor education program for the state's fifth and sixth graders.

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Hillary Clinton Picks Sen. Tim Kaine As VP Running Mate

AP | July 22, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Orlando, Florida

In a text message to supporters, Hillary Clinton writes, "I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate."

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Ex-KKK Leader David Duke To Run For US Senate

AP | July 22, 2016 9:02 a.m. | BATON ROUGE, La.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced Friday on his website that he plans to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.

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Union Of Trump And GOP Cemented On Final Night Of Convention

NPR | July 22, 2016 4:25 a.m.

Trump's speech was studded with statistics that had fact-checkers working feverishly into the wee hours — often finding numbers to be distorted or downright specious. But it didn't seem to matter.

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OPB Politics Now: Trump Salad At The RNC

OPB | July 21, 2016 11:30 p.m. | Cleveland

Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB's Political Reporter Jeff Mapes look at Donald Trump's acceptance speech in Cleveland through a Northwest lens.

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Painting A Grim Picture Of America, Trump Says 'Safety Will Be Restored' If He Wins

NPR | July 21, 2016 8:41 p.m.

In his GOP presidential acceptance speech, Donald Trump cast himself as a champion for the middle class, arguing that Hillary Clinton in the White House, economic strife would grow.

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Restoring Trust Is Theme In Washington State Auditor's Race

Northwest News Network | July 21, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Five candidates are running in the August 2 primary to replace embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley — and restoring trust in the office is a recurring theme of the campaigns.

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Watch: Donald Trump Headlines GOP Convention's Final Night

NPR | July 21, 2016 4:26 p.m.

Donald Trump caps a chaotic Republican National Convention Thursday night. Other speakers include his daughter, Ivanka, and tech giant Peter Thiel