Coverage of the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C.
"But when all is said and done - when you pick up that ballot to vote - you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace - decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come.
The claim about debt reduction: "[Barack Obama] has offered a reasonable plan of $4 trillion in debt reduction over a decade. For every $2.5 trillion in spending cuts, he raises a dollar in new revenues, 2.5 to 1. And he has tight controls on future spending. That's the kind of balanced approach proposed by the Simpson-Bowles commission, a bipartisan commission. ... It passes the arithmetic test." Former President Bill Clinton
The popular ex-president returned to spotlight with animated speech in support of the Democratic agenda.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Minnesota's 99 votes cast for Barack Obama in the roll call of the states early Thursday.
Democrats announced that they will move President Obama's acceptance speech from an outdoor stadium to an indoor arena, citing forecasts of possible severe thunderstorms and lightning, a move that disappointed thousands of supporters.
The claim on job creation: "Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action. And now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs." San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
Foster worked with Bain when he was director of the United Steelworkers District 11 and Bain bought GST Steel in Kansas.
Their importance to the Democrats in the November election was apparent.
The Democratic and Republican party platforms deal with the issue of marriage in very different ways. Here's a comparison:
The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt had topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of red ink onto federal ledgers for every person in the United States.
"I think it's a different kind of excitement," said Minnesota delegate Meg Litts.
A series of Gallup polls have found no sign that the Republican National Convention provided a bounce in support for presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The contest between President Obama and Romney remained stuck in the days following the convention, according to Gallup daily tracking polls running through Saturday.
For Obama, the campaign to hold the White House begins this week with the Democratic convention, where the faithful hope to rev up the vast apparatus that produced his historic 2008 election.