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Democratic National Convention Gets Underway

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Democratic National Convention Gets Underway
The Democratic National Convention begins today in Denver, with a fresh attempt at party unity and speeches by Michelle Obama and Edward Kennedy. (NPR)

Many of Massachusetts' leading Democrats will play a prominent role in the convention. In a last-minute surprise move, Senator Edward Kennedy is expected to make an appearance tonight, health permitting. (WBUR)

Governor Deval Patrick discusses what Kennedy means to the party and to the Bay State delegation. Patrick will speak at the convention tomorrow night. (WBUR)

WBUR's political analysts also shared their thoughts on Ted Kennedy's role at the convention and how much it will benefit presidential candidate Barack Obama. (WBUR)

Hillary Clinton is expected to formally release her delegates to Barack Obama. There is much discussion over whether the party can come together during the convention, after the divisive primary battle. (NPR)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will be presiding over the convention, says Clinton delegates will have their say, but the convention belongs to Barack Obama. (NPR)

Bob Oakes reports from Denver on the first day. (WBUR)

The presidential candidate himself will not be there. As the delegates are assembling in Denver, Barack Obama is starting a bus trip through several battleground states expected to be crucial in the November election. (NPR)

Denver businesses are eager for the millions of dollars the convention will pump into the local economy. (NPR)

And, how the 1968 Democratic convention changed the way the party approaches its conventions. (NPR)

This program aired on August 25, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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