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  • History hits home as Obama accepts

    By Michael Mishak, Joe Schoenmann · Aug. 29, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    For its strident politics and passion and the history of the moment, Sen. Barack Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday enthralls his supporters at an overflowing — and tearful — TV watching party and brings deep satisfaction to a veteran civil rights activist and her niece watching quietly in their living room.

  • Web poker banned, they play politics

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 29, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- Not long after Congress passed a ban on Internet gambling, PR man John Pappas knew he had to be here at the Democratic National Convention.

  • Web poker banned, they play politics

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 29, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- Not long after Congress passed a ban on Internet gambling, PR man John Pappas knew he had to be here at the Democratic National Convention.

  • America’s hopes, dreams, tensions flow through Denver’s streets

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 28, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- Hours before Sen. Barack Obama would become the first black major party presidential nominee in American history, Romel Trusty is selling Obama T-shirts and hats at his street kiosk, adding to his usual business of imported clothing and handbags.

  • Add attack dog, energy maven to Reid’s titles

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 28, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seemed to establish a new role for himself Wednesday night — party attack man on Republican energy policy.

  • Far-left wing sees its best chance in decades but frets over pace of change

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 27, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- The most revealing moments at the Democratic National Convention aren’t happening in the hall or on the stage. They occur as activists, political operatives and thinkers gather at small forums around Denver to talk about the future.

  • How one die-hard Clinton supporter is swept from acceptance to conviction

    By Michael Mishak · Aug. 27, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    Anne Zarate listened to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, and remembered how angry she was as a Clinton delegate to the Nevada Democratic Party’s state convention in May.

  • Outside the arena, the tribes clamor

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 27, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- Intentionally or not, the Republicans pulled off a fairly brilliant political move that probably can’t be used again: Invite the press corps to hear potential Republican presidential running mate Mitt Romney speak a mile or so away from the core of the Democratic convention activities downtown.

  • Not much unity here

    By the Las Vegas Sun · Aug. 27, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- A demonstrator, above, who identified himself as Carlos Javier Garcia, is arrested by Aurora (Colo.) Police during demonstrations at Civic Center Park in Denver on Tuesday. A clash between protesting factions led to Garcia’s arrest when he stood too close to an opposing group and defied police orders to move.

  • Deciding when a steak dinner is education, not lobbying

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 26, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- An open and passionate man, Timothy E. Guertin is a chief executive with a story to tell, and he came to the Democratic National Convention to share it over dinner with potentially influential friends.

  • Reid’s role may signal a subtle lowering of profile

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 26, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    DENVER -- An open and passionate man, Timothy E. Guertin is a chief executive with a story to tell, and he came to the Democratic National Convention to share it over dinner with potentially influential friends.

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  • Denver's Unconventional Streets

    By Matt Toplikar · Aug. 28, 2008 · noon

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    Poker players, politicians, and celebrities came out in full force to raise money for the Paralyzed Veterans of America organization. The event was hosted by the Poker Players Alliance, an advocacy group that lobbies for internet poker, at Coors field in Denver, Tuesday night. Celebrity players included Ben Affleck, Sarah Silverman, Richard Dreyfus, Seth Meyers, and Montel Williams.

  • Denver's Unconventional Streets

    By Matt Toplikar · Aug. 28, 2008 · 7 a.m.

    New Industries Thrive

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    Outside the walls of the Democratic National Convention, the streets of Denver are buzzing with people of all types. From musicians to protesters to police officers, the city radiates excitement as residents and visitors prepare for the final day of the convention.

  • Blogging in the Big Tent

    By Matt Toplikar · Aug. 26, 2008 · 2 a.m.

    New Industries Thrive

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    During this year's Democratic National Convention, independent journalists and progressive activists gather under "The Big Tent" -- a large gathering outside the mainstream press area devoted to blogging. Major players in the blogosphere share their views on the movement's growing influence over U.S. politics. (1:45)

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  • As big as it looked

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 28, 2008 · 8:46 p.m.

    DENVER -- Well, you saw what we saw as Sen. Barack Obama "with profound gratitude and great humility" accepted the Democratic party's presidential nomination.

  • Filling it up

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 28, 2008 · 7:13 p.m.

    DENVER -- By the way, remember those nose bleed seats behind the stage?

  • Biden gives shout-out to Reid

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 28, 2008 · 5:33 p.m.

    DENVER -- VP nominee took to the stage and, if I heard right, just gave a shout out to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spotted on the floor.

  • Gore arrives to thundering welcome

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 28, 2008 · 5:57 p.m.

    DENVER -- The sun is dropping behind the stadium walls. Just a swath remains behind the stage, where about a dozen top rows still have open seats.

  • Nevada gets mentioned

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 28, 2008 · 3:22 p.m.

    DENVER -- Lots of music and speakers here in Invesco as the stands are filling up.

  • Crowds abuzz about Obama

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 28, 2008 · 2:27 p.m.

    DENVER -- I'm inside Invesco, miraculously. Imagine the crazy crowded lines at biggest concert you've ever been to, and multiply it by a very large number. People have come from everywhere to here. They're paying lots of money to park. They're waiting in hour-plus long lines that snake endlessly:

  • Roll call a landslide for Obama

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 27, 2008 · 3:53 p.m.

    DENVER -- The Democrats nominated Barack Obama in a landslide during the roll call vote today:

  • Berkley to take DNC stage tonight

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 27, 2008 · 11:57 a.m.

    DENVER -- Tonight’s also a big night for the rest of the Nevada delegation.

  • Reid revving up for tonight’s speech

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 27, 2008 · 11:52 a.m.

    DENVER -- Soft-spoken Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s shop is abuzz about the wallop he is expected to deliver tonight during his prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention.

  • Union card issue gets attention

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 27, 2008 · 11:49 a.m.

    DENVER -- Heard on the 6:40 a.m. drive to convention-world this morning: A radio ad highlighting Colorado Senate Republican candidate Bob Schaffer on the union card check issue.

  • John Kerry was there

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 27, 2008 · 10:03 a.m.

    DENVER -- Just saw Sen. John Kerry. Um, not sure what to say.

  • Reid: McCain doesn’t have temperament to be president

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 27, 2008 · 10:03 a.m.

    DENVER -- Hall was electric last night, the TV reviews seem lukewarm.

  • GOP giving sneak preview of convention

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 26, 2008 · 8:02 p.m.

    DENVER -- Republicans are doing their best to steer attention away from Denver, and one way to do that is to give sneak-previews of their convention next week in St. Paul.

  • Left wants Obama to listen

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 26, 2008 · 4:41 p.m.

    DENVER -- The day's highlights: Some earnest leftists demand Obama listen to them.

  • Misty-eyed, but nervous

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 26, 2008 · 10:59 a.m.

    DENVER -- Morning everybody. Coffee and water consumed, ready to begin day of high-altitude urban hiking.

  • Settling in at the convention

    By J. Patrick Coolican · Aug. 25, 2008 · 7:49 p.m.

    DENVER -- Sorry reader(s). The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of trying to get this figured out, and colleague Jon Ralston sums it up: "Assume everything will be a hassle."

  • Converging at the convention

    By Lisa Mascaro · Aug. 24, 2008 · 10:19 a.m.

    WASHINGTON -- Leaving Washington, D.C., this crisp, late-summer morning to join my Winning the West colleagues at the Democratic National Convention in Denver feels like leaving one bubble for another. Inside the Beltway to inside the convention hall.

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