The Chronicle Covers The Conventions

Hofstra’s student newspaper covers the national conventions.

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More Protesters…And More Police, Too

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Protesters are marching on the Republican National Convention again Thursday, in a demonstration called “No peace for the warmakers.”

Here’s a shot taken by Flickr user JasonB4 on his iPhone showing police gearing up for the protesters.

–Samuel Rubenfeld


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September 4, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Romney Attacks ‘Liberal’ Washington

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ripped into what he called liberal Washington during his prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention.

“We need change all right – change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington – throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain,” he said.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

VIDEO: Meet New York’s Youngest Republican Delegate

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MINNEAPOLIS–The Chronicle caught up with Spencer Grace, New York’s youngest Republican delegate, at the age of 18. He hails from Syracuse, N.Y., and has spent his time “going to dinner” with the older delegates:

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–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Joe Lieberman: I May Be A Democrat, But Not For Long

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.), the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, delivered a bipartisan message on behalf of his friend, Republican candidate John McCain, but he did not resist delighting in negative attacks on Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

“I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party,” Lieberman said.

He emphasized McCain’s maverick streak: “If John McCain was just another go-along partisan politician, he never would have taken on corrupt Republican lobbyists, or big corporations that were cheating the American people, or powerful colleagues in Congress who were wasting taxpayer money. But he did”

Then the meat. After praising Barack Obama’s speaking ability, he added “eloquence is no substitute for a record.

“In the Senate he has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party,” Lieberman said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was not happy with Lieberman’s speech.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 3:26 am

Fred Thompson: McCain, I Know How You Must Feel

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By Samuel Rubenfeld


ST. PAUL, Minn.–In the film “Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson plays an air traffic controller who tells the hero, John McClaine, he knows how McClaine feels after not being able to help civilians out of a crashing aircraft.

While telling John McCain’s story of how his aircraft was shot down in Vietnam and a dying pilot called to check on him, Thompson echoed his own character from the action film. His chilling narrative of McCain’s time in the “Hanoi Hilton” brought the normally chaotic convention floor to an attentive and solemn silence.

Thompson was at times folksy and other times fiery. He mixed vitriolic red meat with a certain southern geniality missing in his own presidential campaign that sputtered out of the gate, and led him to drop out early, but Tuesday night he was on fire.

“If you want to know who John McCain is, if you want to know what John McCain values, look to the men and women who wear America’s uniform today,” Thompson said. “John himself barely dodged death in the inferno and could’ve returned to the States with his ship. Instead, he volunteered for combat on another carrier that was undermanned from losing so many pilots.”

His attacks on Democratic nominee Barack Obama were hard-hitting, and sometimes downright vicious.

“Democrats present a history making nominee for president,” Thompson said to loud cheers. “History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.

“Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history-making, Democrat controlled Congress,” he said. “History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.”

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September 3, 2008 at 3:12 am

President George W. Bush Speaking Via Satellite

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Refer to my Twitter page for live micro-blogging during President George W. Bush’s speech from Washington via satellite.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Partisans On Opposing Sides Come Together For Education Discussion

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MINNEAPOLIS–A panel featuring partisans from left wing and right wing of U.S. politics discussed the need for education reform in a forum at the Marriott City Center here.

Speakers included Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Rev. Al Sharpton.

“We need to get on the solution side of the problem,” Pawlenty said during his remarks, adding that education needs to be tailored to the individual needs of students.

Gingrich said lagging math and science test scores are a major priority for him, second only to national security concerns.

He praised Barack Obama’s handling of the situation involving Palin’s teenage daughter when answering questions before his presentation.

“It’s a human situation, which they’re dealing with in a human way,” Gingrich said. “And I think anyone who tries to take political advantage of that will suffer substantially from the American people because it will be so despicable.”

“And I think, frankly, Sen. Obama did a beautiful job yesterday of indicating how decisively and strongly he felt that children are not part of this debate.’

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Sharpton made his only appearance here at the Republican National Convention to discuss education problems in urban areas, especially New York City. When only 33 percent of black students graduate high school in Detroit, he said, “something just isn’t working,” and received a stunningly huge ovation, considering the ideology of the crowd. Then he said he couldn’t stay for the whole event, because he had to do his “fair and balanced” coverage of “your convention.”

Sharpton was flagged down by reporters, including The Chronicle, as he left the Marriot:

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After he spoke, Pawlenty answered questions from the news media, and he had no comment on The Chronicle’s question about whether Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter should mean anything to educators, especially of sex education.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 1:36 pm