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1968 Democratic National Convention

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Can we all just take a deep breath? I'm speaking to many Democratic voters as well as the bulk of the mainstream media here, just to clarify. Because far too many seem to currently be going off the deep end. But from where I sit, this is an overreaction to a very short-term situation.

Senator McCarthy's Campaign Had a More Profound Impact Than Sanders' Revolution

Rob Hahn | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Rob Hahn

While there are similarities between the two campaigns - namely the underdog factor, an incendiary issue and the involvement of young voters - the McCarthy campaign of 1968 still claims a much more profound impact on electoral politics not only in its less-than-one-year existence but for generations that followed.

A Republican President and Democratic Vice President?

Michael Zucker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Zucker

A Republican Party that rejects Donald Trump after he had led the entire field by substantial margins for almost a year could stimulate a seismic political revolt leading to a third party campaign. Trumpites would legitimately complain that the nomination had been stolen from him.

Unpacking the Role of the Superdelegate in the Democratic Party Primary

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Akshan deAlwis

In 2016 the reality of superdelegates has flipped, placing Hillary Clinton -- who put 18 million cracks in the glass-ceiling in 2008 -- as the perceived oppressive establishment candidate taking advantage of the superdelegate.

Is Ted Cruz the Next Barry Goldwater

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The most memorable political party convention in modern history remains the 1968 Democratic Convention, made famous by images of police brutality on t...

Buckley and Vidal: Best of Enemies and the Dawn of Theatrical Journalism

Jon Eig | Posted 06.22.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The realization that two such brilliant minds -- the brightest of their generation -- could allow personal hatred and the burning desire to win at all costs completely derail any semblance of useful debate is the real heartbreak of Best of Enemies.

Blood on Their Hands: The Racist History of Modern Police Unions

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.16.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Police unions further the-all-too-accurate conception that the police are an occupying force in poor communities of color, and are antithetical in principle and action to the progressive principles of the labor movement.

PHOTOS: '68 Democratic Convention Chaos, 44 Years Later

Posted 08.28.2012 | Chicago

Forty-four years ago Tuesday, Chicago played host to an event that would offer the world some of the city's most iconic -- and disturbing -- images in...

PHOTOS: '68 Democratic Convention Brought Chaos To Chicago

Posted 05.18.2012 | Chicago

In the months preceding the long-anticipated NATO summit's arrival in Chicago, some feared a repeat of the chaos and violence of the 1968 Democratic N...

'Don't Shoot: We Are Your Children' | Posted 11.30.2011 | Fifty

Conventional wisdom guru John Heileman suggested yesterday in New York magazine that the next phase of the Occupy Wall Street movement might be "about...

The Pulpit of Bullies

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Politicians and politics as usual have given voters much about which to be mad; furious, in fact. But bullying is different. It comes from insecurity and fear, and lashes out with tactics of intimidation.

My Political Baptism by Fire: The Riotous Democratic Convention in Chicago, 42 Years Ago This Week

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

With a hot political season to come, I can't help recalling the first major political event I covered 42 years ago this week. It was the infamous Democratic convention in Chicago, when the conflict in the streets turned bloody.

It's Always the Old to Lead Us to the War/It's Always the Young to Fall

Freddie Gershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

I think of Phil Ochs on July 4. Phil was a cult contemporary of Bob Dylan from the 60s and 70s. And Phil wrote a song called "Another Country."

Forty Years After Chicago, We Have Not Found the Things We Lost

Judy Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Collins

The Chicago Seven were very serious peace activists and were baited into a festival of confusion instead of a festival of life in Chicago in 1968, launched to take the focus off the war.

That's The Way It Wasn't

Sam Leff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Leff

Some forty years after Walter Cronkite told it like it was and called the Chicago of 1968 "a police state," Tom Brokaw, A.O. Scott, and Andie Tucher told their own versions -- like it wasn't.

Change the World? Give a Kid a Book

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

She was the town's meter maid -- a plus-sized meter maid, and not "the most comely of maidens." One day after choir, she handed me a book, saying simply: "I think you will like this."

Protesters Rally As 1968 Democratic Convention Riot Police Hold Reunion

Chicago Tribune | Lauren R. Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than 70 people gathered on the Near West Side Friday night to protest a reunion of Chicago police officers who served during demonstrations at th...

Information Gone Wild: Good News about Alerts

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Laermer

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings. Check your inbox. It's a Google Alert!

Hoping Denver 2008 Won't be Chicago 1968

Monroe Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monroe Anderson

I have the dubious distinction of being one of the first journalists to be beaten by the Chicago police in 1968. I was a witness on the outside back then, and I'm a witness on the inside this week.

1968 to 2008: We Must Not Screw This Up

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Arnold

Forty years ago my family was taking its annual vacation, which in the summer of 1968 was a trip to the Democratic National Convention, where my fathe...