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McCain Responds to "Arab" Epithet at Rally: "Obama a Decent Family Man"

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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John McCain supporter Gayle Quinnell told the crowd at a McCain Rally in Minnesota that "Obama is an Arab." McCain took away the microphone but fa...

VIDEO>> McCain Refuses To Meet With Anti-War Iraq Veterans

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War marched to the convention center in St. Paul yesterday, as they did in Denver, where they delivered a letter to Obama. The GOP nominee would not meet with the vets.

Police Raid Protester Houses In Advance Of Republican Convention

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Authorities acting under untested preventive riot statutes burst into the private residences in full riot gear, handcuffed residents and carted away computers. Bloggers Glen Greenwald and Jane Hamsher visited the homes during the raids.

Anti-Abortion Operation Rescue Leader, Others, Arrested Outside Convention Center

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Anti-abortion protesters, including Randall Terry, national director of Operation Rescue, blocked the entrance to the perimeter of the Pepsi Center yesterday, holding signs aloft and praying. Thirteen were arrested.

Interfaith Meeting Protesters Ejected

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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At the Democratic National Convention interfaith service both secular and fundamentalist protesters were ejected from the service. One of the prot...

Protesters, Counterprotesters, Police Meet Peacefully In Denver

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Recreate68 is one of the controversially-named progressive groups organizing demonstrations and other activities at the 2008 DNC in Denver. The UpT...

Obama Advisor Jamal Simmons Analyzes Michelle's Speech

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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"She was sensitive and showed some vulnerability. I think that's who she is. What we've been seeing about her over the course of the campaign are snippets -- 30 seconds here, 10 seconds there, Republicans slicing and dicing what she's saying into the smallest 6 seconds."

Michelle Obama Makes History Tonight

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Michelle Obama addresses the DNC during "prime time" tonight. There's a lot riding on that speech. For some perspective, we talked to Wendi C. Thomas, a columnist from The Commercial Appeal Memphis who is writing about the racial history being made at the convention.

Stevie Wonder Soundtracks Obama's Near-Stunner in Ind.

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Stevie Wonder extemporized a soundtrack for Obama-maniacs in Indianapolis Monday. Uptake Reporter Citizen Kate experiences the joys and frustrations of a life as a citizen journalist.

Hillary Rallies Indiana With John Mellencamp and Mary Steenburgen

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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At a Hillary rally in Indiana, John Mellencamp played a song. Mary Steenburgen told me that she and Hill are gal pals and that their daughters grew up together and that Hillary brags about Chelsea.

Arcade Fire And Superchunk Host Obama Concert

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Local indie band Superchunk and indie hotness of the moment - Arcade Fire - get the groove on for Obama in Carrboro, North Carolina.

PA Election Day: Turnout and Voting Machine Issues

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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On the ground reporting of morning turnout and voting machine problems in Pennsylvania.

Clinton Rally: "We Gotta Win Big"

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Rob Reiner impressed on the crowd that Hillary needs to "win big" in Pennsylvania just to stay in contention. It was refreshing to hear one of her dedicated followers say something like that out loud.

Watering the Pennsylvania Grassroots

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Last-minute adrenaline-fueled volunteer recruitment in Pennsylvania: it looks miserable, fun, rumpled, regimented, silly and important at once. A snapshot of our mad democracy in action.

Polishing the Rust Belt

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Lehigh Valley, PA, is in transition: recession and recovery exist side by side. People want more change. So small business owners in this corner of the Rust Belt at least are leaning toward Obama.

Your Debate Review In ABC's allotted 30 Seconds

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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ABC News told news organizations that they can only use 30 seconds of video from Wednesday night's debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Is that all we need?

NWA/Delta Merger: What About The Workers?

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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"Northwest and Delta are talking about merging. It would be the largest airline company in the world. But what about jobs? It's just one more way for a couple of rich guys to get richer."

Norm Coleman Says Republican Party Represents "Highest Ideals"

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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"I really do believe our (Republican) party represents the highest ideals of what America is about". Coleman told an appreciative St. Cloud coffee shop audience. "We believe in quality jobs for the working men and women".