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Breaking With Convention

Breaking with Convention: War, Peace and the Presidency Extended daily two-hour broadcast from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to report from the streets, to the suites, to the convention floor. Tune in Aug 27–Sep 7. View our special convention page.

Top Stories

  • Jennifer_granholm
    Among the more attention-grabbing speeches on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention Thursday was a rousing address by former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm....
    Sep 07, 2012 | Story
  • Kevin_a_gray_-_dnc_2012
    With the Democratic National Convention taking place in North Carolina — and last week’s Republican National Convention in Florida — we look at the political landscape...
    Sep 05, 2012 | Story
  • Karl_rove-dnc_2012
    Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Sheelah Kolhatkar attended an exclusive fundraiser on the final day of the Republican National Convention. Speaking to a group of hedge fund...
    Sep 05, 2012 | Story
  • Dennis_kucinich-dnc2012
    Many of the opening night speeches at the Democratic National Convention laid the foundation for a convention designed to remind voters what they liked about Obama when they first supported him in 2008. On the convention floor Tuesday night, we interview two former presidential candidates, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rev. Jesse Jackson. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 05, 2012 | Story
  • Liz_bartolomeo-dnc2012
    The celebratory mood in Charlotte was on display Tuesday night as thousands of delegates kicked off the Democratic National Convention and millions watched on TV. But the political party continues beyond what the public sees on prime-time broadcasts or even inside the convention center. There are exclusive events underway that range from corporate-sponsored parties hosted by the powerful Democratic Governors Association to a Super-O-Rama party...
    Sep 05, 2012 | Story
  • Michelle_obama_-_dnc2012
    The 2012 Democratic National Convention kicked off in Charlotte on Tuesday with a heavy focus on President Obama’s achievements on issues ranging from healthcare and women’s rights to immigration and ending combat operations in Iraq. We hear excerpts of the speeches of three speakers: women’s equality leader Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill President Obama signed into law; San...
    Sep 05, 2012 | Story
  • People_power_now!
    On Sunday, ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, more than 1,000 people gathered for a March on Wall Street South. Before the march kicked off, speakers from organizations around the country gathered in Charlotte’s Frazier Park. We hear some of their voices. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 04, 2012 | Story
  • Rev_barber_-_dnc_2012
    Early voting begins in North Carolina on Thursday, nearly two months before Election Day. Once again, the state is seen as a key battleground state. In 2008, President Obama won the state becoming the first Democrat to do so since Jimmy Carter in 1976. We’re joined by Rev. Dr. William Barber, a grassroots leader deeply involved in the fight to preserve voting rights in North Carolina and to mobilize unregistered voters. Barber is...
    Sep 04, 2012 | Story
  • Undocubus-dnc2012
    One of the first acts of civil disobedience at the Democratic National Convention took place Tuesday just outside the Time Warner Cable Center when a group of 10 undocumented activists rode into uptown Charlotte aboard the "No Papers, No Fear–Ride for Justice" bus and blocked traffic. The activists have been riding aboard the "UndocuBus" protesting the Obama administration’s immigration policies for the past six...
    Sep 05, 2012 | Story
  • Burke-adelson
    When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed our video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. While Adelson’s daughter first accused Burke of hitting her, she later came out of the suite to apologize. The...
    Aug 30, 2012 | Story
  • Koch
    When conservative billionaire David Koch sat down as a member of the New York delegation Thursday night on the floor of the Republican National Convention, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman attempted to ask him one question: "Mr. Koch, do you think unchecked concentration of wealth will undermine democracy?" While Koch started to answer, the delegates and security around him stood up, one by one, creating a human wall between them. One...
    Aug 31, 2012 | Story
  • Amys_column_default
    By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
    Convention was gaveled into session Tuesday, outside in the rain, in the paramilitarized heart of Charlotte, democracy in its finest form found expression.
    Sep 05, 2012 | Columns & Articles
  • Sandra_fluke-dnc_2012
    Sandra Fluke became famous after Republicans barred her from testifying at a congressional hearing in favor of insurance coverage for contraception. Right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted Fluke on his program, calling her a "slut" and saying she should be required to post sex videos online. The episode prompted President Obama to personally call Fluke to offer words of encouragement. Six months later, Fluke took center...
    Sep 06, 2012 | Story
  • John_lewis
    Among the speakers on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Thursday was the legendary civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis. During the 1960s, Lewis was arrested more than 40 times and beaten almost to death as he served as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped organize the Freedom Rides, campaigned for Robert Kennedy’s...
    Sep 07, 2012 | Story
  • Sa_embassador
    As President Obama seeks four more years in the White House, we turn to a voice from Africa: South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, who was once imprisoned with Nelson Mandela. Rasool discusses the Obama presidency, the militarization of Africa, Islamophobia, the recent police killing of 34 striking South African miners and his 2006 meeting with then-Senator Obama in South Africa. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 07, 2012 | Story
  • Obama_2
    Accepting his party’s nomination, President Obama brought the Democratic National Convention to a close Thursday with a vow to fix the nation’s economic problems while protecting the environment. Calling the 2012 election a pivotal moment in the battle against climate change, Obama criticized Republicans who say global warming is a hoax, but also gave support for natural gas drilling and "clean coal." [includes rush...
    Sep 07, 2012 | Story
  • Debate
    As President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination to seek four more years in the White House, we host a debate on his presidency with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University and author of numerous books. Ford calls Obama the "more effective evil" for embracing right-wing policies and neutralizing effective opposition, while Dyson argues Obama provides the best and obvious choice...
    Sep 07, 2012 | Story
  • Obama_1
    President Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night with an appeal for another four years to continue with the platform of "change" he was elected on in 2008. "If you reject the notion that this nation’s promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election," Obama said. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 07, 2012 | Story
  • Melissa_harris-perry
    As President Obama prepares to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination, we’re joined by two guests: Melissa Harris-Perry, host of the show "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC, professor of political science at Tulane University, and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South; and by Kevin Alexander Gray, a civil rights activist and community organizer in Columbia, South...
    Sep 06, 2012 | Story
  • Betsy_taylor
    A group of Democratic donors have announced they will withhold some of their financial support from President Obama’s re-election campaign for not speaking out more about climate change. The group of roughly 100 political donors say Obama should directly address mocking by Republican rival Mitt Romney on climate change last week during his acceptance speech in Tampa. President Obama is also being urged to use his acceptance speech...
    Sep 06, 2012 | Story
  • Israel-dnc_2012
    Controversy erupted at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday when party leaders forced through a platform change to reinstate references to God and the view that Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital. The language in question was included in 2008, but was left out when delegates approved their 2012 platform earlier this week. At the reported behest of President Obama, DNC chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...
    Sep 06, 2012 | Story
  • Benjamin_jealous-dnc2012
    NAACP President Ben Jealous joins us to discuss what some are calling the greatest wave of legislative assaults on voting rights in more than half a century. As shifting demographics give more weight to voters in the South, eight of 11 states in the former Confederacy have passed restrictive voting laws since the 2010 election. Republicans have led the effort, saying voter ID laws prevent fraud. But others call it a political ploy to suppress...
    Sep 06, 2012 | Story
  • Lilly_ledbetter-dnc_2012
    The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is named for a female employee of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company who was paid 40 percent less than male colleagues doing the same job for 19 years. Ledbetter lost her gender pay discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear after the Supreme Court ruled she did not file a complaint on time. One day after addressing the Democratic National Convention, Ledbetter joins us to discuss her journey from victim of...
    Sep 06, 2012 | Story