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How Did Mitt Do?

Romney made the biggest speech of his life Thursday night. Was it good enough to move the needle in a close election battle? Daily Beast contributors weigh in on all things RNC.

Occupy the RNC?!

New York protesters got their populist point across with hand-scrawled signage. Is the same thing happening at Mitt’s nomination party? Blake Gopnik on why the DIY vibe in Tampa may not be legit.
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“HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT,” “END CORPORATE WELFARE NOW,” “WALL $TREET = OUT OF CONTROL $GREED$”, reads one set of messages, put out at last year’s occupation of New York’s Zuccotti Park. “Hispanics for Mitt,” “WE [heart] Ann,” “WE BUILT IT,” reads another, at this week’s Republican National Convention.

Who’s the RNC Mystery Speaker?

Clint Eastwood? Nancy Reagan? Rumors are flying over who might be tonight’s unannounced guest at the Republican National Convention. We asked our readers on Twitter to guess the #RNCSurprise.

Is it Clint Eastwood? A hologram of Ronald Reagan? Or maybe it's his wife, Nancy, who will show up as tonight's mystery guest? Rumors are flying over the "to be announced" open slot on the Republican National Convention's schedule, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus isn't showing anyone his cards.

Tampa’s Titanic TV Fights

Jon Voight vs. Michelle Goldberg; Geraldo Rivera vs. Meghan McCain. Lauren Ashburn on why people go off in front of the cameras.
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Sometimes when two people are sitting in front of a camera, they say things they wouldn't ordinarily say if they were rubbing elbows with each other at a cocktail party. Pointed, aggressive, sometimes outright hostile things that can make onlookers cringe—but that we in the business call good television.

Mitt Meets His Moment

Can this guarded man deliver the speech of his life? Howard Kurtz on what Romney needs to do to connect with the television audience.
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Now it all comes down to whether the man who insists he's more businessman than politician can make the political speech of his life.The convention speakers thus far have sketched an outline of Mitt Romney, but the portrait still feels strikingly incomplete.

Leave Unions Alone!

Union leaders braved the Tampa weather to protest a Republican platform that they say is killing organized labor. Lynn Waddell on what this means for the middle class.
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More than 200 teachers, pipe fitters, and other public and private union workers marched in Tampa’s muggy heat on Wednesday night, chanting against a Republican platform that union leaders say may be the death knell of organized labor.

Mitt’s Man on Wall Street

Mitt Romney’s devilish finance chairman is the hedge-funder’s hedge-funder, bringing jocular jibes and serious dough to the Republican National Convention. Alex Klein gets him to open up.
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On Wednesday, as Mitt Romney’s mega-donors clinked glasses aboard a Caymans flag-bearing yacht, one of his biggest, ballsiest bundlers was nowhere to be seen. Anthony Scaramucci, Mitt’s Wall Street matchmaker, has had a busy Republican National Convention.

Five Things to Watch at the RNC

The GOP is bringing out more big guns on the third and final day of the convention. From to Newt Gingrich to Jeb Bush, check out The Daily Beast’s guide to which speeches to watch and which to skip.
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Remarks by Newt and Callista GingrichIf you thought Newt University was fun, the remarks by Mitt Romney’s former primary opponent and wife, Callista, are sure to be a hoot. The Gingriches will take the stage following a video on Ronald Reagan’s legacy and speak on “applying the principles of Ronald Reagan to 2012,” Newt told CNN.

Striking Photos of the RNC

With the Republican convention under way, photographer Charles Ommanney gives us an inside look at the festivities in Tampa. From the Texas delegates’ Lone Star flair to a united Mitt and Ann Romney, see the best shots.
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From the delegates to the protesters to Ann Romney, Charles Ommanney’s inside look at the convention.

The Wars Rice & McCain Left Out

On foreign policy night at the GOP convention, Bush vet Condoleezza Rice and surge booster John McCain delivered speeches full of platitudes about American strength but skimpy on the disasters they championed—the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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Republicans like to talk about individual responsibility. In case you haven’t heard, it’s what makes America great.So let’s apply the concept to foreign policy night at the Republican convention. The evening featured Condoleezza Rice, who served as national security adviser and then secretary of state in the administration of George W.

6 Best Moments From Ryan’s Speech

The GOP’s vice presidential pick went back to his roots with a speech aimed at the American everyman worried about taxes, Medicare, and raising kids, while taking harsh swipes at the Obama administration’s record. See the highlights.
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Just a Small-Town BoyPaul Ryan is eager to present himself as your rags-to-riches kind of guy. Telling an audience about his small-town childhood, he was quick to point out that he hasn’t gone far (physically). “I live on the same block where I grew up.

Mitt’s Missing Character Narrative

In his nomination speech Thursday the GOP nominee needs to cite core facts of his life that helped shape his character, and offer signs of struggle and success Americans can be inspired by, whether it is his Mormon faith or time as a missionary in France.
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Mitt Romney’s nomination speech is receiving final edits as you read this—examined to make sure every essential theme is included, every phrase shined and sharpened.But Romney has an additional burden in this nomination address—he needs to fill in the missing character narrative at the core of his campaign.

The Inner Mitt

Mitt will give a pitch-perfect, button-down speech accepting the GOP nomination Thursday night. But what if he said what he really thinks? If only he could figure out what that is. By Matt Latimer.
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Making the obligatory rounds with the press corps to preview Thursday night’s acceptance speech, Mitt Romney, the regent of references last uttered by characters on Happy Days, quoted Popeye the Sailor Man: “I am what I am and that’s all that I am,” Romney said to Fox News.

Ryan’s Web of Lies

Paul Ryan pushed American politics into new territory with his convention speech, effectively daring Democrats and the media to call him out on his string of blatant falsehoods.
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It just boggles the mind to imagine how Paul Ryan can stand up there and lash Barack Obama for abandoning Bowles-Simpson when he did exactly that himself. Or for taking $716 billion out of Medicare that Ryan’s own budget also removes from Medicare.

The Ron Paul Rebellion Fizzles

A group of Paulites walked out of the convention hall Wednesday night. Michelle Goldberg on one of the few intriguing story lines straying from Tampa’s tedious script.
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Last night, as John McCain was in the middle of a speech accusing Obama of weakening American national security, several dozen Ron Paul delegates leapt to their feet and started chanting, “As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation!” before marching out the door, through the hallways at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and into the steamy evening.

Paul Ryan’s Wonk Attack!

The vice presidential nominee used a folksy style and policy chops to make the case against the incumbent. Howard Kurtz on why his speech was effective.
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Paul Ryan made a generational pitch for fresh leadership on Wednesday, slamming the Obama administration with these words: “Fear and division is all they’ve got left.”Stepping into the national spotlight at the Republican convention, the vice presidential nominee wasted no time praising Mitt Romney’s “character and decency.

What Do You Think?

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AUTOTUNE: Paul Ryan Trims the Fat

Before Mitt Romney's veep pick takes the stage at the Republican convention tonight, get to know the hunky congressman with this musical supercut. What's he really all about? Two words: muscle confusion.

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The Highlights

5 Must-See Moments from the Republican Convention

5 Must-See Moments from the Republican Convention

Clint Eastwood delivers a crazy monologue and more memorable moments from Tampa.

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Leave Chris Christie Alone

Enough With the Fat Jokes!

Enough With the Fat Jokes!

From Chris Matthews to Mark Shields, WATCH VIDEO of the most egregious jabs at Chris Christie’s weight.


Soundtrack to the Convention

Hear the RNC Playlist!

Hear the RNC Playlist!

From ‘American Idol’ vet Taylor Hicks to Christian rockers The Kantinas, the songs of the convention.

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