A welcome break at the DNC courtesy of James Taylor.

A welcome break at the DNC courtesy of James Taylor.

When President Obama finishes his acceptance speech Thursday night, there will ensue 61 days of the most negative, spirit-sapping political discourse most of us have ever seen. But for a moment here in Charlotte, we get to forget about all of that and enjoy the work of a great artist.

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DNC: It’s the weather and ONLY the weather.

DNC: It’s the weather and ONLY the weather.

According to a "senior official with the Obama campaign," the decision to abandon plans to conclude the Democratic convention Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium was made solely because of concern for the possibility of dangerous weather and not because the campaign fears an inability to fill all of the seats.

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Photos from Tuesday night at the DNC in Charlotte.

Photos from Tuesday night at the DNC in Charlotte.

It was a big opening night at the Democratic National Convention. A Texan in the person of San Antonio mayor Julian Castro gave the keynote address and First Lady Michelle Obama provided the evening's finale with her much-anticipated speech on behalf of her husband.

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Dems apparently don’t think $16 trillion is an issue.

Dems apparently don’t think $16 trillion is an issue.

The Tuesday night speakers at the Democratic convention talked about an array of social programs and benefits that they believe will strengthen the republic. Yet not once did the subject of the massive borrowing to fund such programs come up. Are Dems willfully ignoring the subject on the belief that it's bad politics. Or is truly not a concern to them?

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Last night of DNC may stay at the TWC Arena

Last night of DNC may stay at the TWC Arena

According to an article in London's Daily Mail newspaper, Democratic National Convention organizers are actively considering scrapping plans to hold the last night of the convention at Bank of America Stadium for fear that the event will attract far less than the sellout crowd Obama drew four years ago in Denver's Mile High Stadium.

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Jim Hoffa and I go at it at the DNC in Charlotte.

Jim Hoffa and I go at it at the DNC in Charlotte.

The last name Hoffa is the title of a 1992 movie starring Jack Nicholson. Jim Hoffa is the son of the man who was the subject of that movie (and others) and, like his father, is the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. We spoke with him about labor, right-to-work laws, the state of Texas and other matters here on Radio Row at the Democratic National Convention.

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