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LeBron James’ return is bigger for Cleveland than it is for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Lebron's return is bigger than basketball. Much, much bigger than basketball.

Are the Democrats getting a “stadium bounce”?

A reader with experience in both the Tampa and Charlotte venues says that the Democrats have the advantage.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 5, 2012

So what did we learn from the Republican National Convention?

It seems like the case for Paul Ryan has gone from "bold truthteller" to "well, all politicians lie and deceive." But what Romney and Ryan said is less interesting than what they didn't say.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 2, 2012

Why you should read the Republican Party platform

A poll released this week by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press included an unexpected result: Americans said they were more interested in the party platforms released during the conventions than the speeches. They're right.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 1, 2012

Why party conventions still matter: An interview with historian Julian Zelizer

Republican and Democratic party conventions are no longer quite as important as they used to be--they're now little more than four-day scripted commercials. And yet, says historian Julian Zelizer, they still matter quite a bit, and can often change the course of political history in unexpected ways.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 1, 2012

The GOP’s surprisingly loose convention

There was tremendous political talent on display at the Republican National Convention. But the surprise, for me at least, was how poorly scripted it was.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 31, 2012

The trends behind Romney’s numbers

Romney didn't lie last night. Every one of his claims was true as he phrased it. But a viewer could be forgiven for thinking that poverty and inflation have been at unprecedented highs under Obama. They haven't.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 31, 2012

Romney’s speech: Where was the policy?

By my count, Barack Obama's 2008 convention speech spent 768 words describing his domestic and economic policies. Romney's speech spent 260 words. There was almost no mention -- and absolutely no description -- of his budget, tax, health care or Medicare plans.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 31, 2012

Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Day 3 of the Republican National Convention

Here's a recap of what happened on the final day of the Republican National Convention.

  • Evan Soltas
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  • Aug 31, 2012

Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Day 2 of the Republican National Convention

Here's a look at what happened on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention.

  • Evan Soltas
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  • Aug 30, 2012

A very strange argument for Mitt Romney

Chris Christie and Paul Ryan hit the same themes. We have hard choices facing us. We need leaders who won’t be deterred by the polls. Leaders who won’t duck the tough issues. Leaders who won’t hide the hard truths. Do any of these lines really sound like a description of Mitt Romney?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 30, 2012

Everything you know about Paul Ryan’s budget is (probably) wrong

Tonight is going to be Paul Ryan night. Which means it’s going to be Paul Ryan budget night. So here's a quick refresher on what it actually does, which is very different from what most people think it does.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 29, 2012

Republican National Convention: Five thoughts on day one

When your two primetime speakers can't agree as to the convention's position on love, you've got problems.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 29, 2012

The 10 oddest items in the GOP platform

Any party platform is necessarily a compromise between a number of different interest groups. Inevitably, there are always some odd or puzzling policy items that make it in. Here are 10 of the more unexpected items inside this year's Republican platform.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 29, 2012

Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about day one of the Republican National Convention

Missed Tuesday's coverage? We'll catch you up.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 29, 2012

The media gets convention coverage backward

We're sending 15,000 journalists to an event where, by and large, no real news is going to happen. It's a ridiculous use of journalistic talent. A party convention isn't where you need people skilled at gathering and uncovering new information. It's where you need cameras.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 28, 2012

Wonkbook: Party interrupted

Hurricane Isaac will overtake the first day of the Republican convention, complicating Romney's efforts to reintroduce himself to the public and unite an increasingly fractious party.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 27, 2012