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Rundown for September 4, 2012
12:06 PM EDT Comment

Democrats Plan Hard Fight In North Carolina

President Obama won North Carolina by about 14,000 votes in 2008. But Rick Thames, editor of the Charlotte Observer, says Obama faces a challenge to win the state this year.

12:15 PM EDT 11 Comments

The View From Church: President Obama’s First Term

We stopped by the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina to see how the African-American community views President Obama.

12:35 PM EDT Comment

Behind In Fundraising, Democrats Look To Convention As ‘Last Best Hope’

Politico reports that Democratic operatives feel the DNC may be their last best chance to catch up with conservative Super PACS.

12:40 PM EDT Comment

Speeches From Conventions Past

We look at convention speeches– sometimes it’s the losing candidate who comes up with the real winner.

12:50 PM EDT Comment

Michelle Obama Expected To Highlight President’s Softer Side

First Lady Michelle Obama will take the podium at the DNC tonight. Much like Ann Romney, Mrs. Obama is expected to focus on her husband’s humanity.

12:55 PM EDT Comment

Tweeting Political Poetry In ‘Tweet Land Of Liberty’

Author Elinor Lipman has vowed on both Facebook and Twitter to write a political poem on Twitter every day until the election.

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From MIA to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

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Throughout the week, Here & Now is looking at the impact a raise in the minimum wage would have on states, the federal government and workers.

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One Breast Cancer Advocate On Why She Hates Fundraising Walks

Karuna Jaggar, who runs a breast cancer organization, expresses her concerns about the impact of large-scale fundraising walks.

Sitar Player Anoushka Shankar’s New Album Responds To Refugee Crisis

Shankar said she decided to focus her new album, titled "Land of Gold," on the refugee crisis.

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Hurt Jobs?

We examine how increasing the minimum wage impacts the overall economy and job sector.

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DJ Sessions: From Southern Fried Soul To Dance Party Duos

In this week's DJ Sessions, we spoke with KCRW's Raul Campos about "southern fried soul" from Texas and a dance duo from Los Angeles.