Free speech doesn't draw a crowd You don't have to have credentials to speak to delegates at the Republican National Convention this week. That's because the city of St. Paul a free speech venue, called the open forum stage.4:49 p.m.
Palin mocks Obama; McCain claims nomination Claiming her historic spot on the
Republican ticket, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin mocked
Barack Obama's experience and promise of change Wednesday night and
pledged to help John McCain upend the Washington establishment.6:08 p.m.
What Minnesota delegates want to hear from Palin's speech Anticipation is growing for vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech at the RNC tonight. Minnesota delegates have been talking about what the Alaska governor needs to accomplish tonight to appeal to a wider national audience.6:12 p.m.
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As Alaska Governor, Timing, Instinct Aided Palin
Although she's been governor for less than two years, Alaska's Sarah Palin has been dubbed a tough-minded ethics crusader willing to take on pork-barrel spending. Timing, political instinct and Alaska's swollen coffers may have much to do with her popularity.
GOP's Huckabee Has Advice For McCain, Palin
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was one of the contenders in the GOP presidential primaries. He says John McCain must remind Americans why he's prepared for the job. Huckabee also has advice for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: "Don't be afraid of who you are."
At GOP Convention, A Young Star Rises
One of the rising stars at the Republican National Convention is a young woman named Princella Smith. She works for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's new think tank and at 24, she's often the youngest person in the room.
Russian Literary Boom Linked To Authoritarianism
Literary critics feared that after the Soviet collapse, the easy availability of popular romance novels and thrillers would seduce Russian readers away from deeper works. Now they attribute a literary revival to the country's new authoritarianism.
'Cuckoo's Nest' Hospital Being Replaced
Oregon is replacing the infamous mental hospital portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with a new facility. Dr. Marvin D. Fickle, former superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital, calls it a "fairly gloomy kind of place."
Terrebone Parish, La., Recovers After Gustav
Hurricane Gustav made landfall in Terrebonne Parish, La., on Monday. Mayor Vernon Bourgeois says that starting Saturday the parish will allow residents to check on their property and leave. He says the area is still not safe for residents to come back and stay.
Gustav Evacuees Eager To Return Home
Hurricane Gustav forced the evacuation of almost 2 million people and now they all want to go home. That is a problem because much of southeast Louisiana is not yet habitable. Streets are littered with debris and medical service is limited.
Hurricane Forecaster Offers Insight On Storms
Forecasters have been busy in recent days tracking Hurricane Gustav as well as tropical storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine. Christopher Landsea, science and operations officer at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says it's difficult to predict a hurricane's speed.
Letters: Gustav Evacuee
A New Orleans resident who had evacuated to a state-run shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana, described the conditions there as poor. The state official responsible for the shelter responded — as did a listener who experienced a much different environment at another facility.
Tego Calderon: Reggaeton On Black Pride
Reggaeton is the biggest-selling genre of Latin music. Its blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin rhythms has been criticized as simplistic, violent and misogynistic. But the Puerto Rican artist and others use the form to celebrate "blackness," something rarely heard in Latin America.