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The Department of Homeland Security is providing a boost to local intelligence operations during political conventions, sending in federal reinforcements to state “fusion” centers for on site support and communications with department headquarters in Washington D.C.
Late last year I had the horror of watching Chicago 10 at the Denver Film Festival. The movie combines animated sequences with archival footage of the 1968 riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and it scared the hell out of me — especially with this year’s most outspoken protest group calling themselves “Recreate ’68.” But then … not a whole lot happened here Denver last week. What gives?
A Gallup daily tracking poll released Tuesday shows Democrat Barack Obama topping 50 percent support for the first time, adding to a lead that has been growing since his speech Thursday accepting the nomination at Denver's Invesco Field. Other polls tracking the presidential race over the weekend tally an Obama lead over John McCain by as many as 9 points, up from a virtual dead heat as the Democratic National Convention began last week.
The doubters said we couldn’t do it. That our fair city, our “cowtown,” would be overrun. In 1908 restaurants ran out of food on the first day, having no idea what hosting the Democratic National Convention required. But 100 years later I’d say Denver more than made up for our past follies by hosting a truly magnificent convention.
On May Day in 2006, a human mass of white shirts stretched along downtown Denver's Speer Boulevard in one of the largest mobilizations in the city's history. An estimated 75,000 people boycotted work and school to march and protest against federal legislation that would have further criminalized undocumented immigrants in the Untied States. Millions of others rallied in more than 25 cities.
As Denver sweeps up the last of the confetti, The Colorado Independent rewinds its coverage on the Democratic National Convention.
Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Denver Thursday night drew a record number of television viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. More than 38 million — one in four households — watched the hour-long speech on 10 networks, nearly twice the number that watched John Kerry's 2004 acceptance speech.
While more than 60 local, national and military law enforcement agencies are helping out with security surrounding the Democratic National Convention, there's one federal agency that may not be expected: Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Miss that video that introduced Barack Obama to 84,000 spectators and tens of millions of viewers? Helmed by Davis Guggenheim, who won an Academy Award for producing An Inconvenient Truth, which he also directed, the 10-minute film chronicles Obama's story from his ancestors to his dreams for the future.