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Barack Obama has four days to turn the tide of public opinion, which shows him now virtually tied with John McCain. From the Democratic Convention, we hear about Obama's choice of a running mate, continuing problems with Hillary Clinton supporters, the reasons for coming to Denver and tonight's main speaker, Michelle Obama. Also, the tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy, who is here despite his battle with brain cancer.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal

Main Topic The Curtin Rises on the Democratic National Convention 41 MIN, 45 SEC

Barack Obama's campaign began with the promise of change from business as usual in Washington. Then came the primaries; now comes the selection of veteran Delaware Senator Joseph Biden. Today, Obama has four days to reverse the slide, which now has him virtually tied with John McCain in what's supposed to be a Democratic year. This week's convention could be a lot more important than anybody expected. The delegates are still getting used to Obama's vice presidential choice, and it's not certain how many Hillary Clinton supporters are on board. Why Denver?  What's the "western states strategy?"  How about the pressure on tonight's main speaker, Michelle Obama?

Guests:
Mark Barabak, Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times
James Rubin, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
Mark Udall, Congressman (D-CO)
Curtis Hubbard, Political Editor, Denver Post
Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco (@SZunes)
Cheryl Contee, Jack and Jill Politics (@ch3ryl)
Liza Mundy, New America Foundation (@lizamundy‎)
Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Historian, First Ladies' Library

Reporter's Notebook Senator Kennedy at the Convention 6 MIN, 23 SEC

Edward Kennedy is part of a First Family of Democrats, who has survived his brothers to serve in the Senate for almost 46 years.  He's now suffering from brain cancer, and he'll be the subject of a special celebration tonight on the convention floor. He has flown to Denver for the occasion. Susan Milligan of the Boston Globe tells us what to expect.

Guests:
Susan Milligan, US News and World Report

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