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August 25, 2008 9:14 AM

The Democratic convention

Posted by David Postman

Danny Westneat is in Denver to cover the Democratic National Convention for The Seattle Times.

Danny opens his coverage with a piece today James Yee, delegate, Muslim, and well-known former Army chaplain.

His story is a useful reminder, he says, of the danger of America chucking aside civil liberties.

But his presence at the convention, which opens today, is also a test of sorts. Will the Democrats allow Muslims to be out and proud for Obama? Even one who was once under a cloud of treason, vilified as a traitor at the time by some leading Democratic politicians?

Also, in yesterday’s paper I wrote an advance on the convention that looks at the state of relations between Clinton and Obama delegates. I talked with some very interesting people on both sides, political newcomers with similar backgrounds but very different feelings on the eve of the convention.

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