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For political parties, virtual conventions have their pros and cons

Aug 24, 2020
It's harder to convey enthusiasm, but easier to ensure consistent messaging.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, wave to supporters via video conference on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention in Wilmington, Delaware.
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The billion-dollar RNC question: What is Peter Thiel doing there?

Jul 21, 2016
Peter Thiel is an odd pairing with Donald Trump — but maybe less odd than it seems.
Peter Thiel participates in a panel discussion at the New York Times 2015 DealBook Conference.
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Inside and outside the fence

Locals in Cleveland wonder who the convention is really for?
The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off Monday, with an estimated 50,000 people expected to attend.
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