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Jewish DNC Delegate: Jerusalem Deserved Boos

Alex Yudelson says the Democrats' platform change was wrong

(Newser) - When Democrats clumsily changed their party platform to include the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Alex Yudelson was among those booing lustily—even as a fellow New York delegate shouted, "Aye!" When asked why he'd voted in favor, that delegate shrugged. "I don'... More »

Obama Restores Nods to God, Israel in Platform

Republicans had already started attacking both absences

(Newser) - The Democrats' platform will include references to God and to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, after all. Republicans, including Mitt Romney himself, had seized on the absence of both in the platform that got adopted yesterday. This afternoon, the party added both in a floor voice vote at the... More »

GOP Backs Strict Abortion Stance: No Exceptions

Democrats calling it the 'Akin plank'

(Newser) - The Republican Party platform is set to support a Constitutional amendment banning abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest cases. Republican leaders ratified the party stance at a meeting today ahead of next week's convention, where the measure is all but guaranteed for final approval, CNN reports. "... More »

Democrats' Platform to Include Gay Marriage

It was unanimously included, Barney Frank says

(Newser) - The committee drafting the Democratic Party's official platform has, for the first time, included support for same-sex marriage on it. All 15 members of the committee voted unanimously to include the section, Rep. Barney Frank tells the Washington Blade . "Everybody was for it," he said, tracing support... More »

Montana GOP Platform: It's Illegal to Be Gay

Party platform still has old plank against 'homosexual acts'

(Newser) - Homosexuals may be gaining more rights across the nation, but they can steer clear of Montana Republicans, thank you very much. The AP notes that the state party has adopted a platform that reiterates this statement of principle under the "crime" section: "We support the clear will of... More »

Dem Platform Reaches Out to Pro-Lifers

Obama approves language that finds 'common ground'

(Newser) - The Obama campaign is reaching out to Catholics, evangelicals, and other anti-abortion swing voters by adjusting the language of the official Democratic platform on the controversial issue, Alec MacGillis writes in the Washington Post. The new party plank moves "closer to the middle ground where most Americans reside—not... More »

Dems Taking Their Platform to the States—All 50 of 'Em

Obama campaign, DNC want more voter input on party's guiding document

(Newser) - Voters in all 50 states will get their chance to weigh in on the Democrats' official election platform, the AP reports, with Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee set to hold meetings nationwide. Policy experts will sit in on the July 19-27 meetings, which members of the public... More »

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