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A panorama of the floor at the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, July 28, 2016

Date: July 30, 2016

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Election 2016: Odds and Ends from the Democratic Convention

It was a privilege and honor to cover the Democratic National Convention with so many talented journalists and meet all the delegates and activists who gave their all to speak in Philadelphia. The mood was often contentious but never bitter or violent, and a great series of speeches entered the history books. Allow these modest additions of quotes from the events that your correspondent was unable to use in other…

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A Democratic delegate uses a smartphone at the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, 28 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: Hillary Clinton’s Initiatives Need More UX

Hillary Clinton closed down Philadelphia’s colorful convention last night with a memorable speech appealing to desires for a promising future very much unlike the past. Her acceptance, slightly shorter than Donald Trump’s speech a week ago, was more emotional than the fact-laden lessons her policy-driven style has produced, but it did include several proposals that will require wonks, champions, and laborers. They will also need more thinking about user experience….

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A vendor sells the remaining merchandise at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, 27 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: A Perceptual Map of Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

The mood was more triumphal in the third day of the Democratic National Convention, mostly because people left if they were having a bad time. After Sen. Bernie Sanders officially ended his campaign by suspending the roll call, many delegates walked out – or sat in – in protest, paving the way for a unilateral pageant to celebrate Sec. Hillary Clinton’s victory. Caucuses at the convention center, five miles north…

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A protester holds the name of a police violence victim during a Black Lives Matter march in South Philadelphia, 26 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: Workshopping “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter”

When Lucia McBath, the mother of a 17-year-old African-American boy killed by gunfire for playing music too loud, told the Democratic National Convention yesterday that “Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say black lives matter,” many of the delegates applauded. Many grumbled. Most seemed confused. If you are also confused, you are not alone. What does “black lives matter” mean? What is it to be progressive, racist, ignorant, or revolutionary? These…

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A volunteer distributing signs at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, July 25, 2016.

Date: July 26, 2016

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UX/IA Election 2016: Inside the Democratic Convention

Nothing quite matches the feeling of walking into a convention. It’s the Stanley Cup of talking. It’s never quiet, it’s never dark, and there’s never just one thing happening. Once your correspondent waded through protestors braving 100-degree heat to clear a quarter-mile of security procedures, he felt as if he had been sold a nosebleed seat to the entire Democratic Party arguing, chanting, and dancing their way into the future. And…

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