The Rundown: Racially-Charged Incident at the GOP Convention, Hurricane Isaac, Energy Drink Investigation

August 29, 2012  |  

-The Republican National Convention finally got underway yesterday and… wow. Speeches were delivered by Rick Santorum, who expounded on the importance of hands. As a result, #hands was trending on Twitter. Ann Romney talked about the heart and confirmed, “I love women!” Really? And N.J. Gov. Chris Christie gave the keynote, in which many noted that it took the Governor a loooong time to actually mention Mitt Romney, the guy running for President that the party had gathered to celebrate. Remember him?

Actually, both Gov. Christie and Ann Romney were well-received in the convention hall and this morning, coverage of their speeches notes that they effectively roused the conventioneers. NBC also notes that the speakers did a good job of making Mitt Romney “relatable.” We watched the broadcast on MSNBC and many of the correspondents there — Chris Matthews, Rev. Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow among them — noted that there was a lot of talk by the speakers about their own accomplishments, but a lack of discussion about Mitt Romney. (Other speakers included Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.)

-Two convention attendees were removed from the event after disgusting harassment of a CNN camerawomen. According to a tweet from Take Action News reporter David Schuster, an attendee threw nuts at the camerawoman and said, “This is how we feed animals.” A convention statement reads: “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”

-Raynard Jackson, a registered Republican and CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, is attending the GOP Convention and asks “Where are the African Americans?” His column on The Washington Post is here. Herman Cain is at the convention too and told ABC News (via ColorLines), “I happen to believe that the party has more traction with black voters than meets the eye.”

-As Hurricane Isaac struck New Orleans, the city experienced flooding, but the levees and other defense measures are standing up to the storm. Mississippi also experienced flooding. The slow-moving storm promises to rain up to 20 inches of precipitation on the area before it moves out. About 482,000 people are without power in Louisiana and rescues have taken place in New Orleans.

-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking into claims made by the energy-drink industry, issuing subpoenas for information about their advertising and marketing practices. The subpoenas were sent to the makers of 5-Hour Energy and PepsiCo, the makers of AMP, and Monster Beverage. The investigation will look into whether the companies are over-stating the healthy effects of some of their ingredients. Retail sales of these beverages reached $8.9 billion last year.

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