Gen. Colin Powell, Oprah roles stir Dem pot; what’s it take to turn a hockey arena into a GOP showcase?

Convention Countdown
Democratic National Convention

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DENVER
Aug. 25-28

Controversy is swirling around Gen. Colin Powell, President Bush’s former secretary of state, over reports that he would be attending the Democratic National Convention and might be planning to endorse Barack Obama.

Oprah Winfrey, an early – and very public – supporter of Barack Obama, has decided to maintain a more low-key role at the nominee’s acceptance speech to avoid deflecting any attention, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Republican National Convention

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ST. PAUL
Sept. 1-4

What does it take to convert a hockey arena into a site that can handle the technology demands of the Republican National Convention? Roughly 25 miles of cabling, for starters, IT World reports.

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