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    US Democrats kick off national convention

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Democrats have launched their 2012 convention, with First Lady Michelle Obama firing the first shots of a three-day salvo aimed at breaking the electoral deadlock with Republicans.

    Her address on Tuesday came as Republicans sharpen their attacks on President Barack Obama after he gave himself an "incomplete" grade for his management of the economy in his final rally before accepting the Democratic Party nomination.