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Delegates Tina Benkison from Houston, Texas and David Barton from Aledo, Texas listen to the U.S. the Pledge of Allegiance as the 2004 Republican National Convention begins.
On this week's bloggers' roundtable: Does the GOP have a diversity deficit? And why are black bloggers concerned about getting access to this summer's Democratic National Convention?
Plus, rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters, who faced deportation following an attempted murder conviction, was pardoned last week by New York Gov. David Paterson.
NPR's Tony Cox guides a conversation with bloggers Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend, Eric Brown of the Detroit News, and Debra Dickerson of Mother Jones.