A Letter from the Publisher

One of the challenges of covering a national political convention is to provide TIME'S readers with a behind-the-scenes sense of the clash of principles and the interplay of personalities that take place on and off the podium. To help with this task, TIME holds a series of on-the-record breakfasts and lunches with important figures in the convening party. Thus when the Democrats gathered in New York City last week, six of their leaders were invited to the dining rooms atop the Time & Life Building by Time Inc. Editor in Chief Henry Grunwald, TIME Managing Editor Ray Cave and Chief of...

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