Security to be increased at national conventions

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/AP) — Homeland security and the FBI say they are increasing security for both the Republican National Convention next week and the Democratic National Convention later this month.

The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland. The city’s initial attempt to limit protesters in the convention area was declared unconstitutional.

Top party officials are already in Cleveland, where a committee voted late Thursday to rebuff a push to let delegates vote for any presidential candidate they’d like. It was a major blow to Republican foes of Trump who have been working to try to thwart his nomination.

The Democratic National Convention is set to start on July 25 in Philadelphia. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all expected to address delegates at the event.

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