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New York Awaits Republicans With Reluctance and Unease

As an anticipated 50,000 delegates, demonstrators and others land in New York City this weekend for the Republican National Convention, the four-day extravaganza opening Monday at Madison Square Garden, half of all New Yorkers are approaching the week with a mix of dread and unease, like reluctant hosts wishing the party were in someone else’s house. Fifty-three percent of city residents say they are very or somewhat worried that a terrorist attack will happen during the convention, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. Forty-eight percent say they are very or somewhat worried that demonstrations or protest marches will lead to violence. Fifty-two percent said some other city should have been picked to hold the convention. One in five said they were “not at all” worried about a terrorist attack. “We’re vulnerable,” Vera Lamb, 55, an office manager for the Internal Revenue Service in Brooklyn, said in an interview after the poll was completed. “It would be the time to strike. At the same time, I know they think we’re prepared and focused, so they might do it the week after. But one is definitely coming. I can feel it.” Full Story

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