The 2012 Democratic National Convention is this week, and if you can't be in Charlotte, N.C., for the festivities, you can follow along by watching on TV, or you can watch via the free live stream we have posted here for your convenience.

The DNC is expected to be a pretty exciting week, as it features speeches by a wide range of Democratic leaders, including First Lady Michelle Obama and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday, President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, and President Barack Obama himself on Thursday.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time each night until Thursday, the 2012 Democratic National Convention is expected to be one of the most-watched political events of the year. Check the schedule for yourself by clicking here so you don't miss any of the action.

A blurb in the official DNC schedule provides more information about the party's vision and plans for the convention:

"This convention is going to be the most open and accessible in history. It isn't about political ritual or simply renominating the president, it's about Americans coming together. Success depends on involvement at the grassroots, engaging the American spirit and enlisting people who want to put their shoulder to the wheel and change the country for the better. From format to funding, this convention will increase the influence of the grassroots and empower more Americans to become involved in the political process."

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