The Democratic National Convention is just getting started in Charlotte, with Julian Castro’s keynote speech and Michelle Obama’s appearance the scheduled highlights. Come back later tonight for Greg's report from the convention after Day 1 (and I'll be tweeting from my living room during the prime time speeches, as well).
Until then, plenty of good stuff:
1. Gallup is calling it: they find no bounce for Mitt Romney from the Republican convention last week.
2. While CNN sees a small bounce, moving Romney from two points down to dead even.
3. What you really want is the poll-of-polls; Pollster now has Romney winning by half a percentage point, up from one point down before the Republicans got started.
4. Good point from Nate Silver: “Romney's small bounce should relieve Dem concerns about Romney ad edge. Convention = lotsa free advertising. Didn't move numbers much.”
5. What does Julian Castro, tonight’s keynote speaker (and my mayor) stand for? Suzy Khimm is on the story.
6. “Yes We Plan.” Planned Parenthood at the Democratic National Convention, reported by Jonathan Cohn.
7. The new New York Times public editor kicks it off by singling out for praise Michael Cooper’s Times story which called out the campaigns for lies. More, please.
8. While Justin Peters makes a good point: fact-checking works best when it’s incorporated into the original story, and news organizations should strive to do so.
9. An in-depth profile of Elizabeth Warren, candidate. Being a politician isn’t always easy. From Monica Potts.
10. While Charlie Cook believes things have been breaking the Democrats’ way in the battle for the Senate
11. That last link via Political Wire. Just a reminder, with the rush of political news reaching overwhelming levels: if you read Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, you’ll be in very good shape.
12. Andrew Sullivan reports on the Obamacons who are sticking with the president.
13. Very good Ann Friedman item about Valerie Jarrett and job descriptions. One point I can kick in: There’s an old argument between the parties about how to organize the White House, with Republicans (since Eisenhower) preferring a military-style hierarchy while Democrats traditionally preferred far less formal structure. Republicans have been winning that argument gradually, and I thought it was completely settled when Barack Obama became the first Democrat to begin his presidency with a strong, Republican-style chief-of-staff; I’m not sure whether Jarrett is an anomaly or a throwback.
14. Budget: another nice post in Stan Collender’s continuing series on why shrinking federal budget deficits is hard: federal spending is very, very, popular.
15. And I’m going to apologize in advance for this one, but I couldn’t help linking to this helpful calculator to convert your running time to Ryan time.