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Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

Joe Biden and Barack Obama tonight. I’ll be tweeting as usual. Should be quite a show.

Until then, plenty of good stuff:

1. Timothy Noah with a shocking revelation: Democrats may have only put God into their platform when they were double-dared to do so, but Democrats have been invoking God more often from the podium than Republicans did in Tampa.

Yes, the Republicans have managed to prove Samuel Johnson wrong. Slurs on patriotism are so 1988; now slurs on religion are the hallmarks of these scoundrels (note that both parties have included slurs on patriotism, however, during their conventions).

2. More on Paul Ryan and the absence of policy, from Ed Kilgore.

3. Steve Benen can’t believe that Mitt Romney is hitting Democrats for purported extremism in their party platform, given what’s in the GOP document.

4. Which reminds me of Andrew Sprung’s post from June about the Romney Rules. Always relevant.

5. Fact-checking maven Brendan Nyhan is excellent as usual about the good, the bad and the ugly in media fact-checking of Paul Ryan, Bill Clinton and others.

6. And Dylan Matthews fact-checks Clinton’s speech.

7. Sarah Kliff, on the other hand, gives us Clinton’s speech in graph form.

8. Speaking of Clinton: his prepared text compared with his delivered speech. Not bad.

9. Nate Silver on what to look for in the polling coming out after Charlotte.

10. Dan Larison on the one thing the Republicans did right in Tampa: avoiding George W. Bush like the plague. “The bigger problem for the GOP is that there is still so little in Bush’s record that they oppose.”

11. In other news today, a sharp rebuke from the courts on the Obama administration’s Gitmo policy. Reported by Michael Doyle.

12. And news of possible additional Bush-era torture is a reminder of what that administration brought — and that the Obama administration has fallen short in preventing future disgraces. This one continues to be a very important story.

13. Why didn’t Republicans talk about foreign policy in Tampa? Erik Voeten looks at a few public opinion explanations. It does not appear that Republican voters are more divided on these issues than Democrats.

14. And Paul Waldman reviews some of the best — and worst — past convention acceptance speeches.

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