Honest. “The GOP approved a party platform this week during the Republican National Convention, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he has not read it — and in fact has ‘never read one.’ ”

Unvarnished but demeaning. “Fox News analyst Juan Williams found himself making headlines after his remark following Ann Romney‘s speech at the Republican National Convention — wherein he said she looked ‘like a corporate wife.’ ” Imagine if a conservative said that about a Democrat’s wife.

Blunt. “DNC protesters try to recruit Charlotte’s poor, face some challenges.” Basically, they were told to get lost.

Unblemished news to Democrats. “Democracy Corps poll shows Romney up 15 among independents.”

Not mincing words. “The Romney campaign criticizes the Obama administration for gutting welfare reform, and the Democratic chorus sings the familiar refrain: ‘Racist!’ Leading the choir is tingly countertenor Chris Matthews of MSNBC: ‘When you start talking about work requirements,’ he thundered at Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, ‘you know what game you’re playing, and everybody knows what game you’re playing: It’s a race card.’ This judgment was immediately confirmed by Thomas Edsall of the New York Times and Timothy Noah of The New Republic, among others. There is racial politics at work here, and, as usual, it is a Democratic initiative.”

To be candid: This was dumb. “Earlier this summer, [former assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs Jeffrey] Feltman had enough. He resigned from the State Department and immediately began to work for the United Nations, as that body’s under-secretary-general and head of its Department of Political Affairs. Alas, any hope that the good Feltman would rub off effectively on the United Nations appears to have been dashed. As my colleague Ahmad Majidyar pointed out, Iran’s Fars News Agency has just published a photo of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Feltman meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameini. Feltman looks distinctly uncomfortable and, indeed, he should squirm. He is being used as a showpiece in Iranian propaganda, as he and his misguided boss supplicate themselves to a man who openly calls for genocide.”

The unblemished verdict: The states are going broke. “California isn’t the only state with a debt problem: States and local governments have over $3.7 trillion in debt, according to a new report from the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration.”