Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last night was a tepid mix of boilerplate and biography, vague on policy, economical with the truth, and without a memorable, soaring line. It reflected all of the problems that have bedeviled Romney from the outset.
That question was raised at a 'meetup' of Monitor writers and readers last week. The answers were surprising.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai wants private security contractors out of the country. He should go even further, by kicking out all development contractors. Their record of fraud and waste is reason enough. They also undermine NGOs truly helping the Afghan people.
Michael Ian Sohn, the former campaign manager for former Rep. Christopher Shays, pleaded guity to buying a $13,000 engagement ring, theater tickets, a bed, and more with campaign cash.
Many more Democratic House seats than Republican ones are vulnerable this year. Republicans are targeting the Democrats' freshman class, plus some veteran lawmakers.
The equivalent of six health-care lobbyists for every member of Congress are registered for this year's biggest political battle.
But they fall short of the 60 Senate seats needed to overcome filibusters and end gridlock.
But this plan is likely to be aimed at people and areas hit hard by the slump.
Lawmakers look to place blame for the financial crisis, but not (yet) on the institutions it had a hand in.