Magazine July 30, 2012, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• At this rate, the population of Charlotte might actually drop during the Democratic convention.

• Each month since mid-spring has brought another depressing jobs number. The economy gained 80,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed at 8.2 percent. An Obama aide said that too much should not be read into one month’s data. True: Too bad we have had so many more months than one. While the oddsmakers are still giving Obama the edge in the election, this ought to be a winnable race.

• Governor Romney is doing pretty well even as a growing number of conservatives carp about his

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