Paul Waldman: Romney's lack of policy details shortchanges voters
Mitt Romney's refusal to layout specific policy details actually shortchanges voters in the 2012 presidential cycle, Paul Waldman writes for MSNBC's Lean Forward blog. 

Did you know that Barry Goldwater's granddaughter ended up nominating Barack Obama for president at the Democratic National Convention?
Reason's Matt Welch notes that Barry Goldwater's granddaughter helped deliver Arizona to President Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The other side of Joe Biden
TPM's David Kurtz highlights Vice President Biden's speech in Shakesville, Pa., on Tuesday and the "crucible" the vice president has gone through in his personal life. 

How the Chicago teachers strike could affect Obama, Democrats
Chicago magazine's Carol Felsenthal picks up a trio of national stories on the Chicago teachers union strike and how it could affect President Obama. 


Reid 'disappointed,' says it's too early to give up on deficit deal
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is "disappointed" that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is giving up on hammering out a deficit-reduction deal this year, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton

Obama marks 9/11 at Pentagon, says US 'emerged even stronger' from tragic day
On the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, President Obama said the country has become "even stronger" since the attacks, according to The Hill's Jeremy Herb.