Before enduring the Republican Convention (not in person, but via TV and internet, and with fire tongs handy), my wife and I are treating ourselves to Braves-Giants game tomorrow, which may be last contest of any sort for a while that seems relatively innocent (college football’s too serious for that!). Here are some final reads for this day and week:

* Only 10% of likely voters in new CNN/ORC poll say there’s a chance they’ll change their minds about candidate preference. That’s very low.

* Atlantic‘s Matthew O’Brien stomps on barely-breathing carcass of Niall Ferguson’s credibility and then sets it on fire.

* Laura D’Andrea Tyson explains, among other things, why Ryan’s “premium support” proposal for Medicare is the same as “vouchers” because of arbitrary subsidy cap.

* Sean Trende, Honest Conservative, looks at full range of economic indicators and suggests 2012 is most like 1960, 1976, 1992, and 2004. All but one of those were photo-finish elections.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports skeptically on Texas’ new pay-for-performance bonuses for college administrators.

* ThinkProgress identifies seven speakers at Republican Convention who have at least flirted significantly with birtherism. And that’s no joke.

So that’s it for this pre-convention week. Kathleen Geier will back back for weekend blogging duty, which usually means excellent verbal fireworks.


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.