Here are a few stories that are making news headlines this morning:

— Bad news for Mitt Romney: a new Reuters poll suggests that his post-convention bounce was modest and is likely to be short-lived.

— Forecasting models by political scientists are often surprisingly accurate about predicting election outcomes, and this year, most models are projecting an Obama victory in November.

— Paul Ryan plays cornhole with 11-year old boy. As Beavis and Butthead would put it, “heh heh.”

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for Tony Blair and George W. Bush to be charged with war crimes for their actions during the Iraq War, and argues that, when it comes to prosecuting such crimes, there is a double standard for western and non-western leaders. I say, +1 to that!

— The Washington Post looks at the causes of unemployment in our current Great Recession. The most likely culprit appears to be an overhang of mortgage debt.

— And finally, check out this awesome interactive article in the New York Times, “A History of New York in 50 Objects,” consisting of a fascinating potpourri of items selected by historians and museum curators.

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Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee