Not Entirely a Conventional Week

It’s going to be an intense mini-week, folks. The Democratic Convention, like its Republican predecessor (though by plan, not weather necessity) is a condensed three-day affair with three prime-time anchors. Tonight will be the keynote address by San Antonio Mayor Julio Castro followed by remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama. Wednesday night’s big feature will be a much-awaited speech by former President Bill Clinton. And on Thursday night the Vice-President and President make their pitches.

Then we’ll get a loud if inconsequential spin battle over the net effect of the two conventions as polls begin to roll out.

But economic news will also dominate the end of the week, with a big meeting of European central bankers on Thursday and then the August jobs report on Friday.

The plan here for the Democratic Convention will be similar to last week’s: I’ll take an “intermission” from regular blogging at some point in the afternoon and then provide live-blogging for the key evening speeches.

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Ed Kilgore

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.