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Top Stories: Jodi Kantor writes that hugs are "a useful metaphor for how Michelle Obama approaches the roles of first lady and campaign surrogate." Democrats now are united "by the prospect that Republicans could control the White House and Congress next year and enact a conservative agenda that would unravel much of what Democrats have stood for since Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society."
World: The bursting of Ireland's real estate bubble is evident in "ghost developments" like Priory Hall: "Waist-high weeds sprout from cracks in the sidewalks. Holes seem to be punched into walls randomly. Ripped-up tarpaulins covering unfinished repair work flap in the breeze. A skittish security guard barks something into a walkie-talkie before warning visitors to beware of the rats."
Politics: In Ohio, unions face super PACs.
New York: Ana Pérez is a cigar roller, a primarily male trade.
Business: Stockon, which is in bankruptcy, faces the aftermath of their use of bonds to pay pensions.
Technology: The Olympics helped to spread public Wi-Fi throughout London.
Science: The Royal Society, the "world’s oldest continuous scientific society," struggles with questions of relevancy.
Health: Despite the more frequent presence of an antibiotic-resistant germ on chicken breasts, scientists struggle with lack of data.
Sports: Though they will be playing in Brooklyn this season, members of the Nets will not live or practice on the borough.
Opinion: Frank Bruni writes that "while the veep nod is only occasionally a springboard to the presidency, it’s almost always a trapdoor to mortification." David Brooks says that the DNC is Obama's "best chance to offer an elevator speech, to define America’s most pressing challenge and how he plans to address it."
Movies: The Telluride Film Festival "has offered something like a seminar on the nature of truth."
Books: Michiko Kakutani reviews Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue, "an amazingly rich, emotionally detailed story that addresses his perennial themes — about fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and the consolations of art — while reaching outward to explore the relationship between time past and time present, the weight (or lightness, as the case may be) of history, and the possibility of redemption and forgiveness."
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