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Demonstrators march in a Labor Day parade, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. Demonstrators are protesting before the start of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
News roundup: Democrats gather in North Carolina for pro-Obama rally

Obama’s political voyage. Romney and Obama assess Isaac aftermath. 64 days to the election.

Happy Monday and happy Labor Day. While many are taking time off, President Barack Obama spends the day evaluating post-Hurricane Isaac recovery efforts. Mitt Romney visited the water-besieged locale on Friday, flying there less than 12 hours after accepting the Republican nomination. [Globe] [CNN] [WaPost] [Yahoo]

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-> Your holiday Cornflakes special edition comes to you as Democrats are gathering in Charlotte, N.C., for their national convention. The Trib’s Matt Canham (@MattCanham) is on scene and will be bringing us all the details. But let’s start with his fascinating look at how Obama finds himself in new territory: on the offense. The White House incumbent’s new challenge is to defend his time as president while also trying to revive some of that magic he rocked in 2008. [Trib]

Topping the news: During a church service yesterday, hotel chain owner J.W. Marriott thanks Romney for bringing positive attention to the Mormon church. [Yahoo] [Reuters]

-> The Washington Post’s Dan Balz offers up eight questions - and answers - potential voters might have about Obama and the upcoming convention. [WaPost]

-> Former Utah Transit Authority chief executive officer John Inglish spent more than $600,000 on work-related travel in under two years. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @InvisibleObama: "The one where I totally photobombed Mitt and Ann at the #RNC2012. pic.twitter.com/hurZo9wi"

Happy Birthday: to Sandy Tenney, chief clerk of the Utah House.

Opinion section: The Tribune endorses Rob Bishop, saying that with his re-election comes continued clout in the Capitol. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly says that despite Jon Hunstman’s Romney endorsement, the rivalry continues. [Trib]

-> Utah congressional candidate Mia Love argues that likability is not what will win this presidential election. [USAToday]

-> James M. Oliver insists that Utah’s water future depends on whether or not the Supreme Court will her a case about the Colorado River’s water allocation. [Trib]

-> Rodney K. Smith argues that an adherence to partisanship prevents voters from seeking the truth. [DNews]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb suggest that understanding politicians may require reading between the lines. [DNews]

2012 watch: When pressed, Maryland’s Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley said that the country is no better off now than it was in 2008. [NatJournal] [BuzzFeed] Some Obama aides are bouncing around the answer entirely. [APviaNPR]

-> Without Ohio’s 18 electoral votes, Romney may find himself in trouble. [NYTimes]

-> Democrats paint Obama as the candidate with the ability to handle foreign affairs. [AP]

-> The Obama campaign hopes to replicate the victorious 2010 campaign path of Democratic Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. [NYTimes]

-> Obama’s White House releases its secret beer recipe after an out-pouring of requests. [ChiTribune]

-> Ron Paul says Romney’s convention speech leaves him skeptical. [LVSun]

-> The U.’s Tim Chambless offers his take on Romney’s convention moment. [ABC4]]

-> Ann Romney shares baking tips and her own treats aboard the Romney plane. [ABCNews]

-> Voters age 18 to 24 preferred Obama at the 2008 go-around, but polls show the margin has since decreased. [APviaDNews]

-> Despite the fact that the majority of ethnic-minority U.S. governors leaders are Republican, the GOP struggles to attract the minority vote. [DNews]

-> With 95% percent of the black vote going to Obama in 2008, the Republicans have a lot of work left to do. [NPR]

-> Selling Mormon Romney to evangelicals falls to a trusted adviser: Mark DeMoss. [CNN]

Weekend in review: Gov. Gary Herbert’s campaign cash flow is more than five times that of his opponent Peter Cooke’s -- but one of many examples of large financial discrepancies between Utah office hopefuls. [Trib]

-> The Trib’s Robert Gehrke explains how he invented the new social media meme "Eastwooding" and the aftermath. [Trib]

-> Though Jim Matheson and Mia Love aren’t immediately responsible, advertising surrounding the high-profile race has turned negative. [DNews]

-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the greatest moments in Latter-day Saint history. [Trib]

-> Even after Clint Eastwood’s invisible Obama antics, the president says he is still a fan. [WaPost] [WSJournal]

-> LDS Democrats are excited for their national convention and their big splash there. [KSL]

Got a tip? A birthday, wedding or anniversary to announce? Email us at cornflakes@sltrib.com. If you haven’t already, sign up for our weekday email and get this sent directly to you inbox. [Trib]

-- Thomas Burr and Betsy Blanchard



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