Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney promised August 30 to create millions of jobs — 12 million of them, in fact — if he is elected president in November. He said: "What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs.... I am running for president to help create a better future … a future where everyone who wants a job can find a job.…"

His five-point plan consists of attaining energy independence by the year 2020, strengthening the educational system, forging new trade agreements with foreign countries, cutting the deficit with the ultimate goal of balancing the budget, helping small businesses, and repealing ObamaCare. With the possible exception of “helping small businesses” — whatever that means — nothing in his plan addresses the issue of job creation.

The Obama campaign spared not a moment to respond to Paul Ryan’s and Mitt Romney’s convention speeches. Yet its reply was at least as negative in character as it accused Ryan’s and Romney’s speeches of being. Rather than speak to the substance of their rivals’ remarks, Barack Obama continued the same assault against the Republican candidates’ characters that he has been waging for months.

The official GOP platform approved at the Republican National Convention in Tampa included tough language rejecting the United Nations “sustainability” scheme known as Agenda 21 for the threat it represents to national sovereignty, drawing praise from conservative and Tea Party leaders across the country. The Republican Party document also rejected any form of UN global taxes and slammed a wide range of the international body’s controversial programs. 

In a section of the 54-page platform entitled “Sovereign American Leadership in International Organizations,” the GOP noted that multilateral bodies such as the UN and NATO sometimes fail to serve the cause of peace and prosperity. As such, the U.S. government must always reserve the right to go its own way. “There can be no substitute for principled American leadership,” the platform says.

On August 30 the Obama administration announced that it would not charge CIA agents with any crime in the deaths of two men who reportedly died during interrogation by U.S. intelligence officers.

The decision ends a criminal investigation begun in June 2011 by Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder heeded the recommendation of federal prosecutor John Durham who in 2009 began his inquiry into the treatment of over 100 prisoners in U.S. custody since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Durham’s investigation into the other detainees held by the CIA ended in 2011 with no charges being filed in those cases either.

According to the CNN "Political Ticker," the mystery is "solved": "Clint Eastwood will be the 'mystery guest' at the Republican National Convention's final night, a GOP source confirmed Thursday," the cable news channel announced on its political blog.

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