5) Tropical Storm Warnings remained in effect for the Tampa area early Monday, even though the center of Tropical Storm Isaac remained nearly 200 miles offshore over the Gulf of Mexico. Although Isaac is expected to pass far to the southwest of Tampa, the National Weather Service is warning that the storm could produce locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds, isolated tornadoes and localized flooding on what was to be the first day of the Republican National Convention. A Tornado Watch was in effect for the area until 9 a.m. Monday, with the likelihood of it being extended during the day.
4) The Boston Globe
's Glen Johnson raises the specter
of the entire Republican National convention being canceled, as Hurricane Isaac barrels towards the Gulf Coast. From Johnson's Tampa dispatch: "A series of conversations - occurring just hours later - made clear that the Romney staff also realizes that Isaac's potentially horrid wrath could eclipse any bunting-draped imagery they generate inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
That would render the whole convention exercise a net loss for their candidate, rather than a positive force propelling him into the fall campaign."
3) Paul Ryan will be previewing his convention speech
today at his high school alma mater in Janesville, Wisconsin. He'll be speaking at the convention on Wednesday night.
2) As he prepares for the convention, Romney has been opening up more to the press, conducting interviews with Fox News (aired on "Fox News Sunday" yesterday) and Politico
. In the Fox interview, Romney embraced
his Massachusetts health care law in response to a question about the Democratic "war on women" meme. It's a sensitive subject for Romney; that's a similar talking point to what got Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul in trouble last month.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg raises the question
of how Romney would govern if elected - as the consensus-seeking pragmatic governor of Massachusetts, or with a stronger ideological edge, as he's campaigned.
1) In the first convention week national poll
, commissioned by ABC News/Washington Post
, Romney has pulled into a (statistically insignificant) lead over President Obama, 47 to 46 percent among registered voters.
Steven Shepard contributed to this report.