Shedding Jobs: The legal sector in August shed almost all of the jobs it gained in July, The Am Law Daily reports. The sector lost 1,400 positions last month after it added 1,500 jobs in July.
Close Race: Advisers to President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney expect the continuation of a tight contest following the conventions, The Washington Post reports. "We're very comfortable with the reality of what this race is about, and we're not in the momentum business," said Stuart Stevens, Romney's chief strategist. David Axelrod, chief strategist of the president's reelection campaign, predicted an Obama victory in November, but said, "I don't think the structure of the race allows for a big breakthrough."
Losing: Republicans are failing to win most of their court battles over GOP-backed laws that Democrats say suppress voters, Bloomberg reports. "If the outcome depends on Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania is extremely close, then these kinds of cases can be determinative," Rick Hasen, the author of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, said.
Spontaneous: Actor Clint Eastwood's talk with an empty chair during the Republican National Convention last month was unplanned, The Carmel Pine Cone of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., reports. “There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”