"Let it Rain", by Hendrik Hertzberg: The word from St. Paul.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Act Your Age", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Acting out at the Republican Convention.
THE POLITICAL SCENE
"The Lonesome Trail", by Ariel Levy: Cindy McCain's nontraditional campaign.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Equal Before Mammon", by James Surowiecki: The politics of pay discrimination.
OUR LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS
"A Cloud of Smoke", by Jennifer Kahn: The forensics fight over a 9/11 death.
"Re-Start", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Laptops go live.