With tropical storm Isaac progressing towards hurricane status, the Republican National Convention has condensed the convention to fit into Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Organizers had scheduled one message for each of the four convention days — but with one less day, they'll have to cut one of their messages. Monday's message, "We can do better," was the most negative of the three, and organizers said they'll be weaving it in to the other three day's more positive messages.
Meanwhile, as New Orleans braces for a state of emergency, Republicans are revising their messages to include sound bites that can be played back to back with coverage of a natural disaster.
And though Ron Paul isn't speaking at the convention, he's holding well-attended rallies near it.
This week's Agenda is being led by The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale. Both journalists will be reporting from Tampa this week.