CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Some unpleasant, uninvited guests dropped in on the Democratic convention.

The federal debt hit $16 trillion. U.S. factory activity shrank for a third straight month. And a new poll found President Barack Obama's "unfavorable" ratings higher than his "favorables" for the first time since February.

The nation's economic problems and Americans' discontent are clear. So are Republican Mitt Romney's opportunities.

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