PROPS, YES, BUT... I share Paul's affection for the good old U.S. post office. But as an employee of what is, in part, still a small-circulation dead tree print magazine, I hasten to say that this particular rate hike is a big problem. More here.
THE PAKISTAN QUESTION. As things get more and more shaky in Pakistan, Kevin Drumrightly anticipates that the country is going to be rising to the top of our domestic political discussions soon enough. He also expresses the ambivalence about what our policy towards Pervez Musharraf and his government should be that I think most American observers share. Certainly I do.
HOW FAR. There are various ways one can look at something like this, but I should say that I think Eve Fairbanks is absolutely right in pointing out that, step by step, Democratic congressional action regarding the Iraq war has consistently turned out to be bolder and more successful than most people -- including the Democrats themselves -- had expected beforehand. There's always the argument that more can be done, but it is worth stepping back for a moment just to note how much the debate over tactics and the limits of the strategically feasible has continued to shift this year, and all in the anti-war direction.
GUEST POST -- JOSH BIVENS: MORE ON TRADE.Matt sides with James Galbraith in the latter's recent debate at TAP on trade. I will predictably (I work at EPI) take issue.
I think JKG is mostly right-on regarding his final recommendations about what is most helpful for protecting the interests of American workers in the era of globalization: full employment and an expansion of the social-democratic state.