A quick programming note: I'm out of the country for the next few days, so my blogging may be light to non-existent. But we've lined up a terrific cast of guest bloggers. They'll be writing on some familiar topics, like the budget and health care reform, plus some new ones, as well. 

P.S. Predictably, I end up taking a fourteen-hour, no-internet flight on the same day we see a new health care proposal, a new framework for reducing budget deficits, a major controversy over the Congressional Budget Office, and the re-election of Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats. Guess I'll have a lot to cover when I get back.