* Why real journalists are important: the all-important follow-up. (In this case, on Afghanistan.)
* Great read: Joel Achenbach on the national debt bomb.
* The Arizona immigrant issue as a Tea Party moment.
* What about cutting the deficit by reducing the defense budget?
* Why is the economy in Texas doing so well?
* Speaking of follow-ups, now that we have the whole ACORN video, we now get the rest of the story.
* Capturing the giant Palouse earthworm.
* Will more reality TV shows save Lifetime?