* New report on nation-building in Afghanistan has some bad signs.
* Clearing up misconceptions about military drones.
* "The liars and lunatics serve as a smoke screen for the conservative war on the poor and the middle class."
* "The new orthodoxy is fundamentalist Americanism."
* Confirmation that China is building an aircraft carrier. Kevin Drum has a couple good reads on that.
* On Medicare and mandates.
* Looking back at the Bush tax cuts ten years later.
* The angle that the Democrats should be pushing.
* A new future for the New Carrolton station.