"So, why would most Americans believe that the party of big business, the Republicans, manage the economy better than the tax and spend Democrats? Simple: It's what you're told to believe, that's why. Why do magicians say they are going to saw a lady in half? If you don't say it, you don't have a magic trick. Or, a party the middle class will vote for."
* Analysis of Bush's tonal shift on Iraq. 'Domino theory' sounds familiar. Meanwhile, the number of Iraqi casualties soars,but magically, it's still not a civil war.
* "If Mr. Rumsfeld is so concerned with comparisons to World War II, he should explain why our troops have now been fighting in Iraq longer than it took our forces to defeat the Nazis in Europe."
* In Iraq, the Kurds get some new neighbors.
* Abu Ghraib quietly handed over to the Iraqis.
* Is the FBI guilty of entrapment in the Miami "terror plot"?
* Considering behavioral profiling.
* NPR presents: excerpt from a new book on the politics of faith in America.
* Not too many big movies coming out this fall...
"Sorry, justifying recent Ramsey coverage by pointing to ratings only goes so far. I'm sure the news shows would triple their ratings by having wet t-shirt contests - but that wouldn't make it any more right. You combine a no-patience public with a no-perspective media and you get the frenzy we've just seen in the Ramsey case."
Ten things we didn't know this time last week.