Hoping the Magic can make this a real series:

— Streetsblog launches a DC edition focused on national policy.

— Blue Dogs backing away from “trigger” mechanism for public plan.

— Is Gordon Brown secretly doing a good job of handling the UK recession?

— Will home prices keep on falling?

— I think Social Democrats’ problem in Europe is mainly that the European center-right is too sensible on economics; Republicans are easier to beat.

— Mel Martinez tries to push back on conservative racial freakout.

Last, check out Peter Suderman fighting against the twitification of the right.