Required reading (via the invaluable www.realclearpolitics.com):
Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute in the New York Times on why the poverty rate is "the single worst measure in our government's statistical arsenal." Message: No, the Bush administration isn't thrusting Americans into poverty.
Mona Eltahaway of the Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat in the International Herald Tribune on the effect of the Egyptian election, "In Egypt, no going back." Message: Democracy is on the move in the Middle East.