St. Louis – New York Times columnist David Brooks says this is a good time to do what he does. An historic presidential campaign, an economic crisis and the ongoing war in Iraq have renewed the public's interest in current affairs.
Brooks says that gives him plenty to write about, and talk about as a frequent commentator on NPR and PBS.
Chicago – Some top Illinois Republicans are calling for a criminal investigation into the state's newly-appointed U.S. Senator Roland Burris. They allege he knowingly withheld information during the impeachment trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
The Republicans' information comes from a newly uncovered affidavit from Senator Burris to the head of the state impeachment committee.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri now has its own version of Blue Dog Democrats, similar to those in Congress.
Blue Dog Democrats describe themselves as conservative on fiscal issues, though some of Missouri's blue dogs also embrace socially conservative positions.
State Representative Sam Komo (D, House Springs), co-chairs the Missouri caucus. He says lots of people assume that the word "Democrat" is synonymous with "liberal," and that Missouri's Blue Dog Caucus was formed to combat that assumption.