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It's the economy...

Senator-elect Jim Webb (D) of Virginia broadens his portfolio with a Wall Street Journal op-ed on -- not the war, but on the wage gap and "our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century...  It should be the first order of business for the new Congress to begin addressing these divisions, and to work to bring true fairness back to economic life. Workers already understand this, as they see stagnant wages and disappearing jobs."

The heads of the Big Three said they got an "understanding hearing" at the White House yesterday, but it's unclear what, if anything else, they got.  "Bush, who left hours after the meeting for a conference in Vietnam with Asian trading partners, was not about to roil the waters by complaining of Asian currency manipulation."