Meanwhile, in Iraq...

The economic crisis may have wiped Iraq clean off the front pages this month, but that doesn't mean the next president won't have a complete mess on his hands to confront on Day 1. At least fifteen people were killed today and dozens more hurt after a series of bombings in Baghdad targeting markets and convoys. These new attacks came after a relative period of calm, a grim reminder that the country's celebrated security gains still remain fragile. How the president extricates our troops from Iraq (or doesn't) may be the signature test of their administration, whether we're paying attention to it now or not.