The Ana Log: Oct. 16, 2006

Reporting from her Washington base camp, ANA MARIE COX dishes the dirt on D.C.

TWO STEPS BACK, ONE STEP FORWARD Condoleezza Rice returns from a surprise visit to Iraq and announces that Iraqis are making progress. That contrasts with the widespread downbeat accounts. However, her plane's landing in Baghdad was delayed for 45 minutes because of mortar fire--so maybe she missed the bad stuff.

TWO AMERICAS, TWO EDWARDSES Elizabeth Edwards' book Saving Graces hits the best-seller list right out of the gate. Murmurs about a run for office abound. Hey, after surviving cancer, losing a race would be easy. What's more, she is just as appealing as her husband John--and 30% less scripted.

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