LIVE ON C-SPAN… Want to know why the president’s “Ownership Society” has been such a bust, and what alternative ideas progressives can offer to give Americans the power and options they really want? Then turn on C-SPAN between 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM EST today, and check out the conference we’re co-hosting with the Center for American Progress. It’s all about the cover package on “The New Progressivism” in the latest issue of The Washington Monthly. Kevin Drum and I will be on the panel, along with others, and E.J. Dionne will be the moderator.

Kevin flew in to DC last night for today’s event. I told him I’d pick him up at the airport and we’d have dinner together. I figured, just from talking to him and reading his site, that he’s a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, so I took him to a downtown steakhouse. Turned out my guess was right. He had a rib eye, medium rare from the looks of it, with a baked potato, washed down with DC’s finest tap water. Just thought I’d share that.

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Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.