Amidst the current financial hell the world seems to be experiencing, there are at least two reasons to keep up hope: both Colin Powell and the Chicago Tribune have endorsed Barack Obama. The former is a little more exciting, as it may seal up the election for us, but the latter, an about-face for the consistently conservative paper, is also a cause for celebration.
On another slightly-related note, go check out the Barack Obama webpage- it's the slickest campaign site I've ever seen.
Also reading: Why I Blog, an awesome piece in the Atlantic that articulates better than most of us ever could the draw, power, and potential of the blogosphere. Thanks to 6a superstar Sippey for the pointer.