Be sure to read Betty's if you haven't already. And I agree with her that Alyssa is one of the great pleasures of season six. You get to love Phoebe again with no reservations. Cole's not dragging her down and, with few exceptions, she's not turned into a mermaid, Bewitched, etc. (She is turned into a genie. But she had a great line about always getting stuck wearing the wig that made up for it.)
Now onto my embarrassing state, Alex Isenstadt (POLITICO) reports:
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"