On August 1, Matt Yglesias, our standard-setting Stalinist, is leaving The Atlantic for the Center for American Progress, where he'll blog and help CAP cement its place in the Democratic intellectual firmament. Matt is more skeptical than almost anyone I know, so while the CAP folks may think they're going to benefit from his prose, they're going to find that their arguments are a lot sharper, and more intellectually honest.

Matt takes ideas seriously, and so his sense of humor, which is marvelous, often does not come out when he writes, we will all miss him around the office; listening to him riff is like listening to a fascinating conversation.

Buy and read Matt's book, Heads In The Sand; the preface on Thomas Friedman is alone worth the cover price.

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