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It’s hard to know whether Baghdad is headed in the “right direction” or the “wrong direction,” as an American pollster might ask. Relying on journalists for information is a rather imprecise science, to put it mildly. Is it possible to define a measurement or two that might give us a handle on things? How about housing prices? If we can agree that real-estate prices will rise when people believe in the future, then this story in today’s LA Times is very good news.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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