Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), I’m honored to have Sgt. Major Jeff Mellinger of the US Army. Michael Yon wrote at length about Sgt. Major Mellinger in his series Walking the Line, and since Michael could not make it as scheduled, he graciously arranged for this appearance. We’ll talk with Sgt. Major Mellinger about his long tour of duty in Iraq, how it changed, and what Iraq looks like now.

In the second half, King Banaian joins us to talk about Keynesianism, the incoming Obama economic team, and his new textbook, The Design and Use of Political Economy Indicators: Challenges of Definition, Aggregation, and Application. It’s the perfect gift for the budding economist in your family … well, that’s what King says, anyway!

We’re also holding a fundraising drive for Twin Cities Marriage Encounter. I’ll be posting PayPal buttons for one-time and automatic monthly donations to this non-profit, which tries to build stronger communities by strengthening marriages, on my show posts until the end of the year. We now have a matching challenge!. If we can raise $1500 by January 15th, an anonymous Hot Air reader will match those funds himself. Donations are tax deductible! Please note The Ed Morrissey Show or Hot Air on the memo line so that we can keep track for the match challenge:

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