To help all those still reeling from sudden onset econo-tastrophe syndrome, the BBC has put together a handy timeline, which connects the dots between events over the last couple years but doesn't quite take the long view, thus leaving out a few key moments and players from, say, the 1990s (paging Phil Gramm).
In the public's frustration with the Iraq war Borowitz finds satire, reporting that George W. Bush has proposed enlisting the Transformers to help move things along.
The House of Representatives narrowly passed the hotly debated timeline for getting American troops out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008. Bush has indicated he will veto the bill. In a statement to the press, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: "The American people see the reality of war. The president does not."