In the Observer

Jason Horowitz reports on the presidential dreams of Chris Dodd.

Lizzy Ratner and Azi report on the Berger Commission’s recommendations for closing and merging New York hospitals and why they are – and aren’t – a big deal.

Matthew Schuerman writes about the end of cheap rentals on the Far East Side of Manhattan.

Steve Kornacki explains why the negative effect of Nancy Pelosi’s leadership machinations on the Democrats’ external public relations is the least of her concerns.

Joe Conason says that the president’s evolving language on Iraq doesn’t reflect any significant change in his thinking.

— Josh Benson

In the Observer