We are certainly in count down mode here, battening down all our hatches for our launch next Wednesday. We’re putting the final initial touches on the Congresspedia. We’re lining up an extensive ad buy — buying space on 175 blogs, ranging from Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos to Real Clear Politics and Blogs For Bush and buying the name of every single member of Congress on Google ad words! Our press kits will include really nifty Congresspedia mouse pads which surely we will use later as prizes. Bill Allison is working hard on just the right initial distributed journalism assignment and Larry Makinson is polishing his first tutorial on money and politics. Paul Blumenthal has been reading widely for his feature In Broad Daylight, our one stop must-read for what’s being reported today on what’s happening in Congress. There’s more to report but have to keep this short because I am being bugged by our communication team — Group Gordon — to make some pre-press calls. More later!