In August 2003, I wrote my first baroneblog post for usnews.com. Today, about 700 blogposts later, I'm writing my last one. Next week, I'm moving to the Washington Examiner, where I'll be writing columns and blogs. It's a great opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it. But I'm also sad to be leaving U.S. News, where I've worked for 18 of the last 20 years, and I will miss many colleagues who have been good friends as well as fellow laborers in the vineyard of journalism. So it's time to say goodbye, and thanks, especially to Brian Kelly and Margi Mannix, Rob Schlesinger and Morgan Felchner, to the former colleagues too numerous to name with whom I've worked over the last 20 years, to the IT staff, and all those whose work has made this blog and all my writings for U.S. News possible. And thanks as well to you, my readers, for your kind comments and intelligent criticisms and even your vehement disagreements, for your corrections and your compliments, and for your attention.
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