- A good day for Libyan rebels. A longtime adviser--and the very first supporter--of Qaddafi defected. Rebels took several towns in Libya's western mountains. They also broke out west from Misurata, moving towards Tripoli and within 10 km of Zlitan. Rebels report other forces already in Zlitan, and are attempting to encircle Qaddafi's forces there. At the same time, Germany--a NATO-member not participating in the mission over Libya--established ties with rebel government but stopped short of officially recognizing it.
- Oil trading on NYMEX dropped $2.37 to its lowest level in a month today.
- A friend and former classmate of your editor was detained on bogus espionage charges in Egypt. DCExile hopes for his quick release and applauds the rapid intervention of the U.S. State Department on his behalf.
- And Benjamin Wittes does a pretty good job of discussing the problems with the D.C. Circuit's jurisprudence addressing GTMO detainees and membership in al-Qaeda (or associated forces).
- There's a lot of buzz surrounding tonight's GOP debate in New Hampshire, most of it suggesting that the debate is Romney's to lose--a classic example of a candidate losing control of the expectations game. Meanwhile, Dole has embraced the quixotic challenge of pushing Petraeus 2012.
- New York is moving closer to legalizing same-sex marriage.