- France admits to providing 40 tons of arms and ammunition to Libya rebels operating in the mountains of western Libya in June. Notably, rebels operating in that area of the country have made the most gains against Qaddafi's regime of late. This Editor applauds the French in this reportedly unilateral action.
- Greece backed the first of two austerity packages causing U.S. and European markets to improve.
- North and South Sudan have agreed in principle to buffer zones to be filled with Ethiopian observers.
- The President gave his first formal press conference in 3 months today. He used the opportunity to hammer Republicans on their intransigence in the debt ceiling talks. Speaker Boehner has responded in kind, returning to what's become the GOP's favorite talking point, that the President is not leading.
- A 6th Circuit Panel Opinion finds in favor of the individual mandate. In the 2-1 decision, a Bush-appointed judge, and former Scalia clerk, ruled in the government's favor. Read the opinion here.