- Wali Karzai, Hamid Karzai's half-brother, was killed by a"friend" in his home in Khandahar earlier today. The Taliban has claimed responsibility, but there is some question as to the claim's authenticity.
- The day after Syrian protesters stormed the American embassy in Damascus, Secretary Clinton says President Assad has "lost legitimacy." The Syrian government didn't much like that.
- Israel's parliament has passed a law making it illegal to boycott Israeli settlements, in other words if an Israeli recording artist boycotts a planned show in a West Bank settlement, they can be sued for damages.
- An unusually heavy barrage of U.S missiles has killed at least 38 militants in Pakistan.
- The sides seem farther apart in debt-ceiling negotiations as Obama and Boehner hold dueling press conferences. Meanwhile, the rise of Eric Cantor and the marginalization of John Boehner. Also, quote of the day during this tit-for-tat goes to President Obama when he said he could not ask, "middle-income seniors to bear $500 or more additional costs when [Republicans] couldn't ask the most well-off to give an extra $5 to getting the deficit down." and Ezra Klein thinks liberals should be thanking Eric Cantor.