- Protests have broken out in Syria following Friday prayers in solidarity with the besieged residents of Homs.
- Al-Shabab rejected the UN claim that the ban on aid had been lifted, condemning the residents in al-Shabab territory to face a dire famine.
- Qaddafi refused to negotiate with the Libyan rebels, according to an audio message released yesterday.
- The EU has reached a deal to attempt to shore up Greece's finances and avoid default. Greek debt, as a percentage of GDP stood at 143% last year.
- North and South Korea have expressed an interest in restarting 6-party nuclear disarmament talks.
- Countdown to economic calamity continues. Obama and Boehner are reportedly working on a deal that would cut $3 trillion from the debt over 10 years, but includes no immediate tax alterations. Democrats are furious. Ezra Klein focuses on market distorting tax policies Republicans refuse to consider. George Will pantomimes Mitch McConnell and Nero at once. Charles Krauthammer doesn't like any deal he's heard, but likes Obama less. The Onion puts it in perspective. U.S. government debt as a percentage of GDP was just shy of 60% last year.
- The formal end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will come today.
- Jose Vargas has had his license revoked in Washington.