- Libyan rebel fights launched an offensive in the western mountains, and won then lost a government controlled town.
- The EU is warning of the potential for more violence after a flare-up in Kosovo.
- Amnesty International has reported that over 500,000 Ivorians have not returned home despite the ouster of former president Gbagbo. The report details people are afraid of ethnic attacks and notes that atrocities have been committed by supporters of Gbagbo and current Ivorian president Ouattara.
- China has blamed a failed signal(NYT) for the high-speed train crash that killed 39 people on Saturday.
- As reported yesterday, Boehner tried to whip his caucus in to line ahead of today's vote in the House on his own bill to avert American default. The Washington Post considers Boehner The Crier versus Boehner The Arm Twister. Many believe the vote is a test between pragmatists and purists in the Republican caucus. And the S&P would likely keep the U.S. sterling bond rating, if default is avoided, despite the fact that the legislation currently under consideration doesn't fundamentally change the U.S. deficit situation. I break down Tea Party Nation founder, Judson Phillips, op-ed a little later this morning.