- Tanks continue to roll through Hama, Syria as the death toll rises. The UN Security Council has released a statement condemning the attacks, but not going farther.
- Following the shocking resignation of Turkey's military leaders last week, Prime Minister Erdogan has announced the new military leadership. The military has long served as the secular bulwark in the country, following the system Ataturk put in place in the early 1900s, but the resignation (notably for Turkey, it was not a military coup) could mean the sunset has begun on the doctrinal secularism in the country.
- Tropical storm Emily set to hit Haiti, which remains beleaguered following years of poverty and the more recent earthquake. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still live in tents and crudely constructed shanties. -
- The European debt crisis continues as bond markets drove up the costs of borrowing for Spain and Italy.
- Furloughed FAA workers came to Washington looking for their Congressmen and women, but most of them were gone as the impasse over funding the FAA continues. The hang up is a provision passed in the House for a long term extension of funding that would make it nearly impossible for FAA employees to unionize.
- Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey, after a salmonella outbreak.
- Gov. Rick Perry, an oil tycoon, and a conservative think tank all think Texas universities should run at a profit, that professors should run at a profit, and that student evaluations should dictate teacher pay.
- Andrew Exum (and your editors) say Ramadan Mubarak, and he notes how this Ramadan may not be as quiet as in recent years.
- Dylan Matthews tells us everything we need to know about the FAA stand off. I can get behind the closure of unprofitable rural airports, but I have major objections to the union-related provisions that would seek to stifle free association.
- Elliott Abrams has 10 questions for the Robert S. Ford, the nominee to be our ambassador to Syria. It's worth noting, only one senator showed up to the confirmation hearing.
- Kent Hughes thinks U.S. treasury bonds are still the safest bet in the markets, but that's not because we're the best bet, it's because we're the least worst bet. America, you least worst investment option since 2008.