- An explosion has occurred at a French nuclear waste management facility, according to France's nuclear watchdog group. Details are still coming in, but the site does not host any nuclear reactors.
- Qaddafi loyalists attacked an oil facility outside Ras Lanuf along the coast, reminding us that even though Tripoli may be secured the battle is not done. Meanwhile, the NATO Secretary General sees the Libyan operation as a new template for NATO as outsourced UN muscle.
- Julius Malema, the controversial leader of the African National Congress' Youth Brigade, has been found guilty of hate speech in South Africa. A couple weeks ago Baobab considered Malema vs. Zuma.
- Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan will begin his "Arab Spring Tour" today in Egypt.
- World financial markets sag against continued European debt worries.
- A low capital gains tax may not create jobs the way proponents say, but certainly helps to widen the gulf between the rich and the poor.
- Obama's job plan is set to be formally introduced as legislation today, but many House GOP members are reluctant to support any idea that comes from Obama even if they supported those ideas in the past.
- The group of GOP presidential hopefuls square off again tonight in Florida in an event sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. **Your editors will be enjoying the first night of Monday Night Football, but will have coverage tomorrow.**
- NPR chronicles Leon Panetta, two months into his tenure as Secretary of Defense, facing a myriad of challenges and still shaded in the shadow of Robert Gates.