- Iranian President Ahmadinejad says he will "unilaterally" pardon two American hikers that have been held by Iran for two years and were recently convicted of espionage. This is a test of Ahmadinejad's standing with his own government to see if he can actually make this happen.
- The U.S. embassy in Kabul fell under attack today by a coordinated Taliban assault. The skirmish likely continues and word on a resolution have not been published.
- Fatah has announced that they will ask the UN for full recognition next week for Palestine, in a long brewing showdown between Israel, Palestine, and the United States.
- As Turkish Prime Minister gets his Arab Spring Tour underway, Turkey's regional prominence grows.
- As he promised last week, President Obama announced how he would pay for the $380 billion dollar jobs bill he introduced. Obama wants to limit the itemized deductions that individuals making over $200,000 and households making over $250,000 can claim on their income taxes. He also is looking to end subsides to oil and gas companies.
- The GOP Presidential hopefuls debated last night, and it was apparently beat up on Perry night. Perhaps most surprising were the hits Perry took from the right.
- Bank of America will look to layoff or trim its workforce by 30,000 over the next few years, reducing their workforce by 10%.