- The day after President Ahmadinejad's pronouncement that the release of two imprisoned American hikers was eminent, the Iranian Judiciary denied anything was imminent and that the terms of potential bail were still under review. This is another instance that seeks to highlight how fragmented power is in Iran.
- NATO-led forces ended the 20 hour attack on several buildings, including the U.S. embassy by Taliban fighters. President Hamid Karzai condemned the attacks and said it would not interfere with the transition of authority from NATO to Afghan security forces.
- China's leader, Wen Jiabao, urged cooperation and coordination in future global economic growth, specifically stretching a hand out to Europe. He also addressed concerns by many in the West that China's currency is radically devalued which is artificially increasing Chinese exports by saying, "China would now aim to boot domestic demand." A new Communist Party Congress is coming up and while typically there are not radical shifts in Chinese policy it could be interesting to see if Wen's successor is truly committed to boosting domestic Chinese demand that would cause the renminbi to appreciate.
- In New York's 9th Congressional District, Republican Bob Turner won with 53% of the vote with 75% of precincts reporting.
- One in six Americans is living in poverty according to the Census Bureau and median household income is at a lower level now, then in 1997. But don't worry, more people own TVs so clearly everyone is better off, right Heritage Foundation?
- Gov. Rick Perry severely underplayed his relationship with Merck, the pharmaceutical company that makes Gardisil. Perry said in Monday night's debate that he had received just $5,000 from the company in donations, but in actuality it was closer to $30,000 and that doesn't include the $380,000 that was given to the Republican Governors Association at a time Perry was increasing in prominence.