- The U.S. has given an ultimatum to Pakistan that it cease its support of the Haqqani network. Your editor thinks it might be ground hog day.
- As a negotiated cease-fire in Yemen hangs by a thread following two fired mortar round, the United States is building an ever expanding network of drone sites that allow targeting of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, specifically Somalia and Yemen, two countries that have become the focal point of counter-terror activities in the last couple years.
- The release of the two U.S. hikers convicted of spying by the Iranian government appears to be imminent, according to their lawyer. Meanwhile, friend of DCExile, Reza Marashi says good questions for journalists to ask the Iranian delegation about human rights are great questions for diplomats to ask the Iranian delegation.
- Tens of thousands of people rallied in Ramallah and Nablus today in support of the recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. President Obama will have to walk a very fine line in his remarks to the General Assembly this week, as the administration tries to dance around the issue. Meanwhile to the GOP presidential field who have some (pandering) thoughts on this issue, your editor says, "Shhh, adults are talking."
- Some of the "moderate elite" are suggesting President Obama has tacked too far left with his recent speeches. Meanwhile, Fact Checker shows that our tax system is progressive, but as much as the marginal personal income tax brackets would suggest.
- Sarah Palin, the un-candidate, annoys some in the GOP with her persistent presence and "will she or won't she" gamesmanship.
- Google begins to play both sides of the political fence.
- The farm lobby is losing influence as subsides come increasingly under fire.