- Yemeni president, Ali Saleh, has returned to his country after three months in Saudi Arabia where he was recovering form wounds suffered in connection with an attack. It is unclear what this will mean for Yemen in the immediate as fighting continues.
- On the heels of Admiral Mullen's stinging indictment of the Pakistan's ISI, Pakistan's foriegn minister says the U.S. risks losing an ally. I asked a while back, with friends like these, who needs enemies? Speaking of our friends, our man in Afghanistan vows to continue the peace process at the funeral for a peace broker that may have been killed by a Taliban emissary.
- The Syrian government is reporting five troops were killed in an ambush staged by terrorists, though it is more likely the protests and the government instigated violence in response to said protests has come around on Syrian forces.
- Abbas, ever in the shadow of his predecessor, has a critical moment in his leadership today as he takes the podium at the United Nations.
- The NTC forces have taken control of a few southern desert towns, but is an insurgency forming in Libya?
- The stock market continues to refuse to keep the gains it makes week to week, amid continued economic fears.
- The federal government lurches toward shut down again.
- The GOP debate last night was as full with pandering as Ben suggested in WKODHIB yesterday. The Fix scores the winners and loser. Fact Checker has a field day. And Politico makes the case that Perry isn't ready for primetime. If you're unfamiliar with former Gov. Gary Johnson, I suggest you read this.