- There was a bombing outside a New Delhi court today that has killed at least 11 people. A Bangladeshi based extremist group has claimed responsibility.
- The Syrian government has returned to Homs and there are reports that already seven more people are dead. The renewed crackdown comes after a couple thousand protested the Assad regime yesterday.
- Libya's not-so-much rebels have reportedly surrounded Qaddafi, saying he is cordoned off in a 40 mile area, but they not saying specifically where.
- Afghanistan's special envoy to Pakistan, Umar Daudzai, discusses the future of Afghanistan and the leadership of the Taliban.
- Baobab considers the famine in the Horn of Africa, and the lack of a concerted relief response. Many are saying the African Union is failing to provide enough assistance to the relief efforts. This is another blow to the group that was slow to recognize the sea change in Libya.
- Politico is reporting some of the expected details of the President Obama's jobs plan, which would have a price tag of around $300 billion.
- The Republican presidential hopefuls prepare to square off tonight in California and Rick Perry finds himself leading the field just three weeks after entering the race. But Romney, the candidate unseated by the insurgent Perry, released a jobs plan he calls "Believe in America" which is full of Republican boilerplate on how to get the economy moving again. And NPR considers how Rick Perry and others in the Republican field are hostile toward science.
- Congress continues to squabble over how and how much to refresh FEMA's coffers and whether there needs to be corresponding cuts elsewhere. Your editor made the case yesterday that the U.S. can borrow at near zero cost yesterday, which makes the insistence on cuts to pay for disaster relief seem a miserly.
- The White House looks to save the US Postal Service.