- Secretary Clinton is in Libya today to show support, and some aid dollars, to the transitional government there.
- Iranian President Ahmadinejad has denied Iran's involvement in the alleged plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., saying the announcement by the U.S. was to distract from our country's economic troubles. **Editor's Note: Points for creativity** Meanwhile, Western diplomats and nuclear experts believe Iran's nuclear program isn't progressing quickly. In more bad press for Iran, a new UN report claims that hundreds of prisoners have been executed by the Iranian government without any semblance of due process.
- Gilad Shalit, the Israeli solider captured by Hamas in 2006, has been reunited with this family as the proposed prisoner swap takes place between the two parties.
- There are reports that al-Awlaki's teenage son, a U.S. citizen, was killed in a drone strike on Friday and the family is speaking out.
- The Venezuelan Supreme Court has barred a chief opposition figure from seeking the presidency, removing another potential challenger to Hugo Chavez.
- There is yet another GOP debate this evening and your editors will be live blogging the whole affair. Here are five things to watch for. Meanwhile, Iowa has set their caucus date for January 3rd and Ron Paul has a plan to cut $1 trillion dollars in the first year of his presidency, eliminating five departments and the TSA.
- Bank of America earned $6.2 billion in the third quarter. Meanwhile Goldman Sachs reports a $428 million loss(NYT) in the quarter. But of course, this could all just be corporate fraud. **Editorial Note: If we should just trust in markets, and markets are built on information, but the people providing the information are lying, how can we just trust markets?**
- Is there a bait and switch going on with the end of farm subsides(NYT)?