- As if one Security Council veto wasn't enough, Russia and China both vetoed a resolution that would have condemned Syria for the violent crackdown the government has leveled against its own citizens following largely peaceful protests. As Syrians cross the border into Lebanon, as many army defectors have, they remain concerned that Syrian forces or intelligence services will find them.
- Saudi Arabia is claiming "a foreign country" is behind the protests in the largely Shia city of Qatif. They did not elaborate on which foreign country.
- Public and private sector workers have joined in a general strike in Greece to protest planned additional austerity measures.
- Yemeni government forces have shelled the town of Taiz, leaving 7 killed.
- As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue to build momentum, many unions have endorsed and will join the spreading protests. Your editor has come around to think there are some worthy things being said in these protests. If you haven't seen We Are The 99 Percent, I would suggest you check it out and Ezra Klein breaks down who they are a bit more and Sarah Kliff discusses how some of these stories come into focus. Of note, Occupy Wall Street doesn't appear on the front pages of The Washington Post and The New York Times.
- President Obama was in Texas yesterday and called out Rep. Eric Cantor, obstructionist extraordinaire, and many Democrats are liking this more combative version of Obama. Meanwhile, Rep. Cantor and his colleagues in Congress have the lowest approval of any Congress in two decades. Only 14% of those polled approve of the job Congress is doing, while 62% strongly disapprove.
- Ben Bernanke to Congress: Get your s*** together. The Fed chairman was on the Hill yesterday asking Congress to get serious about fixing the government financial situation and end the brinkmanship.
- Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin won the West Virginia governorship in a special election last night.
- Hank Williams Jr. apologizes, sort of, for comparing President Obama to Hitler. No word from ESPN if that song will return as the theme of Monday Night Football. Your editor could have done without that song long before Hank Williams Jr. played the Hitler card.