- Amid speculation that Turkey may establish a buffer zone within Syria, at the end of last week, Turkey met with the Syrian opposition council for the first time. Libya
's new governmentrecognized that same Syrian opposition body--becoming the first state to do so.
- An-Nahda declared victory in Tunisia's first election since Ben Ali's ouster. Winning elections provides another similarity between Ghannouchi and Khomeini. Former Congresswoman Jane Harman described the elections as "hands down the best, most promising election I have ever witnessed, including those I have seen in the United States."
- As Jason noted this morning, the death toll in the Turkish earthquake continues to trend upward.
- Libya claims that Saif Qaddafi is planning to flee the country on a forged passport.
- The mess of Bachmann's campaign keeps getting ink. As a former field staffer, it is difficult for me (without knowing either the particularized experience of these staffers or their professional experiences before this campaign) to assess their grievances. That said, it kind of strikes me as the sort of bellyaching that comes from inexperienced field staff.
- Ahhh, the impact of Occupy Wall Street, already altering the narrative--this Editor wonders, though, if the change in message means the death of the jobs bill (in any form); as such, he will remove the message discipline counter. Meanwhile, the President runs against Congress. Classic re-elect tactic. And he takes a stick Minority Leader McConnell, that ole son of a [Editor's note: this is a family blog].
- Sweet Sassy Mollassy, it's the Newt & Herman show. Speaking of Cain, he's a man without a machine. But, boy can he sing!