- The imbroglio following the ISAF airstrike on Pakistani border posts has gone from bad to worse, as TIME reports that the airstrike lasted for two hours and continued even after Pakistani officials pleaded with NATO to stop.
- A UN Human Rights Commission report states that Syria has committed crimes against humanity in its ongoing crackdown on dissidents. Syria was sanctioned by the Arab League over the weekend. And there are reports that Syrian troops fired on civilians trying to flee across the Jordanian frontier yesterday. Syria appears to be doing its damnedest to anger all of its neighbors and achieve even greater isolation.
- Must read on George Kennan from The New Yorker (h/t EH).
- FP profiles Pakistan's new ambassadress to the United States.
- Johnathan Martin at Politico agrees with DCExile's assessment of Gingrich's place in the GOP field.
- Gov. Perry has won the coveted endorsement of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, holds outsized importance among conservatives (Maricopa County has a population of 3.8 million) due to his incredibly hardline stance on immigration. He was a key ally of recently recalled Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, architect of the infamous and unconstitutional S.B. 1070.
- Rep. Barney Frank will not be seeking reelection.
- Gov. Sam Brownback apologizes for his staff being a bunch of tattletails (and for their trampling on free speech). Actually, for my money, the overzealous staffer is forgivable--the Shawnee Mission Public School system on the other hand needs a lesson in civics and some PR help.
- The NBA lockout is over.