- Optimism is short lived as the upswing in markets yesterday after news of a Euro rescue trends downwards on new reports of slow European growth.
- It was also Sanctions Day in the EU yesterday as the union approved new sanctions on Iran, in respond to the storming of the UK embassy, and on Syria, in response for the excessive force the despotic government has used to quell unrest.
- The former envoy to the U.S. for Pakistan has been banned from leaving the country as the Supreme Court investigates his involvement with a memo seeking U.S. help in weakening the Pakistani military.
- Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China, rock star. Seriously?
- The rise of the surveillance technology industry and its rise in keeping dictators in place comes under question.
- Police closed the Occupy encampments in Los Angeles and Philadelphia leaving scant few encampments left. As the movement occupies less and less, it struggles to figure out its next move.
- Romney faces the unexpected in Gingrich, but Ron Paul helps in a new ad that pushes Gingrich's "serial hypocrisy." A similar phrase was made at the political round table on Meet the Press this past Sunday.