- A senior official of the NTC (I do like that better) told Al Jazeera that Saadi Qaddafi is ready to surrender and also suggested that NTC fighters have a good idea where Qaddafi himself is.
- At least seven people are dead in Syria have government forces opened fire on protesters. The United States is responding to the crackdown by targeting unilateral sanctions against key government officials. Yesterday, the U.S. put the Syrian Foreign Minister under sanctions that freeze any assets he has within the U.S.
- A car bomb went off outside a mosque in Quetta, Pakistan today following the morning's Eid prayers.
- Meanwhile in Chechnya, two suicide bombers appear to have been prevented from reaching their targets, though seven police officers were killed.
- The deficit supercommittee reached bipartisan consensus on at least one thing, who will be staff director. Mark Prater, a Republican and deputy staff director as well as chief tax counselor has been selected.
- There are minority majorities in eight metropolitan areas in the United States, including Washington, DC.
- Mitt Romney isn't scared of Rick Perry, yet. Though apparently FreedomWorks is scared of losing brand image if Gov. Romney participates in a New Hampshire tea party rally.
- Debating offsets for federal natural disaster relief funds.