- The Muslim Brotherhood, finding itself as the dominant party in Egypt, has decided to play it cool with the floundering Egyptian economy.
- The Obama administration is looking to repatriate non-Afghan prisoners held in that country, in a move intended to avoid handing them over to the Afghans as the transition accelerates.
- Syria says the Arab League is implementing a foreign conspiracy in suggesting Assad step down, and the state has vowed to continue to use force to quell the insurrection.
- A deadly blast in Sadr City has killed at least eight people in Iraq. It is one of a growing number of attacks expected to precipitate now that the U.S. has almost entirely withdrawn.
- Japan's Central Bank has downgraded its growth forecast for the nation rocked by a tsunami and nuclear disaster.
- President Obama will give his State of the Union address tonight at 9pm-ish ET. Some questions remain like is the State of the Union obsolete in our modern micro-news cycle? What would President Obama do with a second term? Will John Boehner tear up? When will DC Exile release the SOTU 2012 Drinking Game Rules? (The answer to that last questions is 11am ET)
- The GOP candidates squared off in Florida last night, and Mitt "I made over $20 million this year without a wage-paying job" got some solid reviews for taking the fight to Gingrich. Here are six takeaways from Politico.
- Our national nightmare is over for some, as Starbucks will begin to sell wine and beer at select stores to attract the evening crowd.