- U.S. civil society boosters employed by organizations that were raided by the Egyptian authorities last month have been barred from leaving Egypt.
- There's a civil war in Syria, folks. Meanwhile, an Arab League is slowly ratcheting up pressure on Assad, taking its plan to the U.N. Security Council. Reality to soon follow. Airstrikes thereafter.
- In the wake of the daring U.S. rescue of an American and Dane held by Somali pirates, other pirate/hostage-takers are threatening other American hostages. It's notable that, while some commentators equate Somaliland and Puntland in their levels of stability, democracy, and security, that the pirate/hostage-takers are based in Puntland and rump Somalia, whereas Somaliland partners with NATO in policing its waters and prosecuting captured pirates.
- More Somalia: a U.S. drone strike against a former British citizen hours after he made a phone call to his wife in the U.K. This Editor is curious about the use of force justification applicable to this case.
- The Department of Defense unveiled its 2013 budget plan today. The Pentagon plans to cut $487 billion over the next decade. In part, this is accomplished by shifting resources away from ground forces and towards robotics, like drones.
- The STOCK Act, which received an oddly partisan (Democrat) standing ovation, is going to the floor.
- Oh, that's rough, Republicans. That's rough.
- What to watch for in tonight's 19th GOP primary debate. This Editor cannot take another one.
- Secretary Clinton: Out.