- The Syrian government continues to shell its citizens in Homs. Meanwhile, some believe the latest UN efforts regarding Syria taken up by the general assembly is meant to pressure Russia, more than Syria.
- In Bahrain protesters marched on the Pearl roundabout commemorating the protests at that location last year. They were met by tear gas.
- Israeli police are on heightened alert after several bombings believed to be targeting Israeli officials in three countries. No one has claimed responsibility, but Israel has pointed to Iran as the culprit.
- The Chinese have expressed a willingness to help the eurozone, but stopped short of pledging to buy bonds from the EU because they weren't sure it would provide a sufficient return. **Editorial Note: That's a bad communist! Bad!**
- House Republicans will support an extension of the payroll tax holiday without spending offsets, in a move widely seen as a backing down by the GOP to avoid a political fight they've been losing.
- Obama's budget includes a tax hike on the wealthy. The GOP has called it an "insult to taxpayers." Your editor is insulted that someone would presume my insult to the Obama budget. It's all very insulting. NPR asks, what would the GOP nominees do? And Ezra Klein on who bears the burden, Obama v Romney, when it comes to paying taxes.
- Speaking of Romney, he's losing independents. Perhaps it's because he's talking about how "severe" a conservative he is. Paul Krugman writes on how far right the GOP has drifted, when the front-runner who implemented a Heritage Foundation plan to expand healthcare runs like hell from that very accomplishment.
- More then 1.8 million dead people are on the voter roles in the USA, but incidence of voter fraud remain low.
- Justice Breyer was robbed by a man wielding a machete at his vacation home in the West Indies.