- Al Shabaab has "officially joined al-Qaeda." Whatever that means -- they pledged fealty to OBL several years ago; this Editor is dubious of the practical implications of this move.
- A drone strike in Pakistan killed an al-Qaeda ally early today. It was the second strike in two days.
- U.S. intelligence analysts lament the death of Inspire and the insight in provided.
- The United States will ease restrictions on women in combat. This is more a shrugging acceptance of reality on the part of the Pentagon than it is revolutionary.
- Severely weakened by the House GOP, the STOCK Act progresses, passing the House 417 to 2.
- The long anticipated foreclosure settlement between five of the United States' leading banks and the fifty states and federal government has come to pass. The federal government and 49 states agreed to a $26 billion settlement. The "landmark" agreement is pretty underwhelming.
- Nationwide, Gallup has Santorum tied with Gingrich at 20 but Romney still leading at 36.