- Iran debuted its homemade nuclear fuel today. It also announced its willingness to return to the negotiating table.
- U.S. Special Agent Jamie Zapata, traveling in an armored suburban in the Mexican war zone, was killed as a result, in part, of the automatic door unlock when parked feature. This just defeats understanding.
- Despite all the negative reporting on Libya, 75% of Libyans think they are better off today than they were one year ago. Better yet, 43% of Libyans thank the United States for that outcome (but 86% rightly thank France).
- Israel drew a closer link between the would-be Iranian bomber in Thailand and the bomb and attempt in India and Georgia, claiming that the bombs are all similar.
- The Arab League pushes forward on the "Uniting for Peace" path. France, meanwhile, works for humanitarian corridors. This Editor believes the humanitarian corridors route would be merely a first step toward armed intervention, as they would almost certainly be attacked or harassed, necessitating armed protection and so on.
- We have a payroll tax cut deal! It's a ten-month extension, giving the Republicans the gift of not having their unpopular, anti-middle class positions highlighted near Election Day.
- SANTORMENTUM: Megadeath backs Rick. Also, another day, another national poll with Santorum in the lead. Another Michigan poll, too. And what's this? An Ohio poll, too?! The Rust Belt has SANTORMENTUM.
- But maybe not for long--Willard McScrooge Romney is grossly outspending the rest of the field (and crushing Santorum) in all but one media market in Michigan and on cable. And that's just Michigan, Romney is dropping $5 million over the next two weeks across Arizona, Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Georgia. This Editor imagines this will look something like the Romney negative blitz in Iowa that sank Gingrich in December.