- The Syrian National Council, a key opposition group largely composed of exiled Syrians, has rejected Kofi Annan's call for a dialogue with the Assad government.
- Greece has been able to get over 85% of its bond holders to agree to a 50% write down of debt. It's a long road ahead, but for now Greece is avoiding default.
- The U.S. and Afghanistan have reached a deal to that would give the Afghans ownership of the Parwan detention center.
- Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa is in the news and Invisible Children is under scrutiny.
- Employers created over 210,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate has remained constant at 8.3%.
- The Senate rejected two amendments that would have expedited the construction of the Keystone pipeline.
- Boehner's on a losing streak.
- Romney is asking the GOP establishment for more money.
- Corporations avoid giving money to Super PACs, but are preferring to give money to politically active non-profits where donations can be anonymous. In other words, take Karl Rove's Super PAC, American Crossroads, it raised $18.4 million dollars in 2011 and had to disclose where that money came from. But Karl Rove also founded the non-profit Crossroads GPS, and that organization brought in $32.6 million in 2011, but does not have to report where that money came from. These non-profits or 501(c)4s can donate their money to American Crossroads and when the donor list is reported Crossroads GPS is reported as the donor. **Editorial Note: Does that sound an awful lot like money laundering to anyone else?**