The House of Representative failed to either
authorize the war in Libya or to de-fund it, leaving the current legal situation intact. The Obama Administration is neither following the War Powers Act, not is Congress insisting that it do so, nor has Congress thrown in the towel and authorized the war.
President Obama does a modest little bit of push-back on Republican attempts to eviscerate the Federal Budget and to impoverish all those citizens who depend on an active government and gets called a "dick" for his efforts. Good quote on that:
Forget the trees; look at the forest: congressional Republicans, for the first time in American history, are holding the debt ceiling hostage. They’ve announced to the country and the world that they’ll cause an economic crash, on purpose, unless Democrats agree to dramatic spending cuts. Yesterday, President Obama held a press conference to urge GOP leaders to accept a compromise — he and other Democrats will accept massive cuts, but the president wants Republicans to agree to some concessions as part of a bipartisan agreement.
Casualties are going up in Iraq. Why might that be?
Some analysts have said that the primary reason
attacks on U.S. troops have increased significantly in recent months is because top U.S. officials have been saying publicly that the U.S. military will stay past the Dec. 31, 2011 total withdrawal deadline. One former Iraqi U.N. diplomat said
that “U.S. soldiers are likely being targeted more now because there is talk that Iraqi and American officials will try to keep additional troops” past 2011.
Now, this looks promising
! Attorney General Eric Holder opens up inquiry into detainee deaths. Granted, the cases are from 2002 and 2003 and he has promised not to look into 101 other suspicious cases, but hey, baby steps, y'know.
Also, a United Nations report on Afghanistan directly contradicts
US stories of progress in that country.
Protest on the detention of ship's captain by Greece.
Captain John Klusmer was arrested when the US boat Audacity of Hope -- the flagship in a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists -- attempted to leave Greek waters on Friday after Athens banned all Gaza-bound ships from setting sail.
Description of protest with press release from Audacity of Hope added as comment.