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Israel bombs Syria

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Well, this ups the ante.

From NYT:

Israel aircraft bombed a target in Syria overnight Thursday, an Obama administration official said Friday night, as United States officials said they were considering military options, including carrying out their own airstrikes. Continue reading Israel bombs Syria

Saturday Night News Roundup

I would like to reinforce and clarify my thoughts from the other day. I don’t think that any law restricting or regulating guns is going to be perfect. I think that thoughtful regulation should decrease the probability of mass shooting in the future. That’s it.

President George H. W. Bush is out of the ICU. No clue what was really wrong with him. I pray that he continues to improve.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) points out that we could follow Grover Norquist over the fiscal cliff.

Ed Markey has thrown his hat into the ring for John Kerry’s old Senate seat. He seems to have some growing support.

From Steve:

Assad is still losing friends: “Russia, Syria’s longtime ally, urged the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, on Friday to negotiate with his opponents as further signs emerged that Moscow and other international parties to the conflict were coalescing around the idea of a transitional government as a key to solving the nearly two-year-old Syrian crisis.”

Watering down an already watered down reform effort: “Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Carl Levin (D-MI) on Friday unveiled a bipartisan proposal to change filibuster rules, a scaled back plan to prevent Democrats from using the so-called constitutional option to weaken the minority’s power.”

Monday Evening News Roundup

Monday Evening News Roundup

I wish I could tell you that I sat down watched hours and hours of the Olympics. I haven’t. For some reason, life hasn’t stopped. I was able to catch a little bit of the US women’s soccer game. An amazing ending.

From Steve Benen @ MaddowBlog:

Truly extraordinary: “The [NASA] spacecraft plunged through Mars’ atmosphere, fired up a rocket-powered platform and lowered the car-sized, 1-ton Curiosity rover to its landing spot in 96-mile-wide (154-kilometer-wide) Gale Crater. Then the platform flew off to its own crash landing, while Curiosity sent out a text message basically saying, ‘I made it!'”

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Huge shake-up in the Assad regime: “Syria’s prime minister has fled the country, activists and Syria’s official media reported Monday, in what appeared to be the highest level defection from President Bashar al-Assad’s government thus far.” Continue reading Monday Evening News Roundup