In the face of massive GOP obstruction, Obama has expanded presidential power in the domestic arena; NATO issues new rosy predictions about handoff to Afghans in 2014. Also:
--NY Times finally exposes ALEC as the "stealth" corporate lobby we've known about for more than a year
--op-ed by Yale professor Andrew March details the case of Pittsburgh pharmacist Tarek Mehanna, sentenced to 17-years for pro-Jihad speech and thought crimes
--Sen. Orrin Hatch, (Far-R-Utah) gets primary challenge from someone even further to the right
--former Dem Sen. John "Breck Boy" Edwards starts trial over hush money paid by political pals to his mistress
--Tom DeLay's former chief of staff gets 5 months house arrest--what's the delay in locking up DeLay?
--there is so much crude oil in the US that a tanker had to return to Valdez when it couldn't offload it all--we are being fleeced!
--Watergate convict Chuck Colson dies--he spent half his life fighting for prison reform