Poor Willard Romney. He hoped to win Michigan, his adopted home state, with a big-deal speech on his economic policies. But it was a lot of rehash (hint: he wants rich people to pay less taxes and the poors to pay more), and stood out more for the fact that it was delivered in a cavernously empty football stadium and included some awkward attempts at workingman's cred, like point out that wife drives a "couple of Cadillacs."

Seems the profligate massacre
of Syrian civilians is continuing apace. Glad Syria has "friends."

Iran dares Israel to attack, promising Israel's collapse if it does—bluster that's erupted amid reports Iran has dramatically increased its enrichment of high-grade, mirror-snortable uranium.

First, the ayatollahs may find themselves facing off against their own blockade-starved middle class. Parliamentary elections are planned for this week, the first widespread vote since protests erupted (and were violently squelched) in 2009 over a flawed presidential election.

White-hot rage over the US military's incineration of Korans has become increasingly blood-soaked. Two American officers were shot dead in an Afghanistan ministry, likely by the Taliban, and now NATO is pulling out its worker bees.

Congratulations, Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi
—Yemen's first new president in 30 years. Here's what you've won: a crippled economy; the chance to dash the unsustainable hopes of a restive, revolutionary population; and continued onslaughts from one of the world's strongest-remaining Al-Qaida branches.

It was a fixer-upper, sure—what with helicopter-crash burns, bullet holes, no home Internet, and blood stains. But it was satellite-TV ready. And, shit, how about all that privacy? No matter. Pakistan is knocking down Osama bin Laden's old compound.

John Kroger's office let a man convicted of triple-murder go free because the evidence that would have been used in new trial sat moldering—believed to be lost forever—in a forgotten filing cabinet in a hallway.

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