- Digby and mcjoan will talk over the week's events (and what a week it's been) tonight, 8:00 EST at Virtually Speaking and on Blog Talk Radio.
- After seven years, the U.S. Marines are ending operations in Iraq.
- South Carolina Lt. Gov Andre Bauer believes government assistance is like "feeding stray animals."
"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better," Bauer said.
Full audio available here. (h/t Scarce)
- The White House is confident Bernanke will be confirmed for a second term as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
- It is a good news/bad news weekend for Democrats on the campaign trail. First the bad news: Joe Biden's seat in the Senate from the state of Delaware may be imperiled with the revelation that his son, Attorney General Beau Biden, is apparently disinterested in making a bid. [Update: Apparently Joe Biden was talking about Senator Ted Kauffman]. The good news: Democrats might be a better bet to hold onto the statehouse in New York with the news that AndrewCuomo has decided to run for Governor, although he will apparently wait until March to announce it.
- An oil tanker spilled 450,000 gallons of crude oil in Port Arthur, Texas after colliding with a barge. The tanker was en route to Exxon's Beaumont, TX refinery.