Welcome to Wednesday, 23 March 2011. Traditionally called "Hump Day" in some parts due to its location and identification as the "mid-week" milestone, here is a selection of some of the stories currently catching the most attention at sites like McClatchy and Al Jazeera (English):
Most Viewed Last 24 Hours
- S.C. Gov. Haley has appointed 26 campaign donors to posts
- China buying U.S. aviation firms
- As Mideast roils, Al Jazeera finds its 'CNN moment'
- Poll: Public already losing patience with new Congress
- Libya assault sets up battle between Obama, Congress
Mary Sanchez: The outrageous suggestion that illegal immigrants could be dealt with like feral hogs flew out of Kansas state Rep. Virgil Peck’s mouth and across the Internet. The fact that it slipped out of his mouth so readily indicates that the tenor of the debate over illegal immigration may be reaching dangerous levels.
The U.S. program to spend billions of dollars on Afghanistan's facilities is failing. Corruption, nepotism and mismanagement hobble the reconstruction.
Medill and McClatchy assess the impact of the Obama administration's economic stimulus package. Its benefits have been uneven across the country.
Scientists studying water contamination at Camp Lejeune have learned of another source of leaking fuel near a drinking well that served thousands of Marines and their families.
- Battles rage for control of Libyan towns
- Deaths as Syrian forces 'storm mosque'
- Questions remain over NATO role in Libya
- America's Saudi air war
- Libya intervention threatens the Arab spring
- Police raid Bangladesh 'slave' camp
- Syria's coming revolution?
- Plot to undermine Indonesian president
- Misurata shelled as battle for Libya rages
- Setback for Anwar in Malaysia sodomy trial
What's news in your neck of the woods? Let us know in the comments below. And as we begin our descent toward the end of the work week and long slow slide into the weekend, please keep your hands, feet and any miscellaneous appendages inside the vehicle...
Use this as an Open Thread.