NY Times headline: "General Denies Rift With Obama Over Afghan Strategy" That would be General McChrystal of course. These stories denying resignation talk don't look good.
Sarah speaks before an international business group in Hong Kong. A couple Americans stomped out, a European praised the speech as "brilliant." Here's one account, here another. Excerpts. She delivered a 75-minute defense of "common sense conservatism," for example: "We engage with a hope that Beijing becomes a responsible stakeholder, but we must take steps in the event that it goes in a different direction."
Today I heard Francis Fukuyama (of SAIS and "end of history" fame) present the second of a four-part series summarizing his most recent tour d'horizon book, to be published next year. In a little over an hour he presented an extraordinary summary of the origins of the modern state in China and India, and how they reflect religion (or its absence) and kinship groups. The first lecture, on evolutionary biology, can be found here. Later ones will be posted as well.