Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Germany, too: “The German debt agency could not find buyers for almost half a bond sale of 6 billion euros. That pushed the cost of borrowing over 10 years for the bloc’s paymaster above those for the United States for the first time since October. ‘It is a complete and utter disaster,’ said Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities in London.” (thanks to R.P. for the tip)
* Wrong direction: “New applications for regular state unemployment-insurance benefits ticked higher, according to the latest weekly data, rising 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 393,000, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.”
* Yemen: “After months of street protests calling for his resignation, President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement Wednesday that Yemeni officials said immediately transferred power to his vice president.”
* Egypt: “The outskirts of Tahrir Square, the iconic landmark of Egypt’s revolution, plunged into chaos Wednesday, after attempts by the Egyptian military, religious clerics and doctors failed to stanch a sixth day of fighting that has posed the greatest crisis to the country since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February.”
* Will the failure of the super-committee lead to a credit rating downgrade? Not according to Moody’s, it won’t.
* Murdoch media scandal: “James Murdoch has resigned from the boards of the companies that publish its British newspapers including the now-defunct News of the World tabloid at the centre of the phone hacking sandal, regulatory filings show.”
* Cause for concern: “The U.S.-Russian talks to cooperate on missile defense have apparently failed, as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced a series of retaliatory measures today aimed at giving Russia the ability to destroy the American-led system in Eastern Europe.” Medvedev cited congressional Republicans as a major point of concern.
* A fantastic graphic from The National Post on the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
* Newt Gingrich thinks he’s an intellectual. He’s not.
* My principal problem with Mort Zuckerman’s political analysis is that he says things that aren’t true.
* Gamers rule: “Last week, the National STEM Video Game Challenge officially opened, aiming to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.”
* Mitt Romney, zombie.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.