Mixed bag of “Middle Eastern turbulence” and campaign news today. Here’s a sampler tray:
* New York Times blog on protests stresses their opportunistic nature; grievances range over many issues, some unrelated to U.S.
* As Brother Benen reports, House passes temporary funding measure to avoid pre-election controversy, despite earlier conservative thundering about new cuts.
* Despite fiery anti-Obama speech, Paul Ryan displeases Values Voter Summit co-sponsor Bryan Fischer of American Family Association by failing to mention same-sex marriage. Fischer also repeats “win or die” threats to GOP.
* In her own VVS speech, Michele Bachmann suggests Obama has tried to outlaw “understanding who the enemy is” in apparent gesture of solidarity with anti-Muslim bigots.
* In interview, Mitt Romney condemns Innocence of Muslims, apparently exhibiting sympathy for America’s enemies. This is getting confusing.
And in non-political news:
* Home Depot closes big-box stores in China as spox says Chinese a “do-it-for me market, not a do-it-yourself market.” Clearly, HD doesn’t think customer always right.
Back in just a few.