Bloomberg has a fascinating article on how Kurdish oil is causing controversy and strained relations between Baghdad and Turkey. Maliki’s government is losing more than territory. They’re losing oil refineries, border crossings, and millions in revenue.

Relatedly, the administration is beginning to view the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a single challenge. It’s about time.

Did you see the Joint Statement of the Director of National Intelligence and Attorney General on their FISA reforms?

Herman Cain thinks we have to become ambassadors of intelligence or else the stupid people win.

If you are interested in a debate about transvestites and Cards Against Humanity, go here.

Don’t miss Joe Conason on Benghazi!

Let’s have some more John Prine.

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