In Syria, young social media activists are playing a major role in what began as a demand for reform and now seems to be a call for revolution.
They are part of the same Facebook generation that helped topple autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt. But in Syria, protest is a very dangerous business. Some activists have been forced to flee. They now work across the border in Lebanon, with simple tools — cell phones and touch pads.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and a team of campaign finance lawyers have launched a legal attack on two rules written by the Federal Election Commission — rules that currently shield wealthy and corporate donors from public identification.
The challenge, in a lawsuit against the FEC and a separate petition to the agency, comes as opponents of big money in politics struggle to regain the offensive. After years of court decisions that went against them, advocates who once fought to set tougher limits on contributions are now fighting to save transparency.
Pope John Paul II will be beatified in May, which puts him halfway toward sainthood. To have gotten this far, the Vatican must believe that the late pope is responsible for a miracle. Earlier this year, the Vatican declared that a woman was miraculously healed from Parkinson's disease after she prayed to the late pontiff.
And this raises the question: How does the Vatican investigate miracles?
Let's start in Ferndale, Wash., where a potential miracle is under investigation.