Iraq Crumbling—Republicans Bumbling—What's New?

Just a couple of stories I wrote today:

1. Iraq is rapidly moving to a very precarious and disturbing place—albeit, a place a LOT of people have predicted it would end up at, but maybe not this quickly.

2. Buried in the House Republican version of the benefits extension bill (the one fixed by the compromise version the House Republicans ignored yesterday) was a reminder of why Democrats find it very difficult to compromise with the rightwing loonies: GOP wanted people to get drug tested when applying for unemployment benefits.