– Mitt Romney’s proposed budget increases for the Pentagon combined with his proposal to cut government deficits would require additional, unspecified, cuts to Medicaid, domestic agency budgets and various benefit programs.
– President Obama will issue an executive order on Monday allowing U.S. officials to impose sanctions on foreign nationals found to have used technologies like cellphone tracking and Internet monitoring to help commit human rights abuses.
– Iran claimed yesterday that it has gleaned secret intelligence form an American drone that crashed in the country back in December.
– France’s Socialist Party candidate François Hollande won this weekend’s poll over the center-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, setting up a runoff vote between the two early next month.
– In Syria, Islamic extremists are trickling into the country from Iraq and elsewhere and carrying out bombing attacks. Diplomats said the extremists face trouble recruiting and allying with even loosely organized Syrian rebel factions.
– A failed missile launch won’t hold back North Korean bluster: the official news agency made a direct threat against South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Seoul, vowing to kill him and “the group of rat-like elements” surrounding him and reducing the city to ashes “in three or four minutes.”
– Egypt has reportedly terminated its contract to supply natural gas to Israel, ending a joint venture which had served as a cornerstone of the peace process between Egypt and Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the cutoff was merely a “business dispute.”
– Organizers for a concert at Fort Knox military based removed Ted Nugent from the lineup after his remarks that he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Obama is re-elected. The Secret Service interviewed Nugent days after he made the remarks.