Karen Hughes: nice that the public diplomacy czar will have the president's ear; too bad she's almost exactly the wrong person for the job.
Lebanon's rallies: I guess big, organized crowds aren't less authentic and pure than spontaneous, happy go-lucky ones after all, eh? Either way, what Jon Edelstein said: two powerful, deeply rooted and authentic popular movements, and any political solution is going to have to take both into account. I still don't see what the anti-Syrian opposition has in common beyond opposition to Syria, though, nor do I see that Syria's leaving actually hurts Hizbollah very much, but that will be a topic for another day.
Egypt: al Hayat and other sources report that Mubarak told a crowd of some 300 civil society advocates in Alexandria that more political reforms would be forthcoming. That would be nice. Haven't seen much discussion of it anywhere yet, though.
Iraqis are burning Jordanian flags over an article published in the new daily al Ghad, which seems to have falsely reported a Jordanian family celebrating their son's role in a terrorist operation over there. They have apologized for the story in a front page retraction. Reporting false information which leads to the burning of Jordanian flags in Iraq: bad. Having the editors of the paper hauled into the police for violating a provision of the press law which makes "harming the national interest" a crime: also bad. And, as yucky as this incident appears to be, the appearance of al Ghad, which appears to be a genuinely independent daily paper and which is staffed with at least some people who I know personally to be talented journalists and politically astute writers: good. It would be nice if there were actually a Jordanian newspaper worth reading again... it's been a while.
And last, but not least, having Wild Bill Hickok be shot in the back in the fourth episode of Deadwood, which I am now watching for the first time courtesy of Netflix? .... don't even get me started. Bastards. F**ing c**ks*****i*g b*as*ta**s.