2012 POLLS: HILLARY CLINTON LEADS DEMOCRATS, TIED WITH ROMNEY 48-48DEMOCRAT PRIMARY: 30% CLINTON, 19% OBAMA, 13% FEINGOLD, 11% GORE, 5% BAYH, 4% WARNER, 3% BIDEN, RICHARDSON 2%, CLARK 2%, VILSACK 1%, HOLBROOKE 1%, EDWARDS 0% POLL SHOWS UP TO 28% OF REPUBLICANS WOULD SUPPORT PRIMARY CHALLENGER OVER ROMNEY -JULY 7, 2010 SYRIAN FORCES TAKE FALLUJAH-JULY 12, 2010 RUMORS SPREAD THAT IRAQI AND SYRIAN FORCES HAVE INFORMAL AGREEMENT NOT TO ATTACK EACH OTHER - AL-SADR CALLS ON IRAQIS TO 'KILL ANY AND ALL SYRIANS', MAHDI ARMY VOWS NOT TO HAND OVER ITS LAND TO 'GOVERNMENT OF INFIDELS'-JULY 13, 2010 AQI LEADER AL-MASRI KILLED BY SUNNI MILITIAS-JULY 16, 2010 The leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub Al-Masri has been kiled. He was hiding in a compound near Amiriyah in Anbar Province of Iraq. The compund was stormed by Sunni militants rebelling against Al-Qaeda. The commander, Muhammad Al-Dahreil found Al-Masri hiding under his bed, and had the terrorist leader dragged out of the compound, where he was then shot multiple times. Some accounts claim he had up to 50 bullets in his body by the end of his execution. The bloodied bodies of the Al-Qaeda leaders were then dragged away into a ditch and set on fire, with Dahreil refusing to allow them the 'honour' of an Islamic funeral. With Al-Qaeda in Iraq's leadership killed and its forces routed, the terrorist has largely been disbaled as a threat to Iraq. The Iraqi government has retaken many of its former territories, but despite the defeat of AQi, which proved far more fragile than expected, Iraq is far from stable. Shi'ite extremists still control the south and aren't willing to cooperate with the 'American puppet' government, while Syrian forces are occupying much of Anbar and face staunch opposition to their presence from the Iraqis. Still, the Syrians have promised to withdraw their forces by May 2011 if they deem the 'terrorist threat to be defeated', but they still face resentment and opposition from many Iraqis. Jafaari's government is still seen as weak and will struggle to assert its authority over Iraq. Now though, it has the chance to try. ROAR ACT FILIBUSTERED BY DEMOCRATS POLL: SUPPORT AND OPPOSITION FOR ROAR ACT TIED AT 44%-JULY 20, 2010 90,000 US WAR DOCUMENTS LEAKED BY WIKILEAKS-JULY 25, 2010 US ECONOMY: UNEMPLOYMENT AT 11.7%, INFLATION AT 1.6%, GROWTH RATE AT 2.8%-AUGUST 1, 2010 WHO DECLARES 2009 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC OVER-AUGUST 12, 2010 REPUBLICANS SEEK TO OVERCOME DEMOCRAT FILIBUSTER OF THE ROAR ACT The ROAR (Reform Of America's Regulations) Act is bogged down in the Senate, where the Democrat caucus is united in filibustering the bill. The Republicans are trying to break the Democrat filibuster, but that does not seem to be happening, with reports of wavering democrats facing stern punishments if they defect. The ROAR Act is a bill that curtails and overhauls many US government regulations and is one of the key planks of the President's economic program. However, while republicans praise the bill as a much-needed reform to the government, Democrats vehemently oppose it as a giveaway to big business and hurts the environment and worker's safety. This stand is spurred along by the rise of the People Power movement, as establishment Democrats hope to cater to the base. SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE POWER MOVEMENT AT 25%, OPPOSITION AT 30%-AUGUST 14, 2010 ROMNEY APPROVAL RATING HIST RECORD LOW OF 39% POLLS SHOW DEMOCRATS POISED TO TAKE THE HOUSE 75% OF AMERICANS THINK COUNTRY IS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION-AUGUST 16, 2010 HUNG PARLIAMENT IN AUSTRALIA: TONY ABBOTT'S COALITION GETS 73 SEATS TO LABOR'S 71 LABOR WINS POPULAR VOTE, POLLS SHOW MORE AUSTRALIANS SUPPORT A GILLARD GOVERNMENT THAN AN ABBOTT ONE LABOR HOPES TO ESTABLISH A GOVERNMENT WITH INDEPENDENTS AND GREENS, BUT IS AT A DISADVANTAGE*-21 AUGUST, 2010 TONY ABBOTT FORMS GOVERNMENT, BECOMES AUSTRALIAN PM TALIBAN LOSING GROUND BUT US LOSING LIVES WEST VIRGINIA SENATE ELECTION: 95-YEAR OLD ANTI-MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING ACTIVIST KEN HELCHER UPSETS JOE MANCHIN IN DEMOCRAT PRIMARY ESTABLISHMENT DEMOCRATS FEAR HELCHER NOMINATION WILL JEOPARDIZE THEIR HOLD ON WEST VIRGINIA SENATE SEAT -AUGUST 28, 2010 DEMOCRATS GAIN 3-POINT LEAD IN CONGRESSIONAL POLLING, BUT FACE UNLIKELY TO SWEEP THE SENATE PRESIDENT ROMNEY ABSENT FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES DESPERATE TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM HIM OHIO GOP CANDIDATE PORTMAN: ROMNEY'S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY FLAWED-SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 AFGHAN PARLIAMNETARY ELECTIONS BEGIN -------------------- *Since the closest seat in that election went to Labor by about 800 votes, a worse world economy and other butterflies could potentially change enough votes to give that seat to the Coalition and change the election's outcome.