Protests continue to rage in Muslim capitals in several countries including Egypt, Oman and Yemen. In Cairo, riot police have been so-far-successful at pushing back violent protesters. It should be noted the protests are not that large.. maybe up to a thousand people. Conor Powell is in Kabul, Leland Vittert in Cairo and Greg Palkot is in London, Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon and James Rosen is at the State Department.
The protests come over the ridiculous idea that the U.S. government is somehow pushing a low budget movie that attacks Islam. It's not true.
It comes as we learn new details about just what went down at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Four were killed including the U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. Now it appears the attack was coordinated and well planned. Four people have been arrested according to Libyan officials, but the crime scene appears unguarded and not much of an investigation is underway. The attack has all the hallmarks of an Al Qaeda attack.
Embassy security has been dramatically increased at U.S. embassies around the world.
Meantime, Kenyan police said today they stopped a major terror attack in its final stages.. arresting two people with bombs and weapons.
The Fed announced an aggressive program to kick start the economy.. with a major purchase of mortgage bonds.. they'll also keep interest rates low for years to come.. investors loved it sending stocks soaring (they're up in pre-market action again today) Some are criticizing Ben Bernanke and the Fed for intervening again.. especially now in the middle of an election.
Speaking of the election,
New WSJ/ NBC News polling suggests President Obama has a lead in three swing states: OH, FL and VA.
President Obama is having the 2012 U.S. Olympics and Paralympic teams to the White House.
Mitt Romney is back in Ohio today. Paul Ryan is in Washington, DC for the Values Voters Summit.
The House of Reps on Thursday passed a six month stopgap spending bill through the elections and into Spring.