* Israel is facing some tough decisions soon, thanks to regional turmoil.
* Good read: learning economic lessons from Japan's example.
* New report claims widespread abuse by the border patrol.
* John Dickerson on Perry's debate performance. Bonus: winners and losers, and fact-checking.
* The Explainer on how often the death penalty is actually carried out.
* Interesting read on innovation and the American decline.
* Growing number of female vets reporting PTSD and sexual trauma.
* Atheism continues to grow in America.
* Oh, and those smart guys at CERN might have found a particle that goes faster than light. By the way.