On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
After a nice long holiday weekend, President Obama and members of Congress suddenly remembered that they never took care of that fiscal cliff thing that happens in just six days. The President will end his holiday vacation early, leaving his family behind in Hawaii and heading to Washington on Wednesday night in order to resume work on budget negotiations. Congress will also return to work on Thursday, giving the two sides just five days (including two weekend days and New Year's Eve) to strike a deal before taxes go up on everyone in America—among other economic disasters.