An occasional item about items not in the news, which itself makes them newsworthy.
1. I haven't seen any coverage of this yet, but pending any late news it appears that fewer American troops died in Iraq in October* -- two -- then in any previous month since the war began. There was a lot of skeptical commentary about the end of combat operations a couple months ago, and casualties spiked up a bit in September, but the trend line is clearly down (sixteen American deaths over the last four months, also a new low, compared with 29 the previous four months or 34 for July - October 2009). It's a big deal, and I think underreported, that Barack Obama has stayed on course with withdrawal regardless of what's happening at any particular moment.
2. Next up, Afghanistan. American troop levels are up, and coalition activity appears to be up, but coalition casualties have, at least for now, stopped rising. I have no idea whether this will wind up meaning anything or not, but coalition deaths in Afghanistan were slightly off year-to-year marks in September and October, and in fact were flat year-to-year for July through October. That's after large year-to-year increases in the first half of 2010, and large year-to-year increases throughout 2009. Again, this could be a blip, and it also doesn't say much if anything about larger success or failure in that war, and the casualty level is still much higher than it was two years ago...but nevertheless, after four months I'm willing to say it's something to take note of.
3. Oh, I'll put something here about the election: as far as I know, no GOP candidates actually talked about impeachment during the campaign, and the main focus of Republican rhetoric was on policy, not scandal. Indeed, while we should expect plenty of investigations from the House, including some goofy ones, I think (given the GOP House majority, which of course was only speculative until yesterday) impeachment is quite a bit less likely over 2011-2012 than it was six or twelve months ago.
4. As usual, Fairness Doctrine revival. Also, gun control.
*Corrected; somehow, I managed to substitute "February" for "October." Thanks to Sullivan for the catch, and the link.