An occasional feature on items that have not been in the news -- which is, in itself, newsworthy.
1. It's possible that some late reports could come in, but it's pretty clear that February had one of the lowest numbers of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined since the war in Iraq began. Three Americans died in Iraq in February (along with six in January, both months winding up higher than recent trends), while 17 Americans died in Afghanistan. The low was in December 2008, when 14 died in Iraq and 3 in Afghanistan. A few important caveats...deaths in Afghanistan are strongly seasonal, with winter always a comparatively better time; also, February is February, being shorter and all. However, coalition deaths year-to-year deaths in Afghanistan are now flat over the last eight months, and are down sharply (over 20%) for January and February 2011 vs. 2010.
2. Haven't heard anything about Park51/Cordoba House/Ground Zero Mosque lately.
3. Guess I have to include this one: conservative revolt against the (relatively) clean two-week CR extension, contrary to my speculation. Only six Republicans dissented. Jordan Ragusa had an interesting take on this a few days ago; in his view, John Boehner was making a strong play by using the open rule to load the CR (that is, HR 1, funding the remainder of the fiscal year) with lots of stuff that he could then bargain down. My concern was basically that Boehner wouldn't be able to deliver the votes once he did that. I'd say Tuesday's vote was a point in Ragusa's favor...but we'll see what happens in the next round.
4. The old standby, Fairness Doctrine. Also, gun control.