Haven't done one of these for a while...these are items not in the news, which itself makes them newsworthy:
1. Citizen vetting: it seemed that we were going to get lots of ordinary citizens who made important opposition research finds. Were there any so far this year? Maybe we'll get more in Congressional contests.
2. Afghanistan casualties. Through the end of June, coalition deaths are down a bit over 20% from last year. US deaths are down just a hair below 20%. The people at icasualties credit one US death from Iraq this year; that puts total US deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan so far this year at 165, down from 243 through June last year. It seems likely that 2012 will be the "best" year for US and coalition casualties since 2002. That's still a lot of deaths, of course.
3. Well, the obvious one: third party candidates. Major ones, that is. It really was possible we could have had one this time around.
4. Either way: gun control or the old favorite, Fairness.