A new study says that the US is poised to become world's largest single oil producer, passing Saudi Arabia and Russia. This sounds like a big deal, but it's not so much. The US is a big country and has always produced a lot of oil. Saudi Arabia is using up their reserves, and the Russians aren't in a big rush to use up theirs.
They're also predicting that the US could become self-sufficient in oil production in a couple of decades. This again is not such a big deal, we produce over 60% of our uses, and we export 30% of what we refine. I'm not sure exactly how those numbers should be reconciled, but we aren't that far off from producing our needs already.
If we made any real effort to get off of fossil fuels, it wouldn't take that long to stop importing oil, especially from the middle-east.
The 'we are the white majority' people think they're clever by pushing secession petitions on the White House website. Two states are supposedly over the 25,000 signature threshold. The thing is, these are all 'national' petitions and not limited to signers from each state or even from one petition to another. There may not be as many crazy people as it seems, unless they are too stupid to figure this out. (shhhh, don't tell them) Georgia has two petitions, I guess they intend to secede from the Confederacy as well.
The Petraeus scandal is actually becoming interesting, I never believed this was really about him fooling around. Word is that he perjured himself in front of Congress over the Benghazi attack. It seems the real target of this right-wing militia wasn't the ambassador, but a CIA dark sight prison. A small problem is that these prisons have been banned since 2009. This all came out as the result of a public speech by Petraeus's mistress Paula Broadwell that spilled the beans on the actual reason for the attack.
How exactly she was privy to this information isn't clear, but high ranking generals are dropping like leaves in a hard frost. I doubt is has anything to do with 'sexting'. This is likely to get far stranger before it ends.