There are at least a few things going on today, though most of it (the things involving something other than turkey and pumpkin pie, anyway) is happening outside the U.S.:

• Mohammed ElBaradei says that the IAEA investigation into Iran’s nuclear program has “reached a dead end” after stonewalling from the Iranian regime. That’s further than he has previously been willing to go. Not a good sign.

• The Washington Post reports that there’s been an agreement in Iraq on an elections law that would allow the Parliamentary voting to go forward. There has been no formal announcement yet, however, and in all likelihood, even with an agreement, the election date will slip to mid- to late-February.

• An election agreement in Iraq would help the Administration withdraw, perhaps freeing up troops for an expected escalation in Afghanistan, but the White House wants 10,000 extra troops from NATO countries as well. Good luck with that. They’ll be lucky to keep member countries from leaving completely.

• I wish the British Iraq inquiry was getting more attention in the States. Some of the revelations they’ve uncovered are truly amazing. Not that we didn’t all know that the Bush gang sought war well before 9/11 and that the facts were fixed around the policy, but we’re now getting details.

• Is Dubai, the go-go economy of the Middle East, trying to default on their debts? Global banks are so exposed in that country that we could really feel some pain from this.

• McClatchy runs a “news” article saying that the health care bills do nothing to control costs, using the exact same self-interested fiscal scold “experts” that David Broder used in his column last week. Journalism!

• Speaking of Broder, the Dean v. the Majority Leader AARP-set death match continues, and honestly, Reid’s getting the upper hand on this one. The less respect accorded to Broderella, the better.

• Exactly where did Wikileaks get all those pager messages from 9-11, supposedly before the era of data mining and domestic surveillance? According to them, “it is clear that the information comes from an organization which has been intercepting and archiving national US telecommunications since prior to 9/11.” Would that Congress want to know the answer to that.

• Those White House state dinner party crashers were “aspiring reality TV show stars,” which I think describes 60-70% of the country at this point. It’s our number one export.

• Finally, this happened last year, but it’s too good a memory not to recall: Rick Astley Rick-rolls the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. (h/t)

David Dayen

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