Meanwhile in Iraq

Baghdad Blasts Kill at Least 50

On Tuesday, at least seven explosions throughout Baghdad killed more than 50 people and wounded 180 others. They represent the fifth day in a spree of attacks that has killed at least 119 people in Baghdad. This obviously has Iraqis fretting about a return to the sectarian violence that debilitated Iraq between 2005 and 2007. The Associated Press says U.S. and Iraqi officials blame the attacks on “al-Qaida insurgents seizing on gaping security lapses created by the political deadlock that has gripped the country since its March 7 parliamentary election failed to produce a clear winner.”