This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday:
The leaders of a special panel that is exploring ways to reduce the federal deficit released a dead-on-arrival proposal on Wednesday to reduce Social Security benefits to future retirees and repeal a number of popular tax breaks.
The proposal from the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform would wipe out nearly $4 trillion from projected deficits by the end of the decade. It would sharply cut military spending and potentially affects numerous sacred cows in politics, including retirement benefits and tax breaks for homeowners.
"Our country has tough choices to make. Without regard to party, we need to be willing to tell Americans the truth," said the report by Democrat Erskine Bowles, the president of the University of North Carolina system, and former Republican Senate leader Alan Simpson of Wyoming.