Detroit--America’s largest city to file for bankruptcy--has not asked for a federal bailout. But partisan forces are lining up on both sides. Should local officials-- there and in other failing cities and suburbs--take the fall—or have they been hit by slow-moving equivalents of natural disaster? The State Department has extended a travel advisory and the closing of US embassies in predominantly Muslim countries for the rest of this week. McClatchy Newspapers reports that it’s the result of “intercepted communications” containing “clear orders” for attacks by Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula. And on today's Talking Point, a survey of Amazon.com shows there are three times more books now available from the 1850’s than there are from the 1950’s. How is that possible?