President Obama yesterday.(JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

• The Obama administration is stepping closer to advocating the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Syria has detained at least 10,000 (!) protesters in the past week or so. [NYT]

• The bad news is European diplomats and Iranian negotiators are talking past each other. The good news is, according to U.N. experts, sanctions are slowing Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. [AP/WP]

• A newly revealed document shows Israeli officials acknowledging that over several decades as many as 140,000 West Bank Palestinians who went abroad for awhile were stripped of residency. [Haaretz]

• A federal judge upheld the guilty verdicts of four men accused of planning to bomb Bronx synagogues. [NYT]

• Even now that Tony Kushner will be offered an honorary doctorate, many, including CUNY’s faculty union, want Jeffrey Wiesenfeld—who most prominently argued against Kushner—off the Board of Trustees. [NYT]