Archive for June, 2011

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Daily International News 06.30.11

June 30, 2011

Daily International News
June 30, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japanese gov’t, DPJ agrees on doubling consumption tax by mid-2010s
[Xinhua]
Toyota recalls 110,000 hybrid cars on safety concerns
[BBC]
Koreas
Kim Jong-il’s Train Stops Short of Russian Border
[Chosun]
N. Korea increases grain imports from China
[Yonhap]
S. Korean pastor gets reduced sentence for illegal trip to N. Korea
[Yonhap]
South is spurned on trip to Mt. Kumgang
[JoongAng]
North Korean defector learns to live outside the world’s biggest prison
[Guardian]
Football: Sweden out for second win against N. Korea
[AFP]
China
U.N. rights boss raps China for not arresting Bashir
[Reuters] and China bolsters economic ties with Sudan [Al Jazeera]
Amnesty Int’l: China crackdown on lawyers expands
[AP]
China to celebrate CPC’s 90th birthday
[Xinhua]
Philippine president to visit China in August
[Kyodo]
Ai Weiwei Photography Exhibit: A Chinese Dissident Views New York
[NYT]
China opens world’s longest sea bridge near Qingdao
[BBC]
Taiwan unveils upgraded fighter jet
[AP]
Taiwan ex-President Lee Teng-hui ’embezzled $7.8m’
[BBC]
China raises income tax threshold
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Japan to offer aid to improve living standards of Myanmar people
[Kyodo]
Burma: Australian publisher Ross Dunkley convicted
[BBC]
Yeoh ‘saddened’ by deportation from Myanmar
[AP]
U.N.-backed court concludes hearing on 4 Khmer Rouge leaders
[Kyodo]
Saudi Arabia bars Indonesia and Philippines workers
[BBC]
Three British students killed in Thailand coach crash
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Nato ‘kills senior Haqqani militant in Afghanistan’
[BBC]
Obama weighed military, political risk for Afghan plan
[Reuters]
Pakistan stops US from using ‘drone base’
[Al Jazeera]
French journalists held hostage by Taliban return home
[BBC]
Bangladesh abolishes caretaker gov’t for elections
[AP]

Middle East
Indictments issued in Hariri death probe
[Al Jazeera]
U.S. Monthly Combat Deaths in Iraq at 3-Year High
[NYT]
Strategic Site Is Captured by Militants in Yemen
[NYT]
Bahrain halts military-style trials for protesters
[AP]

Africa
Egypt police clash with youths; over 1,000 hurt
[Reuters]
U.S. hifts to closer contact with Egypt Islamists
[Reuters]
Morocco prepares for vote on king’s powers
[Al Jazeera]
NATO says not involved in arms aid to Libya rebels
[Reuters]
Spain: al-Qaida possibly buying Libyan war weapons
[AP]
NATO Airstrike Kills Militant Leader Linked to Kabul Hotel Attack
[VOA]
Libyan crisis tops agenda of AU summit in Equatorial Guinea
[Xinhua]
Rival Sudan forces to quit border ahead of independence
[BBC]

Europe
Greece clears final hurdle to get bailout funds
[AP]
Rebel Greek MP votes against part of austerity bill
[Reuters]
Sarkozy involved in scuffle during handshake tour
[Reuters]
Putin says Russia will expand presence in Arctic
[AP]
UK public sector strike hits services and schools
[BBC]
Jellyfish force Torness nuclear reactor shutdown in UK
[BBC]

Western Hemisphere [non-US]
Venezuela suspends summit over Hugo Chavez’s illness
[BBC]
U.S. Drops Deportation Proceedings Against Immigrant in Same-Sex Marriage
[NYT]
William, Kate off to Canada, US in first tour
[AP]

Domestic
Senate cancels July 4 recess
[POLITICO]
Dysfunctional Congress ‘worse’ than ever?
[POLITICO]
GOP governors huddle on 2012 race
[POLITICO]
TIME’s Halperin apologizes for calling Obama ‘a dick’
[POLITICO]
Minn. braces for government shutdown
[AP]
Suspected Tucson gunman can be forced to take antipsychotic drugs, judge rules
[LAT]
Bill to Aid Farm Workers Union Is Vetoed
[NYT]
Nigerian flies from NY to DC with invalid pass
[AP]
Birthers Sue Esquire Over Parody, Seeking More than $200 Million
[Forbes]

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Daily International News 06.29.11

June 29, 2011

Daily International News
June 29, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Tepco says may ask for more power-use restrictions
[Reuters]
Toyota to recall 82,200 vehicles in the US
[AP]
Kan rumored to call snap election with energy policy as focal issue
[Mainichi]
Lady Gaga sued over fundraising for Japan
[AP]
Koreas
NKorea vows military retaliation against SKorea
[AP]
North Korea issues threat to South amid joint talks
[BBC]
North Korea, Russia abandon plans for Kim meeting
[Reuters]
Korea talks fail to resolve resort row, says official
[Reuters]
Parsing North Korea’s Lightning Excuse
[WSJ]
Cheney, Buehler score as US beats North Korea 2-0
[AP]
China/Taiwan
China has indisputable sovereignty over South China Sea islands: spokesman
[Xinhua]
China says its naval drills no cause for alarm
[Reuters]
Lawyer for Released Chinese Artist Seeks Review on Taxes
[NYT]
Top US military officer to visit China in July
[AP]
As China Communist Party turns 90, a debate erupts
[AP]
Taiwanese fishing boat spotted near Senkaku Islands
[Kyodo]
Taiwan, China mark 1st anniversary of trade accord signing
[Kyodo]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar government warns Suu Kyi tour may cause riots
[Reuters]
Myanmar gov’t bans Suu Kyi from political activities
[Mainichi]
Japan tells Suu Kyi plan to help Myanmar’s democratization
[Kyodo]
Flash floods kill 15 in southern Philippines
[Kyodo]
Fugitive ex-leader Thaksin dominates Thai election
[AFP]

South/Central Asia
Police search Kabul hotel after Taliban attack kills 9
[Reuters]
Raid by Afghan Forces and NATO Ends Attack on Hotel in Kabul
[NYT]FAS Asks: Are Pakistan’s Nukes Safe? [WSJ]

Middle East
Saudi Forces Withdrawing From Bahrain
[NYT]
Israel razes West Bank settlement outpost
[AFP]
Leading Palestinian activist arrested in London
[Guardian]
Hundreds of Yemeni troops defect to rebels – opposition
[Reuters]
Rep. Kucinich’s Syria visit raises eyebrows
[POLITICO]
Syrian forces kill four civilians in Idlib – activist
[Reuters]
Bahrain sets up fact-finding team for recent unrest
[Reuters]

Africa
France providing weapons to Libya rebels -Le Figaro
[Reuters]
Police, protesters clash for 2nd day in Cairo
[AP]
Ethiopia to make ‘power hub’ with 4 new Nile dams
[AP]
Sudan deal with South Kordofan and Blue Nile rebels
[BBC]
UN rights deputy sees risk of new war in Sudan
[AP]
Senegal deploys extra troops as power cuts enrage
[Reuters]
Nigeria imposes curfews in capital after bombing
[Reuters]
Witness: Rwandan soldiers behind SAfrica shooting
[AP]

Europe
Greece austerity vote and demonstrations – live updates
[Guardian]
Greek protesters attack Finance Ministry building
[Reuters]
France’s Lagarde Named New Head of I.M.F.
[NYT]
Aubry enters race to challenge Sarkozy
[FT]
David Cameron hits out at Ed Miliband in NHS row
[Guardian]
Wills, Kate off to Canada, US in first tour
[AP]

Americas
Venezuela’s Chavez visits Castro in Cuba
[McClatchy]
5 dead, 7 missing after Haitian ferry capsizes
[AP]

Domestic
Obama News Conference Likely to Address Debt, Libya, Afghanistan
[Bloomberg]
Obama gives first press conference in 3 months
[POLITICO]
Romney, Huntsman to overlap in N.H.
[POLITICO]
Michele Bachmann: 2012 will be about Obama
[POLITICO]
Tom Petty tells Michele Bachmann to stop using his music
[Guardian]
Priorities USA Action super PAC to start airing ads
[POLITICO]
Poll: 72 percent back Afghan plan
[POLITICO]
Price of U.S. wars: $4.4 trillion?
[POLITICO]
Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire
[Mainichi]
BofA Nears Huge Settlement
[WSJ]
Monsanto posts $680 million profit in 3rd quarter
[AP]

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Daily International News 06.28.11

June 28, 2011

Daily International News
June 28, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan utility behind damaged nuke plant apologizes
[AP]
Tepco gets to keep nuclear reactors despite shareholder ire
[Reuters]
Koreas
‘Kim to Russia’ Gathering Media Steam
[Daily NK]
North Korea shuts down universities for 10 months
[Telegraph]

North Korea slashes food rations: aid worker
[AFP]
China/Taiwan
Beijing seeks nearly $2 million from Ai Weiwei
[AP]

Top Chinese leaders to meet with Sudan’s Bashir
[Xinhua]
China stops short of backing warrant for Gadhafi
[AP]
Chinese premier urges redoubled efforts to promote China-Germany business ties
[Xinhua]
China insists on bilateral talks to resolve South China Sea disputes
[Xinhua]
South China Sea disputes could lead to Asian war – report
[Reuters]
China rejects US Senate criticism over sea dispute
[AP]
Ma says Taiwan’s US F-16 bid ‘not going smoothly’
[AP]

First group of individual tourists leaves mainland for Taiwan
[Xinhua]
Taiwan ex-leader gets green light for jail writing
[AFP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
U.S., Philippine navies kick off 11-day joint exercise
[Xinhua]
Khmer Rouge defendant challenges genocide tribunal
[AP]
Suu Kyi via video: Dropping non-violent protest is ‘possible’
[BBC]

Film star Yeoh ‘deported from Myanmar’
[Al Jazeera]

South/Central Asia
Afghan, NATO forces nab militant dressed as woman
[AP]
Afghanistan’s central bank chief quits
[Al Jazeera]

Middle East
Yemen president’s TV speech ‘after Thursday’
[Al Jazeera]

Hamas says Gaza ready to receive flotilla
[Xinhua]
Gaza flotilla ship ‘sabotaged by divers’
[Al Jazeera]
Iran test fires 14 missiles
[Xinhua]

Turkish parliament to open amid boycott
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Egypt court orders local councils dissolved
[Al Jazeera]
Prosecutor presses inner circle on Gadhafi arrest
[AP]
Qaddafi Has Few Options as Indictment Limits Exile Destinations
[Bloomberg]
Fresh protests hit Senegal’s capital
[Al Jazeera]
Somali parliament approves new prime minister
[AP]

Europe
Protesters clash with riot police in Athens strike
[AP]
Berlusconi ally warns of government fall over austerity
[Reuters]
U.S. Endorses France’s Lagarde as New I.M.F. Chief
[NYT]
IMF could pick Lagarde as chief as soon as Tuesday
[AP]

Spain plans new reforms before legislature ends
[Reuters]
Russia to resume buying Dutch, Belgian vegetables
[AP]
Doctors vote against cutting UK abortion time limit from 24 to 20 weeks
[Guardian]

Domestic
W.H. mum on Dalai Lama meeting
[POLITICO]

Court Conservatives Prevail
[WSJ]
NY’s Gay Marriage Law May Give Economic Boon
[Bloomberg]
Michele Bachmann’s thin legislative résumé
[POLITICO]
Obama, Republicans Focus on Narrower Deal on U.S. Debt as Deadline Nears
[Bloomberg]
Los Alamos residents evacuate as wildfire approaches
[LA Times]
Gabrielle Giffords Appears With Mark Kelly for Spaceflight Medal Ceremony
[ABC]
Report: Anthony Weiner playing powerbroker
[POLITICO]

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Daily International News 06.27.11

June 27, 2011

Daily International News
June 27, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan PM adds Cabinet jobs on tsunami, nuke crisis
[AP]
Japan trips in key effort to cool nuclear reactors
[Reuters]
Radioactive cesium from Fukushima expected to reach U.S. West Coast in 5 years
[Mainichi]
Tepco treats radioactive water at Fukushima plant
[BBC]
Koreas
Russia prepares for possible visit by North Korea’s Kim
[Reuters]
N. Korea to hold ‘Arirang’ mass games from Aug. 1
[Kyodo]
Seoul to send delegation to seized North Korea resort
[Reuters]
China
Kurt Campbell: China’s Military Expansion Raises Concerns in Asia-Pacific
[VOA]
China and Vietnam Agree to Talks on South China Sea Dispute
[NYT]
China activist Hu Jia under house arrest, wife says
[BBC]
UK PM signs China deals but urges respect for human rights
[BBC]
Sudan president’s arrival in China delayed
[AP]
China tests Beijing-Shanghai bullet train
[BBC]
US cable: China official, Taiwanese spy had affair
[AP]
Chinese immigrants in Paris say they’re being systematically attacked
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Cambodia: First hearing ex-Khmer Rouge leaders’ trial
[BBC]
Japanese gov’t official arrives in Myanmar
[Kyodo]
Malaysian activists detained over banned rally
[BBC]
Philip Morris battles Australia on cigarette packaging
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Karzai accuses Pakistan of shelling
[Al Jazeera]
Pakistan expels British counter-terrorism trainers
[Reuters]
Pakistan’s Taliban vow attacks on West
[Reuters]
Gunmen kill senior Pakistani Taliban commander
[AP]

Middle East
Yemen’s Saleh to reappear as violence grips south
[Reuters]
Lebanon expects Hariri indictments soon
[Reuters]
Bahrain tries more medics accused in protests
[AP]
Iran parliament summons Ahmadinejad for questioning
[Reuters]
Israel drops threat to deport, ban journalists for covering flotilla
[AP]
Palestinians seek support for UN recognition
[AP]
Turkey police disperse pro-Kurdish protesters
[Al Jazeera]
Syria dissidents meet in Damascus to discuss transition
[BBC]

Africa
ICC issues Gaddafi arrest warrant
[Al Jazeera] 
Libya: Fierce fighting south-west of Tripoli
[BBC]
Somalia: Three Britons pardoned by president
[BBC]

Europe
Greek lawmakers poised to debate on austerity plan
[BBC]
Bill on Humane Slaughter Yields New Front for Muslim Tensions in Netherlands
[NYT]
E. coli death toll up to at least 47
[AP]
Knox trial: Convicted Ivorian to testify
[AP]

Americas
Hugo Chavez’s brother talks of armed struggle
[AP]

Domestic
Michele Bachmann stresses Iowa roots
[POLITICO]
New York City ‘I Do’ Campaign Woos Same-Sex Weddings After State Approval
[Bloomberg]
After N.Y. vote, Clinton talks to gays
[POLITICO]
Cops on trial over Katrina killings
[Al Jazeera]
LulzSec done after 50 days of hacks
[WaPo]
Obama Targets $72 Billion Business Tax Break
[Bloomberg]
Casey Anthony’s murder trial resumes in Fla.
[AP]

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Daily International News 06.24.11

June 24, 2011

Daily International News
June 24, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea rushes to build apartments for 2012 events
[AP]
Apple sues Samsung in South Korea in patent fight
[AP]
China
China says it strictly abides by Declaration on South China Sea
[Xinhua]
China sentences jailed journalist to 8 more years
[AP]
China Communist party ‘exceeds 80 million members’
[BBC]
Japan
Robot, drone fail on Japan nuke-plant missions
[AP]
Workers Remove Device From Damaged Japanese Reactor
[NYT]
Japan’s Chubu Electric gets 100bn yen emergency loan
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Burma: Blasts strike three towns and cities
[BBC]
US ‘stands by Philippines’ amid South China Sea tension
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Mullen sees risk in Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal
[AP]
Pakistan, India to explore new nuclear confidence
[Reuters]

Middle East
7 killed as Syrian forces fire on protesters
[AP]
Bahrain trials smack of persecution – U.N. rights chief
[Reuters]
U.N. says sending human rights team to Yemen
[Reuters]
Turkey aligns with West on regional turbulence
[AP]
Concrete result needed for any Iran visit: IAEA chief
[Reuters]

Africa
Rebels say Gaddafi could stay in Libya – report
[Reuters]
House weighs cutting off funds for Libya mission
[AP] and House Republicans set Libya vote for Friday [WaPo]
After decades of war, Sudan’s Abyei defies quick fixes
[Reuters]
Woman minister guilty of genocide in Rwanda
[Reuters]
‘Partner’ airstrike hits Somali militants’ convoy
[AP]
In Africa, Michelle Obama reflects on race
[Reuters]

Europe
EU leaders appoint Draghi as next ECB president
[AP]
Croatia to become European Union member in 2013
[AP] 
Former Prime Minister Goes on Trial in Ukraine
[NYT]
US, Russia urge step forward in Nagorno-Karabakh
[AP]

Domestic/Americas
Chavez’s odd silence raises questions in Venezuela
[AP]
Summers wins Falklands MLA seat: favours strong response to Argentina and north-south links
[MercoPress]
Obama: Gay equality, not marriage
[POLITICO]
White House warned to get distance from Google
[POLITICO]
Can liberals start their own tea party?
[WaPo]
Newt Gingrich rips President Obama’s foreign policy
[POLITICO]
AP-GfK Poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty gain in GOP field
[AP]

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Daily International News 06.23.11

June 24, 2011

Daily International News
June 23, 2011

International
G20 agricultural meeting adopts action plan on food security, price volatility [Xinhua]

Northeast Asia
Report: More Asian millionaires than European ones  [AP]
Airbus and AirAsia announce record deal for 200 planes [BBC]
China
Chinese warships cross high seas off Japan island [AP]
China says it strictly abides by Declaration on South China Sea [Xinhua]
Ai Weiwei’s first words after being released [Telegraph]
Ai Weiwei ‘cannot leave Beijing without permission’ [BBC]
Hong Kong scholar freed after China cuts sentence  [AP]
Koreas
S. Korea seen softening demand for N.K. apology before resumption of talks [Yonhap]
[Editorial] U.S.’s tougher N.Korea sanctions [Hankyoreh]
N.Korea ‘Spying on S.Korean Politicians’  [Chosun]
Seoul mulls int’l arbitration over Mt. Geumgang [Korea Times]
Japan
Quake expert urges Japan to overhaul nuke policy [AP]
US diplomat honored for change to Japan policy [AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Suu Kyi urges Congress to push Myanmar democracy [AP]

South/Central Asia
India and Pakistan diplomats to meet in Islamabad [BBC]
Obama’s Afghanistan plan criticized by Dems, GOP  [AP]
Wary Afghans Worry U.S. is Repeating History [WSJ]
Obama to visit Fort Drum after announcing Afghan troop withdrawal [CNN]
Afghanistan: France follows US in troop withdrawal [BBC]

Middle East
Ahmadinejad’s ally Malekzadeh ‘arrested’ in Iran [Al Jazeera]
Syrians flee as troops mass on Turkish border [Al Jazeera]
Yemeni president not returning home soon [Reuters]
Kuwaiti PM survives no-confidence vote, faces new grilling [Xinhua]
ICRC demands Hamas provide proof Shalit is alive [Reuters]

Africa
Libya conflict: Gaddafi accuses Nato of murder [BBC]
Libya war has cost UK at least £200m [Guardian]
Palin cancels trip to Sudan [WaPo]
Somali-American named new Somalia prime minister  [AP]
DR Congo mass rape: Ex-rebels accused in Fizi [BBC]
Zimbabwe army: PM Morgan Tsvangirai is security threat [BBC]

Europe
Geert Wilders cleared of hate charges by Dutch court [BBC]
Belarus police release detained protesters [Reuters]
China, Britain likely to sign several MOUs during Wen’s visit: British diplomat [Xinhua]

Americas
Mexico urges inquiry as US agent shoots man on border [BBC]
Venezuela’s Chavez seen “strong” but not home soon [Reuters]

Domestic
Obama administration taps Strategic Petroleum Reserve [POLITICO]
Robert Gates unlikely to certify ‘don’t ask’ repeal [POLITICO]
Poll: Romney 59% Favorable Among Republicans [Bloomberg]
Some of Tim Pawlenty’s top aides working for little or no pay, source says [WaPo]
At LGBT fundraiser, Obama may face questions on gay marriage [WaPo]
NY Gov. Cuomo makes major push for gay marriage  [AP]
Ron Paul, Barney Frank: Legalize marijuana [POLITICO]
Winklevoss Twins Drop Case Against Facebook  [WSJ]
Whitey Bulger Is Arrested in California [NYT]
Google’s Page, Schmidt May Be Subpoenaed by Senate Committee [Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 06.22.11

June 22, 2011

Daily International News
June 22, 2011

Northeast Asia
Japan
Relocation of U.S. base in Okinawa remains deadlocked after talks in Washington
[Mainichi]
Okinawa row: Governor Nakaima dismayed at US base delay
[BBC]
Kan set to resign by end of August
[Mainichi]
Koreas
Japan calls for bigger Chinese role in resuming 6-party talks
[Kyodo]
China
China warns US to keep out of S. China Sea dispute
[AP]
China says no cyber warfare between it, U.S. [Reuters]
China restricts popular report-a-bribe websites
[AP]
Gere criticizes China over abuse in Tibet in Seoul
[AP]
China says rebels “dialogue partner” as Misrata hit
[Reuters] 
Government: China’s inflation to rise in June
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Manila: US obliged to defend Filipinos in Spratlys
[AP]
Burma (Myanmar) border conflict threatens to complicate ties with China
[CSM]
Indian foreign secretary meets Suu Kyi
[IANS]
Saudi Arabia ‘apologises over Indonesia maid beheading’ [BBC]

South/Central Asia
Obama to Unveil Plan for Troop Drawdown
[WSJ]
India, Pakistan aim to nudge peace process
[Reuters]
Four Pakistani majors questioned over Islamist links
[Reuters]
Osama’s death bad, India biggest threat, say Pakistanis
[IANS]
Vigil for BBC reporter detained in Tajikistan
[BBC]

Middle East
Israeli leaders test nuclear bunker in defence drill
[Reuters]
Syria forced people to attend pro-Assad rallies, activist claims
[CNN]
Syrian Regime’s Backers Take a Turn at Protest
[WSJ]
Life sentences for Bahrain activists
[Al Jazeera]
Officials: 57 militants escape Yemen jail
[AP]
Four dead, dozens hurt in attacks on Iraqi police
[Reuters]
Iranian oil delegation attacked in Baghdad
[Reuters]

Africa
Sudan to block oil pipeline if south will not pay
[BBC]
Morning airstrikes by NATO target Tripoli area
[AP]
Italy breaks ranks over NATO’s Libya mission
[AFP]
Bipartisan Senate Resolution Gives Backing to U.S. Libya Military Mission
[Bloomberg]
Michelle Obama: Mandela looked strong, good, happy
[Reuters]
Michelle Obama in SAfrica: ‘What will you make of your inheritance?’
[Mail & Guardian]

Europe
Greek government survives vote of confidence
[Deutsche Welle]
Belfast endures worst sectarian violence in a decade
[Deutsche Welle] and Belfast riot shooting blamed on dissident republicans [Guardian]
Russia eliminates challenge from liberal opposition party
[Deutsche Welle]  
Europe says Russia will lift ban on vegetable imports
[BBC]

Americas
Cristina Fernandez announces re-election bid: “I always knew what I had to do”
[MercoPress]
Leading Mexico drug gang suspect arrested
[LA Times]
Haiti parliament rejects President Martelly’s PM choice
[BBC]

Domestic
Huntsman visiting SC day after launching 2012 bid
[AP]
Tim Pawlenty warns GOP on perils of isolationism
[POLITICO]
Michele Bachmann’s Iowa announcement coming Monday
[POLITICO]
Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines
[AP] 
Unarmed ND Minuteman missile launched in Calif.
[AP]
Poll: 44% of Americans Worse Off Under Obama
[Bloomberg]
Gore: Obama lacks `bold action’ on global warming
[AP]
Members of Biden Group Oppose Short-Term Extension of U.S. Debt Ceiling [Bloomberg]