On the Radar: November 30, 2010

Officials may be overstating the danger from WikiLeaks
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
American officials in recent days have warned repeatedly that the release of documents by WikiLeaks could put people's lives in danger. Read more

North Korea Keeps World Guessing
By David Sanger, The New York Times
With North Korea reeling from economic and succession crises, American and South Korean officials early this year secretly began gaming out what would happen if the North, led by one of the world’s most brutal family dynasties, collapsed. Read more

Pay Freezes & Slurpee Summits
With John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times
President Obama is set to meet with Congressional leaders today. View

Mr. Obama and the G.O.P. Meet
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
The shotgun marriage between President Obama and Congressional Republicans officially begins Tuesday morning, when emboldened Republicans and wounded Democrats take their seats in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for their first face-to-face meeting since the midterm elections changed the balance of power in Washington. Read more

Obama, GOP leaders to work on map for days ahead
By Anne E. Kornblut and Shailagh Murray, The Washington Post
When President Obama sits down with the new Republican congressional leaders for their first face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, the stated mission will be to make progress on ratifying an arms agreement with Russia and reaching a deal on soon-to-expire tax cuts. Read more

Proposing pay freeze, Obama aims to seize initiative on economy
By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons, The Los Angeles Times
President Obama's proposal on Monday to freeze federal workers' pay was an unexpected announcement that represented the first in a series of White House moves to seize the initiative from Republicans on the economy. Read more

Amid Deficit Fears, Obama Freezes Pay
By Peter Baker and Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
President Obama on Monday announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers as he sought to address concerns over high annual deficits and appealed to Republicans to find a common approach to restoring the nation’s economic and fiscal health. Read more

Supreme Court to hear Ariz. campaign finance case
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up a nationally watched dispute over an Arizona campaign finance law that gives extra public funds to candidates who face well-off, privately financed opponents. Read more

U.S. and South Korea Balk at Talks With North
By Helene Cooper and Sharon LaFraniere, The New York Times 
The United States, South Korea and Japan are all balking at China’s request for emergency talks with North Korea over the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, as high-profile military exercises between South Korea and the United States in the Yellow Sea continued on Monday in a show of force. Read more

Attention Deficit
By John Dickerson, SLATE
In 1990, before the age of e-mail, William Schneider called George H.W. Bush "the in-box president." He was a caretaker rather than an ideologue, ready to handle whatever crisis hit his desk. This was seen as a limitation. Voters, the theory went, didn't just want a good steward. They wanted a president with a vision. Read more

Poll Positions
With Eamon Javers, CNBC
Most Americans feel taxes will need to be increased. View

Tax cuts in black and white
By Carrie Budoff Brown and John Maggs, POLITICO
In the complex debate over the Bush-era tax cuts, both parties are guilty of shading the truth. Republicans charge that Democrats oppose any tax cuts for the wealthy and would decimate the small-business sector — neither of which is entirely true. Read more
 

Posted: Tue, 11/30/2010 - 12:34pm