These are our coverage plans today. (As the stories are posted, we put in clickable links.):
In US news ...
â€¢ From Gordon Lubold at the Pentagon: Defense Secretary Gates, off to Singapore for a regional security summit, says US sees no "crisis" in Pyongyang's "very provocative" display of force this week.
â€¢ Also coming from Gordon: With a rising number of cyber attacks against US government and private networks (an 800 percent increase in 2007 over 2005, according to one estimate), President Obama is appointing a new "cyberczar," and the Pentagon is creating its own "cybercom" at Fort Meade, Md.
â€¢ Economics writer Mark Trumbull reports that the Chrysler bankruptcy â€“ and in all likelihood the one soon to be facing General Motors â€“ is upending decades of legal precedent concerning how to manage a belly-up firm, dispense assets, and resolve debtors' claims. Has the Obama administration, by virtue of its close involvement, politicized the process?
In world news ...
â€¢ Isabelle de Pommereau in Frankfurt reports on German day-care workers on strike this week as the country's model labor union system shows signs of unraveling. Why is Germany starting to behave more like France?
â€¢ A day after Obama's meeting with Abbas, Palestinian civil society activists and other experts convene in Ramallah to plot the way forward for the beleaguered Palestinian cause. Josh Mitnick is covering the story.
â€¢ Sara Miller Llana reports on a longrunning $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador concerning environmental damages. An audio slideshow by Melanie Stetson Freeman will accompany this story.