Our coverage plans for today:
In national news ...
• Warren Richey in Washington has obtained the court audio recording of the panel of federal judges – including Sonia Sotomayor – hearing a controversial reverse-discrimination case filed by white firefighters. The panel issued a summary decision denying the appeal. The exchanges in court give some glimpse of Judge Sotomayor's concerns in the case, which have drawn much speculation.
• Gail Chaddock is following the progress of Obama's healthcare plan on Capitol Hill. What will it achieve and how much will it cost or save?
•In the second daily blog from his Recession Road Trip, Bill Glauber finds tough people for tough times in an upstate New York town.
• The job loss numbers today mark some improvement. Laurent Belsie reports.
• Howard LaFranchi assesses how far Obama can get with the Muslim world with the tone and demeanor of his speech Thursday without some of the substantive policy changes it is looking for.