These are our coverage plans for today:
In world news ...
â€˘ Tsvangirai's world tour. Scott Baldauf assesses the current mission of Zimbabwe's other leader â€“ not Mugabe â€“ Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. If it's fundraising, then it has clearly been a failure. But if it is meant to show that Zimbabwe is ready to engage with the world, then it has been a remarkable success.
â€˘ Naming names in Iran. Scott Peterson looks at a website set up by a pro-Mousavi group to identify the basiji â€“ volunteer militias â€“ who have been attacking demonstrators and vandalizing the city.
â€˘ Second Taliban front. Ben Arnoldy reports that while struggling to clear the Taliban from Swat, the Pakistani army has begin opening a second front in an even tougher area: South Waziristan. Why does it want to launch this second offensive now, and how likely is it to succeed?
In US news ...
â€˘ Iraqis homeless in US. Patrik Jonsson on a new report on the "dire" plight of Iraqi refugees in the US. Where does Washingtonâ€™s duty to refugees end, as Americans â€“ and returning soldiers â€“ also struggle to find a footing in the economy?
â€˘ More F-22s. Gordon Lubold on Air Force Gen. John Corley crossing swords with Defense Secretary Gates, in defending the need for more F-22s. Such public independent-mindedness has gotten other top brass fired.
â€˘ Moon mapping. Pete Spotts on the first rocket launch, set for liftoff, tied to returning US astronauts to the moon. The missionâ€™s orbiter will be scanning the surface in unprecedented detail to help pick potential landing sites for human explorers.
â€˘ Age bias. Warren Richey is also covering the court's decision raising the bar on proving discrimination on the basis of age.
â€˘ Airbus rudders. Alexandra Marks reports that a corporate travel management organization wrote a memo recommending that United Airlines reconsider buying Airbus jets because of their history of rudder problems.
â€˘ Rising teen pregnancy. Linda Feldmann on the declining use of contraception among teens and the rising pregnancy rate. The trend marks a reversal of years of progress.
â€˘ Hill reacts on reform. Gail Chaddock on how lawmakers, who have the ultimate say over regulatory reform of the financial industry, are between a rock and a hard place. Whatâ€™s their early inclination?
â€˘ California budget. Dan Wood on where the interminable California budget wrangling stands now.
â€˘ Science in the Garden. Judy Lowe on a flower that blooms all summer, slow-growing grass, and an â€śanti-freezeâ€ť spray that helps plants endure colder temperatures.