Today's coverage: Europe votes, a little and to the right; stimulus flow slow
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• In another decision today, the Supreme Court opted not to intervene in the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military. Gordon Lubold reports that this leaves the Pentagon and the Obama administration right where they want to be – not engulfed in a hot-button issue while they're in the middle of fighting two wars.
• Howard LaFranchi reports that Obama has clearly signaled a desire for a tougher stance toward North Korea that departs from the Clinton-Bush incentives approach. The case of the imprisoned American journalists, of course, complicates the get-tough posture.
• Ron Scherer looks at Obama's promise of 600,000 new jobs and the flow of stimulus money flowing out into the economy. It's been slow – but hopefully not as slow as it's been for the Katrina money, which is not all spent even now .
• The old rules for assessing Supreme Court nominees are gone, with ideology now a more acceptable reason for rejecting a nominee. Gail Chaddock reports that Republicans say Obama himself, during his time on the judiciary committee, set the stage for this shift.
• On his Recession Road Trip across the country, Bill Glauber sees tractors here, tractors there, everywhere are old tractors.
And in still other news, we are covering the Annual Meeting of our publisher, the Christian Science church. It will be posted this evening.