Thursday's coverage: Naming names in Iran, moon mapping, financial regs
These are our coverage plans for today:
In world news ...
• Tsvangirai's world tour. Scott Baldauf assesses the current mission of Zimbabwe's other leader – not Mugabe – 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.
• 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 ...
• Iraqis homeless in US. Patrik Jonsson on a new report on the "dire" plight of Iraqi refugees in the US. Where does Washington’s duty to refugees end, as Americans – and returning soldiers – also struggle to find a footing in the economy?
• 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.
• Moon mapping. Pete Spotts on the first rocket launch, set for liftoff, tied to returning US astronauts to the moon. The mission’s orbiter will be scanning the surface in unprecedented detail to help pick potential landing sites for human explorers.
• Age bias. Warren Richey is also covering the court's decision raising the bar on proving discrimination on the basis of age.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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. What’s their early inclination?
• California budget. Dan Wood on where the interminable California budget wrangling stands now.
• Science in the Garden. Judy Lowe on a flower that blooms all summer, slow-growing grass, and an “anti-freeze” spray that helps plants endure colder temperatures.