November 21st, 2010
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State of the Union Early Bird November 21, 2010

(CNN)–It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your coffee.

On our radar this morning: The NATO Summit, the START treaty, North Korea's nuclear capabilities, and the latest in airline security.

Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show at 9am/12pm ET.

NATO/FOREIGN POLICY

NATO adopts transition plan for Afghan war

On Karzai's complaints, he said that "we have to be sensitive to his concerns and the concerns of the Afghan people. We can't simply tell them what's good for them . . . We have to listen and learn." "On the other hand," he said, "If we're putting in big resources, if we're ponying up billions of dollars, if we're expecting that our troops are going to be there and to help secure the countryside and ensure that President Karzai can continue to build and develop his country, he's got to listen to us, as well."

What We Must Do for Iraq Now (Vice President Biden)

While the day will come when Iraq’s vast natural wealth can fully finance its security and investment needs, and when its civilian institutions no longer require such intensive support, it has not yet arrived. Iraq has increased its own spending in these areas, and with sustained American engagement, it will emerge from generations of trauma to become a stable and self-reliant nation.

Afghans want their country back – and Americans should listen

The numbers show that Afghans remain wary, even as U.S. troops pound the Taliban: 50 percent of those polled in October think recent military operations are bad for the Afghan people; 58 percent think it's wrong to work with foreign forces; 55 percent oppose military operations against the Taliban in their area; 72 percent say that foreigners disrespect their religion.

Pakistan rejects U.S. drone expansion

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said the government would not allow the U.S. to carry out drone strikes outside the tribal belt along the Afghan border and repeated Islamabad's request that Washington abandon its use of drones in Pakistan on the grounds that the program violates the nation's sovereignty.

START

Ex-Eastern Bloc nations tell U.S. Senate to ratify New START

In an unannounced group appearance at the end of an administration background briefing on Afghanistan, six European foreign ministers took the stage with a message for Congress.

Gates warns of 'significant consequences' if Senate fails to ratify New START treaty

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Saturday rejected claims by Senate Republicans that the New START arms reduction treaty with Russia would hamper U.S. missile defense programs and nuclear weapons modernization, warning of "significant consequences" if the Senate doesn't ratify the accord.

Indefensible (Sen. Feinstein)

It would be foolish and wrong to let partisan politics bring this era of cooperation to an end. Worse, it would make us blind to the true size and capabilities of the Russian arsenal. There is no question this would weaken our national security. That would be indefensible.

NORTH KOREA

North Koreans Unveil Vast New Plant for Nuclear Use

In interviews, administration officials said that they were watching the area by satellite where Dr. Hecker saw the new facility, but they would not say whether they knew about it before he reported back. “The intel agencies dropped the ball,” said Jack Pritchard, a former State Department official who visited North Korea’s main nuclear complex, Yongbyon, a week before Dr. Hecker’s visit and heard North Korean boasts of a new capability.

U.S. alerts Asian capitals to possible North Korean uranium enrichment program

AIRPORT SECURITY

$11,000 fine, arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport. That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.

Airlines watch as some passengers protest security

"People who fly over Thanksgiving are leisure travelers who bought tickets weeks, months ago," said David Castelveter, a spokesman for the Air Transport Association, a major airline industry group. "They're non-refundable tickets. They want to go home and see their family and friends and they're very likely to travel."

Qaeda Branch Aimed for Broad Damage at Low Cost

It mocked the notion that the plot was a failure, saying it was the work of “less than six brothers” over three months. “This supposedly ‘foiled plot,’ ” the group wrote, “will without a doubt cost America and other Western countries billions of dollars in new security measures. That is what we call leverage.”

POLITICAL NEWS

A Forecast That Obama Could Love

Based on the facts at hand right now, Mr. Obama is likely to win the 2012 election in a landslide. That, at least, is the prediction of Ray C. Fair, a Yale economist and an expert on econometrics and on the relationship of economics and politics.
What’s the basis of this forecast? In a nutshell: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Democrats divided on Obama's political tactic

"It's clear our base feels very strongly about the president taking a firm stand," Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said in an interview. "Meanwhile, the American people are saying, 'Come up with a solution.' He's torn between competing interests in the body politic."

Extensive insider trading investigation drawing to close, official says

Consumer Risks Feared as Health Law Spurs Mergers

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  1. more lies from HUSSENI obama

    Once again Husseni obama is clueless on what is happening with his over zelous govt. control and the TSA. Husseni's spread the wealth and racist policies has pissed the American people off and soon, 2012 husseni obama and his spendy wife will feel our anger when we kick him to the road side and put a real leader in the white house. Husseni obama wont profile like Israel because he is muslim and he doesnt want to piss off his muslim brothers, well to bad Husseni, this is America and we were raised on Christian values not the muslim jihad or the crap wrapper quron. We THe People will stand by our Christian Values and defend them from people like you, It Is Time For THe United States to start PROFILING and leave true Americans alone and get rid of those who are in power now, like Reid, Pelosi and HUSSENI obama. God Bless those who fight for Freedom.

    November 21, 2010 07:37 am at 7:37 am |