(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: Tensions on the Korean Peninsula, an impending Wikileaks document release, and the changes coming to Capitol Hill.
Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show at 9am/12pm ET.
Amid tension, U.S. and South Korea begin military drills
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - South Korea and the United States started joint military exercises Sunday, U.S. Forces Korea spokesman David Oten told CNN, prompting a furious response from North Korea.
U.S. warns WikiLeaks not to release 'dangerous' report
(Haaretz) - The United States and Israel were bracing themselves Sunday for the expected release of classified diplomatic cables by the online whistleblower WikiLeaks website, which the Obama administration warned would endanger lives and interests.
At least 8 dead after cargo plane crashes in Pakistan
(CNN) - A plane crashed early Sunday in the southern port city of Karachi, killing at least eight people on board and sending flames shooting through the night sky, a Pakistani official said.
History shows that bipartisan deficit commissions can work
(Miami Herald) WASHINGTON - A special bipartisan commission is set to give its recommendations on how to cut the skyrocketing federal deficit to President Barack Obama and Congress by Dec. 1.
VA advisor draws GOP fire over consulting fees
(LA Times) Reporting from Washington - A prominent Chicago spine surgeon serving as an advisor in the Department of Veterans Affairs is under scrutiny from congressional Republicans over his relationship with a medical device maker that paid him millions in consulting fees before he joined the government.
The GOP's New Top Cop
(The Daily Beast) - Darrell Issa is trying very hard to sound reasonable.
“The bureaucracy is innately susceptible to waste, fraud and abuse,” the congressman tells me in an earnest tone. “It has nothing to do with which party occupies the Oval Office.”
Senator Lugar Charts His Course Against the Winds
(New York Times) WASHINGTON — Mavericks are not in vogue these days on Capitol Hill, a place where hyper-partisanship and obduracy seem to be their own rewards.
Despite Alaska Senate race results, Joe Miller presses on in principle
Much of America may have moved on, but Joe Miller has not. More than a week after the last vote was counted in Alaska's closely watched U.S. Senate race, the Republican nominee continues to press his case in court in hopes of grabbing back a victory that once seemed inevitable.
Obama stays on sidelines this time
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama returned to the basketball court Saturday, but this time he stayed on the sidelines.
Obama went to Howard University to watch its men's basketball team, the Bison, play Oregon State University. First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and the president’s mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, accompanied the president.
John McCain's turkeys get eaten, not pardoned
(AZCentral.com) - No reprieve for turkeys in the McCain house . . . While President Barack Obama was busy pardoning two turkeys last week, Sen. John McCain was serving three for dinner.
Latino vote in 2012 may hinge on whether Dems can pass immigration reform
(Denver Post) - Two years ago, Latinos were promised work on immigration reform, passage of the DREAM Act and economic recovery if they ushered Barack Obama into the presidency.
Then, this fall, after none of that happened, they were asked to stay with the Democrats.