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Yesterday's North Korean attack on South Korea was one of the most provocative since the Korean War.  Does it leave the US with any good options? Also, despite signs of an economic rebound, the Fed says unemployment will remain high, and it's the busiest travel day of the year — whether protesters refuse to submit to scanners and pat-downs or not.    

Banner image: Plumes of smoke rise from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto the South Korean island on November 23, 2010, killing two people, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South's military went on top alert. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The Inheritance

David E. Sanger

Making News Economy Rebounds, but Fed Says Unemployment Will Remain High 7 MIN, 51 SEC

The gross domestic product has picked up a bit, and corporate profits are at record highs, but the Federal Reserve says 10 million Americans will still be out of work in 2012. Neil Irwin reports for the Washington Post.

Neil Irwin, New York Times (@Neil_Irwin)

Main Topic The Latest Crisis with North Korea 36 MIN, 5 SEC

North Korea has seized the world's attention with a new reactor, a new plant for enriching uranium and an artillery attack killing two South Korean civilians. As a first response, the US will hold joint military exercises with South Korea, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group. North Korea's provocations could constitute a demand for renewed diplomacy or a show of power by an untested new leader. Old hands see familiar patterns, but they still disagree. What about China? What are the implications for American policy — past, present and future?

David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for the New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund (@Cirincione)
L. Gordon Flake, Executive Director, Mansfield Foundation
Bruce Bennett, RAND Corporation (@bwbennett)

Bomb Scare

Joseph Cirincione

Reporter's Notebook Holiday Air Travel: Exposed Junk and Hidden Fees 7 MIN, 40 SEC

Transportation Security Administration officials were gritting their teeth over the prospect of "National Opt-Out Day" on the busiest travel day of the year. Passengers are reporting large numbers of TSA workers at airports around the country, helping lines to keep moving. Will complaining about scanners and pat-downs do any good? Scott McCartney is travel editor at the Wall Street Journal where he writes a weekly column called "The Middle Seat."

Scott McCartney, Airline Reporter, Wall Street Journal

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