"President Obama strongly criticized Senate Republicans on Tuesday for blocking proposed legislation to tighten regulation of the financial system, vowing that he would 'not let this effort fall victim to industry lobbyists who want to kill it,'" the New York Times reports. "Mr. Obama, returning to the scene of one of his greatest political triumphs, the 2008 presidential caucuses, struck a populist theme at a town-hall-style meeting."
"'It's one thing to oppose reform, but to oppose even talking about reform in front of the American people?" Mr. Obama said to cheers from the audience. 'That's not right.'"
"An increase in terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan triggered a spike in the number of civilians killed or wounded there last year, pushing South Asia past the Middle East as the top terror region in the world, according to figures compiled by a U.S. intelligence agency," the AP says.
More AP: "The Obama administration said yesterday it will provide some but not all the materials a Senate committee wants on last year's Fort Hood shooting rampage, setting up a potential legal showdown with Congress."