ABC has released excerpts of Barbara Walters' interview with the president and first lady, which will air on Friday night. Per the excerpts, President Obama says he doesn't think about Sarah Palin -- and instead spends his time trying to be the best possible president he can be. On the conflict in Korea, Obama said that South Korea is the U.S.'s ally, and he strongly affirmed the U.S.'s commitment to defend the nation.
Vice President Biden has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for the ratification of new START. "Our uniformed military supports it. Our European allies support it. Our national security interests are at stake. It is time for the Senate to approve New Start."
Per a USA Today/Gallup poll, "The large majority (71%) of air travelers who have flown at least twice in the past year say any potential loss of personal privacy from the full-body scans and pat-downs is worth it as a means of preventing acts of terrorism."
"Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe's water rights claim against the government," the AP writes. "Kyl's office insists the measure is not an earmark, and the House didn't deem it one when it considered a version earlier this year. But it meets the know-it-when-you-see-it test, critics say."
And Talking Points Memo reports that the chief of staff to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ), "was arrested in Gaithersburg, Md. last Friday on charges of soliciting sex from a minor." Rothman fired his chief aide.