Good Morning!

North Korea rocket launch is on.. at least so far. The first window on their missile/rocket launch has come and gone.. that likely means the launch will happen this evening or in the next few days. They claim it's to get a satellite into space.. most everyone else believes they are trying to create a long range missile. Meantime, it's expected they could soon set off a third nuclear test. Meantime, their people are starving (literally).

Lots of political news today. A democratic strategists comments about Ann Romney causing a firestorm. Speculation over who might be Romney's running mate is running rampant, and Newt Gingrich is slamming the media. Vice President Biden on the offensive today delivering remarks today in Exeter, NH on "tax fairness."

...CANDIDATES

NEWT GINGRICH

0830EDT -- Visits the Hollywood Diner, Dover, DE. ABC TAPE

RON PAUL

2000EDT -- Holds town hall at Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX.

MITT ROMNEY

NO EVENTS

Weekly unemployment claims out today.

Lots of earthquakes all over the place.. yikes. Off the coast of Oregon, in Mexico, all over Indonesia.. keep a close eye on the Geological Service web site.

Couple of events to watch:

...1230EDT -- Press Briefing by Press Secy Jay Carney. LIVE

1200EDT -- VPOTUS delivers remarks at a campaign town hall in Exeter, NH on "tax fairness." CSPAN TAPE

1115 EDT -- Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

1245 EDT -- Secretary Clinton holds a press availability at the conclusion of the G8 Ministerial (OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

Jury Selection set to begin today in the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards. Prosecutors say Edwards knew about secret payments his campaign made to his then pregnant mistress back in 2008.

Syrian forces are allegedly holding off on attacking opposition strongholds as agreed to under Kofi Annan's U.N. truce. We'll see how long it holds.