We have liftoff!

A beautiful rocket launch this morning. NASA launching the Orion space capsule on a test mission just a few minutes ago. The rocket could eventually be used for a mission to Mars! The space capsule is expected to splash down around 11:35 AM in the Pacific Ocean about six hundred miles from Baja, California.

Phil Keating reporting and we'll talk about what it means to the U.S. space program with guest Ken Christensen.

We get unemployment numbers for November today. It was the 10th straight month of more than 200,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate remains at 5.8%, but the numbers of workers returning to the job hunt is promising. Wages are also rising. We also get factory order numbers. The Dow and S&P are having a good week so far. Not so much for the Nasdaq. China is officially the world's largest economy.. overtaking the United States.

President Obama set today to name Ashton Carter as his new Secretary of Defense nominee. It happens in the 10am hour at the White House. The President also meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan today during the 11am hour. They are expected to talk about the humanitarian crisis from tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

1110 EST -- The president has a bilateral Meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan. LIKELY TAPED SPRAY

Mike Emanuel reports today on the power still held by Nancy Pelosi in the House.

There were more than 200 arrests last night in New York City after a second night of protests after a grand jury didn't indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. There were protests across the country. In New York, protesters stopped traffic and briefly shut down the Brooklyn Bridge. David Lee Miller reporting. More protests are expected today.

John Roberts reporting on the Louisiana Senate runoff tomorrow. Dem Senator Mary Landrieu is expected to lose. She is the last Democratic Senator in the deep South.