By Mark Memmott

Good morning.

President Barack Obama travels to Green Bay, Wis., today for a town hall meeting about health care. As The Washington Post, writes, the president has found a "health-care model" there. It is, the Post says, "a city that by numerous measures has managed to control medical spending while steadily improving health outcomes."

The town hall is set to get started at 1:10 p.m. ET. NPR's Mara Liasson reported this morning that the meeting is part of a "big push" the president is making to get his health care plan enacted:

In Green Bay, the Press Gazette reports that about 1,500 tickets for the town hall have been "issued to area residents who asked to attend."

Also today, look for the World Health Organization to declare that H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak has reached the pandemic level. As Richard Knox reports at at NPR's Health Blog, the declaration may not mean all that much.

And, the Senate appears ready today to pass legislation that would give the federal government broad powers to regulate tobacco products. There's much more about that issue here.

As for stories making headlines, they include:

-- Morning Edition -- In Tehran, Streets Have Been 'Out Of Control' In Run-Up To Friday's Election: Reporting from Tehran, NPR's Mike Shuster described the unprecedented political rallies and demonstrations that have been taking over the city.

-- The Washington Times -- Museum Shooting Suspect "Spewed Hatred": "James W. von Brunn purported to serve aboard a Navy PT boat in a war that liberated Jews from the Nazi concentration camps. A half-century later, the victims of that war had unmistakably become the object of his unrelenting hatred. The 88-year-old former Navy officer and Maryland resident was shot by security guards Wednesday afternoon when a gunman stormed the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and opened fire, killing a security guard. He remained hospitalized late Wednesday."

Related story today on Morning Edition -- NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports that von Brunn appeared to be "on his own personal crusade against the government":

-- The Guardian -- Another Difficult Day For London Commuters As Transit Strike Continues.

Related report from Morning Editon: NPR's Rob Gifford says there's "quiet English desperation" in the British capital.

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A transit staffer directs commuters outside an Underground station today. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

 

-- The Wall Street Journal -- "U.S. Devotes Unit To Afghanistan War": "The Pentagon is setting up a unit of about 400 officers and senior enlisted personnel devoted to Afghanistan, continuing a broad revamp of how it handles the war there. The Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell is the creation of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Obama administration's nominee to run the Afghan war. Gen. McChrystal says he wants military personnel to accumulate expertise about the war by doing repeated deployments to Afghanistan and continuing to work on the conflict when back in the U.S."

Related report from All Things Considered: "Special Forces Travel A Difficult Road In Afghanistan."

-- Albany Times Union -- In New York's Capitol, "Senate Circus Awaits Last Act": "Three days into the leadership standoff in the state Senate, the Republican-led coup suffered a setback as one Democratic ally delayed what was to be the insurgent conference's first session. ... Senate Democrats, led by Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith, refused to unlock the Senate chamber doors or convene a session for a vote."

Related story from Morning Edition: "Legislative chaos has paralyzed New York."

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7:45 - June 11, 2009