By Mark Memmott

As we reported a short time ago, a sheriff's spokesman in Pierce County, Washington, says police have shot and killed the man suspected of killing four officers on Sunday.

The story that's getting top play across most media outlets, understandably, is tonight's address to the nation by President Barack Obama -- when he will lay out the reasons why he's decided to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. military personnel to Afghanistan and what he sees as the mission they're being asked to complete.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Tom Bowman talked with co-host Renee Montagne about the president's strategy:

Also on Morning Edition, NPR's Don Gonyea looked back at another speech delivered by a president at West Point -- then-president George W. Bush's 2002 address in which he was upbeat about the war in Afghanistan:

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, on CNN's American Morning, said that the president will also discuss how long he things U.S. forces will need to stay in Afghanistan.

The New York Times writes that Obama "issued orders to send about 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan as he prepared to address the nation Tuesday night to explain what may be one of the most defining decisions of his presidency."

The independent Stars and Stripes reports from Afghanistan that "with President Barack Obama poised to announce on Tuesday a surge of additional U.S. troops into Afghanistan, U.S. and Canadian forces stationed in the south of the country are anticipating reinforcements to help them secure the crucial city of Kandahar and turn the tide against rebels in this longtime Taliban stronghold."

ABC News' Political Punch blog says its been told by a "senior administration official" that the president will try to deliver this tough message: "The era of the blank check for (Afghan) President (Hamid) Karzai is over."

And over at Politico, there's more criticism for the president from former vice president Dick Cheney: "On the eve of the unveiling of the nation's new Afghanistan policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama for projecting 'weakness' to adversaries and warned that more workaday Afghans will side with the Taliban if they think the United States is heading for the exits."

NPR will have extended coverage of the president's address, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET. Click here to find an NPR station near you. will have the audio, and The Two-Way will be live-blogging.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- The New York Times -- "In Wake Of Dubai, Trying To Predict The Next Blowup": "As Dubai, that one-time wonderland in the desert, struggles to pay its bills, a troubling question hangs over the financial world: Is this latest financial crisis an isolated event, or a harbinger of still more debt shocks? For the moment, at least, global investors seem to be taking Dubai's sinking fortunes in their stride. On Monday, the American stock market rose modestly, even as share prices plunged throughout the Persian Gulf."

Related story on Morning Edition -- NPR's Jim Zarroli spelled out the risks to the world economy from the Dubai World troubles:

-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- Atlanta Votes On New Mayor: "Early Atlanta voters faced cold but dry weather Tuesday as they headed to the polls to cast ballots in the mayoral runoff." Candidate Mary Norwood, a two-term city councilwoman, faces off against Kasim Reed, a former state senator. "Several polls suggest the race is tight and both candidates have attacked each other's record with increased intensity. The volatile issue of race is also a factor in the runoff. Most voters cast their ballots along racial lines in the Nov. 3 general election, and Norwood has said 'some' are trying to divide the city along racial lines in this election. Norwood is white and Reed is black." Reed is a Democrat. Norwood is an independent -- though, as Georgia Public Broadcasting has reported, local Democrats accuse her of leaning toward the Republican side of he aisle.

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7:40 - December 1, 2009