Will there be disruptions at President Barack Obama's town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., this afternoon?
That's one of the stories to watch today.
Obama is due to hold a town hall on his health care overhaul plans, and as you're probably already aware there have been verbal fireworks at many of the such meetings that the president's fellow Democrats have been holding around the country in recent days. The White House is bracing for what could be a "vigorous" exchange with voters at the 1 p.m. ET event.
But as the New Hampshire Union Leader reports, to get one of the 1,800 tickets to the town hall you had to fill out a form on the White House website. Then, the White House contacted those who had applied before issuing the tickets. According to the newspaper, "police said only ticketed guests will be allowed onto Andrew Jarvis Drive, the road leading into the school."
Related story by The New York Times: "White House Adapts To New Playbook In Health Care Debate."
We're planning to live-blog the town hall, so check back later to see what happens.
Update at 8:28 a.m. ET. From Portsmouth, NPR's Don Gonyea filed this preview of the town hall meeting:
Obama Takes His Town Hall Turn
Don will be reporting from the scene, where opponents of the president's health care plans are reportedly already gathering.
As for other stories making headlines as the day gets going, they include:
-- Morning Edition -- Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Says Voters Will Be Able To Get To Polls. NPR's Renee Montagne spoke with Gen. Stanley McChrystal about Afghanistan's Aug. 20 presidential election and the current state of the war there. "We will win," McChrystal said. Of one troubled region, he said that "the vast percentage of voters in Helmand are going to have the option to vote":
-- BBC News -- Myanmar's Suu Kyi Returned To House Arrest: "Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months' house arrest by a court in Rangoon. Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, was convicted of violating state security laws by allowing a US national into her lakeside home after he swam there."
From a related Associated Press story: Suu Kyi looked alert but tired during the 90-minute court session. She stood as the verdict was announced and then thanked foreign diplomats for attending her trial. 'I look forward to working with you in the future for the peace and prosperity of my country and the region,' Suu Kyi said in a soft voice to diplomats seated nearby. She then was led out of the courtroom."
-- The Associated Press -- 300 Typhoon Victims Rescued In Taiwan: "Taiwan's military rescued about 300 people Tuesday after a mudslide touched off by Typhoon Morakot consumed a village, but scores remained missing. A helicopter on a relief operation in the area crashed into a mountain with three crew aboard."
-- Politico -- "Congressional Jets May Be Scrapped": "After an uproar over a proposed purchase of new executive jets for use by senior government officials, including members of Congress, the top Defense appropriator in the House has offered to eliminate funding for the planes -- but only if the Pentagon, which operates the jets, agrees. 'If the Department of Defense does not want these aircraft, they will be eliminated from the bill,' Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommitee said Monday evening."