U.N. chief says a climate change deal in Copenhagen next month is crucial to fighting hunger globally. Morale sunk after Barack Obama and other leaders backed delaying a legally binding climate pact until 2010 or later. “There can be no food security without climate security,” said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a world hunger summit. (Reuters)

While a number of groups oppose abortion rights, the Catholic church is one of the few to also support Democratic efforts to overhaul health care. That has given the church a seat at the negotiating table, where they are working hard to curb any legislation delegating federal money for the deed. (LAT)

General Motors posted a $1.15 billion loss since emerging from bankruptcy in July, but said it would step up repayments to the U.S. and Canadian governments of bailout aid. (France 24)

→ That is, paying back the bailout using bailout money. Under its government agreement GM can use taxpayer money to repay the loan.

Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott — whose body was pulled out a local river on Monday — was ruled to have shot and killed himself. Scott had recently been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating allegations of politically influenced admissions to top schools. (AP)

When Lou Dobbs said he’d been summoned “to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day,” maybe he meant he’s running for Senate? (NYT Caucus)

→ Dobbs did say he was leaving his 30-year tenure for “a number of options and directions” . . .

Pakistan Taliban spokesman Tehreek e-Taliban says security contractor Blackwater — recently in the news for bribing Iraqi officials to keep quiet about civilian casualties — is responsible for the market blast late last month that killed over a hundred people.


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