The stories that will be making news later today:
Vice President Joe Biden is in Brussels this morning. He's there to consult with U.S. allies on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Biden will hold a joint press conference with NATO's Secretary General around 7:20 am eastern and he'll meet with senior leaders of the European Union around 8:30 am eastern.
Thousands of Tibetans and their supporters will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to the United Nations General Assembly building in New York City. Today marks 50 years since Tibetans rose up to protest China's invasion of their homeland, which forced the Dalai Lama into exile.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes the 410-billion dollar spending bill will clear the Senate today. John McCain's attempt to strip the bill of its earmarks was defeated by Democrats and Republicans. The White House says President Obama will sign the measure despite its more than eight-thousand pet projects.
This morning at 9:45 eastern – President Obama will talk education reform at a meeting of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Should the big banks be allowed to fail? Some Republican members of Congress are saying yes – calling on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to stop the support. Bernanke will be discussing his banking policy today at 8:30 am eastern. He will host an event with the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC.
Bernie Madoff is back in court today. A hearing at three pm eastern will determine whether or not Madoff's attorney, Ira Sorkin, has a potential conflict of interest in representing the former investor. While Sorkin's parents invested with Madoff, the attorney says he never had any of his own money involved with his client.