FIRST LOOK: Pentagon considers charging WikiLeaks founder under Espionage Act

Liz Goodwin
The Lookout

Welcome to First Look, a daily roundup of early-bird news:

• The Pentagon is pondering charging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act. (Washington Post)

• A Wisconsin high schooler's 23 classmates kept him calm in conversation Monday until police stormed the high school where they and their teacher were being held. The 15-year-old gunman shot himself and is in grave condition. (AP)

• Talks on climate change open in Cancun this week, marking a "low point" for global negotiations on the issue. (New York Times)

• Some Democrats want President Obama to compromise on extending expiring tax cuts -- preserving the cuts for families making as much as $1 million a year, instead of $250,000. (Washington Post)

• The Pentagon will release its study on the effects of repealing "don't ask, don't tell," finding that there is little risk to letting gays serve openly. (AP)

• Federal workers are in a rage over Obama's proposed salary freeze. (New York Daily News)

• A battle heats up over phosphate mining in Florida. (Wall Street Journal)

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