Welcome to "First Shots," a daily roundup of early-bird news and a preview of what's to come.
• The president is heading to Comedy Central to tape an appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." (Bloomberg Businessweek)
• A Congressional Oversight Panel will grill Treasury today in the first hearing on the foreclosure robo-signings scandal. (ABC)
• Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton departs today for a a 13-day trip in the Asia-Pacific. She recently added China to her list of stops. (Reuters India)
• At this late stage in the game, Democrats are catching up on election spending. (Washington Post)
• After weeks of protest, a controversial proposal to change France's pension system could become law today. (CNN)
• One-fifth of the world's vertebrates face extinction but conservation efforts are having a positive impact, according to a global study released today. (AFP)
• The Pentagon now says a power outage caused a break in communication with 50 nuclear missiles this weekend at Wyoming's Warren Air Force base. (AP)
• Year-round or "balanced" school schedules are gaining popularity across the U.S. (MSNBC)
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