Digging Deep

President Barack Obama speaks at the Joint Media Conference with Australian PM Julia Gillard.

President Obama announced that there will be a U.S. Marine base in Australia to shore up our alliances in Asia. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, discusses why China doesn’t like this move and what it signals about the United States' position in the Asia Pacific region. Plus: New York state education commissioner John King; a City Limits investigation into the Bloomberg administration’s use of private contractors for city services; and how the devastation of the storm Irene has affected what will be available at the farmers’ market ahead of Thanksgiving.