ICEBREAKERS TO THE ARCTIC. President Obama will be sending more icebreakers to the Arctic Circle, the New York Times reports, in a bid to increase the U.S. presence in the region. Right now, Russia has a fleet of such ships working their way through the ice to carve out shipping and exploration routes – and attempting to stake a territorial claim to a bigger piece of the continental shelf. (It’s not clear that the United Nations body responsible for adjudicating such claims is actually going to give Russia what it wants.) But the Obama administration acknowledged that it is falling behind and is thus is speeding up the schedule for when new icebreakers head north.