The White House is embracing al Jazeera as a source of information and a potential force for democracy in the Middle East according to POLITICO. George W. Bush and his aides had offered up contempt for the network.
Treasury Secretary Geithner says Republicans understand the gravity of not lifting the debt limit and have told the White House they would consider raising it even without a deal to cut spending. Both the White House and Republicans think they have leverage in the upcoming fight, The Hill reports.
President Obama hits the road this week, staging three “town hall” events, including an appearance with Facebook in Silicon Valley, in an attempt to steal the deficit issue from the Republicans. Obama and Congress may also try to tackle Social Security in a low-profile effort, the Wall Street Journal reports. Distrcit of Columbia officials are furious at Obama over budget deal provisions they think sell them out.
And Rep. Michele Bachmann says Obama is “not on our side” and calls his decision to get involved in Libya “foolish.”