Obama’s Middle East speech today will be mostly a general statement of principles with some aid thrown in, according to a senior administration official who briefing reporters. POLITICO lists five things to watch for when Obama talks. The speech marks a shift in power from the military to Obama’s civilian foreign policy advisers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Obama is speaking more toward a domestic audience than the Arab Street, writes Time.
Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mullen think it’s time for everyone to shut up already about the details of the Bin Laden raid. Gates said he doesn’t believe Pakistan’s top leaders knew Bin Laden was there, though “somebody” – either a past or current official – did know.
Niether Republicans nor voters are buying the White House line about the urgency of raising the debt limit.
The administration refuses to release the names of the companies denied waivers from Obamacare, the Daily Caller reports. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was involved as solicitor general in crafting the legal defense of Obamacare, raising questions about whether she should recuse herself from the case when it comes before the Supreme Court.
Republicans are vowing to block Obama’s most contentious judicial nominee yet, saying Goodwin Liu is a liberal activist who would play fast and loose with the Constitution from the bench.
Rahm’s renter, who nearly kept him out of the Chicago mayoral race, is finally leaving.
The Secret Service tweaked Fox News in a Tweet.