President Obama’s message to Germany’s Angela Merkel this week was this: Europe needs a leader, and you’re it.
Defense Secretary Gates blasted NATO, saying the Libyan war calls into question NATO’s fighting ability and future. The White House sought to counter criticism that its Afghan aid effort is failing to achieve much.
The Washington Post appears to have backed off an invitation to readers to help it dig through Sarah Palin’s emails for dirt, now saying they simply want readers to comment.
Newt Gingrich will continue campaigning despite the exodus of his top officials. Mitt Romney will skip the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, which probably could only have contained bad surprises for a front runner.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who sustained a bullet wound to the head, has trouble communicating and may not be able to run for reelection.
And Clinton is said to be considering moving to the World Bank, but she emphatically denies it.