Defense Secretary Gates said the U.S. had made preliminary contacts with the Taliban, but he indicated substantive talks aren’t likely soon.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said a short term increase in the debt ceiling of a few months is possible. The unemployment numbers may be less ominous for Obama than they seem, writes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post.
First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in South Africa today for an official trip intended to improve relations between the U.S. and Africa and promote youth engagement, education, health and wellness – while getting in some sightseeing with her daughters and mom too.
Leaders of a national Hispanic organization are criticizing Obama for skipping their annual conference for the third consecutive year after he promised as a candidate in 2008 that he would return as president.
Republicans are steering away from George W. Bush and his efforts to move the GOP to the center through “compassionate conservatism,” writes POLITICO.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is trying to determine what it would take logistically for him to get in the race. The lack of a southern GOP candidate may leave Perry an opening. Jon Huntsman’s family’s business with Iran poses a peril for the candidate.
The Daily Caller has a slideshow of Sunday’s Obama-Boehner golf outing.
And on Father’s Day, Obama took his daughters out for ice cream.