But the president is going on a nine day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.
Republican House and Senate leaders named six conservative diehards to the new deficit-cutting committee, but the appointees’ histories suggested they might be open to striking a deal with Democrats. Republicans are seeking a no-confidence vote on Treasury Secretary Geithner.
The White House is planning to call for Syria’s Bashar Assad to step down.
Sarah Palin announced she would “jump back on the bus” to attend the state fair in Des Moines. Despite the buzz surrounding Rick Perry’s potential candidacy, he may be so late that entering that he can’t make up ground on rivals.
A retooled Mitt Romney is more disciplined, more confident in his policy views and seemingly more relaxed. Gov. Romney lobbied Standard & Poor’s in 2004 to raise his state’s credit rating in part because Massachusetts had raised taxes.
The Republican presidential candidates are set to debate Thursday in Iowa.
The White House defended its decision to grant filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and others access to top officials to discuss the raid that killed Bin Laden, denying it leaked details.
And Obama marked Ramadan by looking ahead to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and saying Muslims were both victims and heroes that day.