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Obama Schedule || Wednesday, June 22, 2011

4:10 pm || Greets Asian American and Pacific Islander Community; Grand Foyer 8:00 pm || Addresses the nation on Afghanistan troop pulldown All times Eastern Live stream of presidential address at 8:00 pm

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Obama to Meet With Troops After Speech

Word just out of the White House that Obama will travel to Fort Drum, NY to meet with soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, many of whom are just back from Afghanistan, as well as with military families. Not a bad idea. Just met with wounded warriors last week. Acting more like a commander in chief these days. Hooah!

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Todays Obama Poll: Americans Want Out of Afghanistan

The number of people saying U.S. troops should be brought home from Afghanistan shot up eight percentage points in a month to 56 percent, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. Only 39 percent favor keeping them there until the situation stabilizes. From the Pew report: A year ago, just 40 percent favored removing the troops as soon as possible, while 53%

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What Happened to the Carney Briefing?

My apologies for  not being able to bring you the briefing by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. I’ll livestream his briefing tomorrow if he gives it, as well as President Obama’s prime time address. Needless to say, Carney wasn’t giving out any details of Obama’s upcoming remarks on Afghanistan, saying he wanted to let the president make his own news. He did say that

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Obama to Address Nation on Afghanistan Troop Levels

President Obama will address the nation at 8 pm ET Wednesday night to detail his decision on how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan. The latest reporting, including this piece by the Associated Press, indicates Obama will say he is withdrawing 5,000 this summer and 10,000 by the end of the year. Obama will also spell out plans for bringing home the remaining 20,000 troops

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Mitch McConnell’s Dumb Idea

Are we doing this or not? Are Republican leaders just appeasing Tea Party activists, or are they serious about putting  the screws on to a result out of the deficit talks? If they are, why is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell already talking about extending the talks? Anyone? Congressional Republicans are supposedly threatening not to raise the debt limit unless they get real cuts in spending.

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Michelle Obama Begins South Africa Trip

Updated at 9:10 am with pool reports below. Michelle Obama and family arrived in South Africa. The cousins and grandma join the official greeting line. From today’s pool reports: Johannesburg–First lady Michelle Obama met Tuesday afternoon with Nelson Mandela, this nation’s first black president, a revered figure who has largely disappeared from public view for many months. It was a historic meeting for Mandela, 92,

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The Obama Morning News || June 21, 2011

President Obama will announce his decision on Afghan troop withdrawals Wednesday, most likely calling for the withdrawal of about 30,000 troops by the end of 2012 – though how quickly is unclear, according to the New York Times. Obama probably will say he wants to bring 10,000 troops home this year, more than the Pentagon wants, according to the Los Angeles Times. Debt reduction talks

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