President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base to pay respects to the 30 service members killed over the weekend in Afghanistan.
Acknowledging the economy is weaker than it thought, the Fed predicted it will keep rates near zero through 2013. Dealing with the economy might force Obama to live up to his statement that he would rather be a one term president if that’s what it took to be a good president.
Senate Majority Leader Reid selected Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to be co-chair of a new congressional committee charged with reducing the debt and Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve on the panel. White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said Congress can stay on vacation.
The GOP is readying for a renewed battle on Obamacare.
Intrade users buying and selling shares of Obama’s stock give him a 50-50 chance of winning a second term
Rick Perry has proved to be a skilled and disciplined candidate with an instinct for where the base of his party stands and a style on the stump that is as aggressive as it is conservative, according to the Washington Post. Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum face crucial tests in Iowa’s Ames straw vote.
Ron Bloom, the White House adviser on manufacturing, plans to leave this month.
Howard Fineman, senior editor of the Huffington Post, has been offering the White House advice.
And former Democratic Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel said he might challenge Obama in a primary if someone could come up with one milllllllion dollars.