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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

President Obama To Begin Europe Trip -
on Monday, traveling to London with the First Lady on an official state visit. They will, of course, visit with the Queen. BBC News has more here.

After two days in Britain, President Obama will attend the G-8 meetings in France, followed by meetings in Poland. You can read more about the planned trip here.


Pawlenty To Make It Official Monday -
The former Governor of Minnesota will formally declare his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for President in Iowa. has more here.


Biden To Resume Budget Deficit Talks Tuesday -
the 14.3 Trillion debt ceiling was technically reached May 16, but Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has been using accounting measures to avoid a default. has more here.

Biden's meeting with senior Republican and Democratic congressional leaders comes after what appeared to be the collapse of meetings with the "Gang of Six" bipartisan senators after Tom Coburn (Ok.) said he was done negotiating.


Dempsey Likely To Be Next Chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff -
Admiral Michael Mullen is retiring this fall and the new Army Chief of Staff; General Martin Dempsey, is considered the front runner. has more here.


Steele To MSNBC? -
rumors have it the former chair of the Republican National Committee will be hired as a commentator for the news channel. You can read more here.


Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Lineup -
Newt Gingrich appears on CBS "Face The Nation" a week after being critical of Representative Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget deficit proposal. Ryan gets his chance to reply when he appears on NBC "Meet The Press". has a rundown of all the guests below.


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