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Friday, May 27, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Hillary Clinton in Pakistan -
the Secretary of State is visiting to repair differences after the covert U.S. action inside Pakistan resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. She is joined by Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen. has more here.

The visit comes as Pakistan announces it will allow U.S. forensic C.I.A. teams to further investigate the Bin Laden compound. The Washington Post has more here.


Russia Offers Mediation in Libya -
at the G-8 meeting in France, Russian President Demitry Medvedev said Gaddafi must go and offered to mediate. This offer comes after the G-8 pledged 20 Billion in aid to new Arab democracies. has more here.

Alabama Republican State Representative Switches to Democratic Party Over Law Aimed at Teachers -
Daniel Bowman, who just won a seat in the state legislature in November, has switched due to a law pushed by Republicans which weakens tenure for state teachers and makes it easier to fire them. has more here.

Democratic leaders view this switch which comes after the Democratic upset win in the NY Dist. 26 race as another sign Republican actions have been too draconian of late.


Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama -
Congress waited until the last day to pass the extension, sending it to President Obama for signature. Obama, who is in Europe, was expected to approve the four year extension by electronic signature. has more here.


Palin To Begin Bus Tour in D.C. on Sunday -
the bus tour will head up the northeast coast and is entitled the "One Nation Tour". The plan is to visit historical sites which were pivotal in the development of the United States. ABC News has more here.

Let's hope she knows her history better than Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who used what happened in Massachusetts with the "shot heard round the world" while in New Hampshire.

Regardless, the tour keeps her White House bid rumors alive and her money making machine going.


Mitt Romney to Announce June 2 -
the Republican front runner will make it official next Thursday, in New Hampshire. His organization and fund raising capabilities will make him tough to beat in the Republican Party battle for the presidential nomination. The Washington Post has more here.

However, the magical "it" that is needed for a candidate to win, Romney does not have and he can not beat President Obama.


Rick Santorium To Announce on June 6 -
the former Pennsylvania Senator will join the cattle call of candidates vying for the Republican Party nomination for president. Don't look to see him catch on. has more here.


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