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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama Only Receives 30% Support For Reelection -
in a Bloomberg News poll. In more bad news for the President, 36% said they will definitely not vote for him. Among Independents, a block of voters who helped Obama win the 2008 election, only 23% support his reelection. has more here.


Obama To Deliver Afghanistan Speech Tonight -
at 8:00 PM ET, the president will address the nation and detail the troop withdrawal program he is proposing. Congress has sent strong signals, support for this war is eroding. Especially, in the aftermath of the raid that killed Bin Laden, which highlighted the fragile international alliances in the region. The Washington Post has more here.

His address comes as a new PEW Survey shows 56% of Americans want troops in Afghanistan to come home as soon as possible. You can read the full survey results here.


Panetta Confirmed as Defense Secretary -
the Senate unanimously approved Leon Panetta to replace Robert Gates who is retiring June 30. You can read more here.


House Votes on Libya Expected this Week -
in defiance of the White House explanation that the action in Libya does not constitute hostile action by the U.S. and fall under the War Powers Act, two votes are expected this week by the House. One, to support U.S. military action and the other to require the withdraw of all military force from Libya. has more here.


Bachmann to Announce Monday -
a tea party favorite, Representative Michele Bachmann
(R-Minn.) will officially become the latest to join the field vying for the Republican Party nomination for President. She will make her announcement in Waterloo, Iowa. has more here.


Gingrich Campaign Fall-Out Continues -
the latest campaign staff to jump ship are two top fundraisers for the campaign. Their resignations follow those of his senior campaign staff who resigned en masse last week. has more here.


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