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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama Joins Chorus Saying Weiner Should Resign -
one more heavyweight Democrat telling Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) he will not be able to perform his job effectively. has more here.


The NY Times Weighs in on Financial Reform Act -
a year after the passage of the Dodd-Frank bill many positions remain unfilled. Republicans are intent at blocking Elizabeth Warren as director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, who the Ny times believes the president should battle for confirmation. Martin Gruenberg, Obama's choice to lead the F.D.I.C., also receives the support of this NY Times editorial. Read the editorial here.


May Retail Sales Drop in May -
the first drop in eleven months. The Commerce Department reported retail sales dropped 0.2% in May after a 0.3% rise in April. has more here.

This highlights why the struggling economy will be the main focus in the 2012 president election.


Obama in Puerto Rico -
hard to believe it has been fifty years since an American president has visited the island, which is designated a U.S. territory. President John F. Kennedy was the last president to visit in 1961.

While, the U.S. President and Congress are the ultimate authority over the island and many residents pay federal income taxes, they have no representatives and can not vote in presidential elections. leading many to argue the island should become the 51st state.

The BBC has more here.


General David Petraeus To Recommend Afghanistan Troop Withdraw -
just over a week before he goes before Congress to be confirmed as the new C.I.A. director, he will provide a timetable for the withdraw of the 30,000 surge troops sent to Afghanistan by President Obama. has more here.


C.I.A. To Use Drones in Yemen - al-Qaeda operatives will be the targets in the expanded U.S. effort. The Washington Post has more here.


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