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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Lineup -
Fox News Sunday and CNN "State of The Union has Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring at the end of this month. Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan will surely be among the topics discussed. Senator John McCain (R-Az.) is on ABC "This Week" and comedian Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" will also appear on Fox News - this should be fun to watch!

For a complete rundown of the guests, has a quick video preview below.


Will Obama-Boehner Golf Outing Yield Results? -
is what most are wondering. The overcast day will hopefully not get in the way as the President and Speaker of the House are joined by vice president Joe Biden and Ohio governor John Kasich. Biden has been holding budget talks with Congressional Leaders and this will be an opportunity to see what compromises can be made to raise the nation's debt ceiling. President Obama has made clear he wants Congressional agreement prior to July 4. has more here.


U.S. In Talks With Taliban -
Afghanistan President Karzai disclosed the talks are ongoing. The public announcement came just as militants attacked a police station near the presidential palace. The Washington Post has more here.


Obama Rejected Lawyers Opinions on U.S. Libya Involvement -
the NY Times is reporting the top lawyers in the Pentagon and Justice Department both believed the U.S. military action in Libya fell under the "War Powers Act" which would require the president to either end or scale back back the mission after May 20. Congressional Leaders have admonished President Obama for not seeking their approval for the military action and the White House has pushed back with a detailed justification of the action taken to date in Libya. The NY Times has more here.


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