Political Checklist: Egypt Crisis Changes the Agenda at the White House

BY Quinn Bowman  January 31, 2011 at 1:44 PM EDT

In this edition of the Political Checklist, Political Editor David Chalian and Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff discuss how a foreign affairs crisis like the popular revolt in Egypt forces a White House to change its script.

This week, Woodruff reports, the White House hoped to focus on a theme from the State of the Union speech: winning the future through new jobs and government investment in innovation. Now, the administration is trying to navigate carefully the situation in Egypt as thousands of protesters there call for President Hosni Mubarak to step down after three decades in power.

Woodruff and Chalian also discuss senior White House adviser David Axelrod’s exit from Washington. Axelrod is returning to Chicago to work on President Obama’s re-election campaign.

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