On the Radar: June 13, 2011

Stage Is Set For GOP Debate In New Hampshire
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
If anyone was still wondering when the slow-starting contest for the Republican presidential nomination would begin in earnest, wonder no more. The past 10 days alone have provided a summer’s worth of developments ahead of the first major debate of the year, Monday night in New Hampshire. Read more

Obama Meets With Immelt Business Panel
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
President Barack Obama meets today with almost two dozen current and former company leaders including General Electric Co. (GE) Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt to try and convince the business community as well as voters that the slowing economy doesn’t undercut his policies. Read more

Why Newt Gingrich’s Campaign Crashed
By Karen Tumulty, Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post
On one side was an unconventional presidential candidate. He was enthralled with making documentaries to sell his ideas and captivated by the notion that wooing Chinese Americans could be a key to winning Iowa. Read more

Weiner Still Not Stepping Down, Says He Will Seek Treatment
By Major Garrett, National Journal
Top Democratic leaders, led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who was joined by the Democratic National Committee chair and head of the party's congressional campaign committee, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign on Saturday as part of a multi-pronged pincer move to shame the seven-term congressman into ending his career on Capitol Hill. Weiner, has so far refused, saying through a spokeswoman that he will seek treatment and a leave of absence from the House "so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well." Read more

Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
By Martha Raddatz, ABC News
ABC's Martha Raddatz reports on the latest on the war in Afghanistan. View

At Term's End, Supreme Court Opinions Anything But Brief
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
Asked what would happen if the Supreme Court began writing shorter opinions, Chief Justice John Roberts said, "We could all leave earlier in the spring, I guess, than in summer." Read more

Will Gates's Comments Convince NATO Members To Reverse Defense Cuts?
By Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal
Defense Secretary Robert Gates used his final European trip to issue a blunt warning: NATO, the military alliance which the U.S. founded and has largely underwritten for the past 60 years, faces a "dim, if not dismal" future because of ongoing European defense cutbacks. Read more

An Uphill Battle On Oil Dependency
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Tony Knowles helped make Sarah Palin a political celebrity by losing the Alaska governor’s race to her five years ago. Now he is seeking another legacy. Read more

Posted: Mon, 06/13/2011 - 11:33am