On the Radar: June 22, 2011

Homebound? Military Awaits Obama's Decision On Troop Reduction in Afghanistan
By Martha Raddatz and Enjoli Francis, ABC News
"First thing I'm going to do is hug my sister," said Lance Cpl. Michael Acquaviva of the U.S. Marine Corps. This is what a drawdown means in human terms: more reunions, more sisters, fathers and children on a crowded, joyous search for a loved one. Read more

Obama Navigates Math And Politics With Afghan Troop Withdrawal
By Jim Sciutto and Mary Bruce, ABC News
When President Obama was contemplating a new Afghan war strategy in late 2009, he faced sharp divisions within his own administration between those recommending 40,000 or more troops and a full counterinsurgency and those advocating half as many and a focus on counterterrorism. He chose a middle road: 30,000 troops and a mix of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, or COIN, in the military lingo. Read more

Cost Of Wars a Rising Issue As Obama Weighs Troop Levels
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
President Obama will talk about troop numbers in Afghanistan when he makes a prime-time speech from the White House on Wednesday night. But behind his words will be an acute awareness of what $1.3 trillion in spending on two wars in the past decade has meant at home: a ballooning budget deficit and a soaring national debt at a time when the economy is still struggling to get back on its feet. Read more

In G.O.P. Presidential Race, A Focus On Cash Over Votes
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
With their first major fund-raising deadline nine days away, the Republican presidential candidates are in a cutthroat, coast-to-coast scramble to sign up top party donors to gain a financial edge — and, just as crucial, to block them from helping a rival campaign. Read more

Sotomayor Opens Up About Her Diabetes
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
The parents of Sonia Sotomayor, the future Supreme Court justice, knew something was wrong when their daughter, 7 years old at the time, was always thirsty, began wetting the bed and fainted in church. Read more

Senate Budget Chairman Says $2 Trillion Not Enough
By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post
The debt-reduction package emerging in talks between the White House and congressional leaders would not “fundamentally change” the alarming rate of growth in the national debt, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Tuesday. Read more

House GOP Digs In On Debt Ceiling
By Janet Hook and Corey Coles, The Wall Street Journal
Two top House Republicans rejected the idea of pursuing a series of piecemeal deficit-cutting agreements in exchange for gradual increases in the government's borrowing limit, putting more pressure on negotiators to start cutting deals on a broader package within days. Read more

Obama Gets 30% Certain To Support Re-Election In Economy Poll
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
Americans are growing more dissatisfied with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy and say it will be hard to vote to re-elect him without seeing significant progress over the next year and a half. Read more

Posted: Wed, 06/22/2011 - 12:46pm