On the Radar: June 6, 2011

Appeals Court To Hear States' Case Against Health Care Law
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
Of the many legal challenges to the Obama-sponsored health care overhaul, the case brought by 26 states to be heard Wednesday by a federal appeals court in Atlanta stands out. Read more

2012 Republican Hopefuls Court Religious Right
By Chuck Babington, Associated Press
A gathering of religious conservatives drew nearly all the GOP presidential hopefuls to a single stage, a claim that a South Carolina debate and a well-publicized forum in New Hampshire couldn't make about their recent events. Read more

Shifting Sands Of Religion And Politics
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Of the 44 U.S. presidents, all but a handful have been affiliated with a relatively narrow list of traditional Protestant denominations. Read more

Steeper Pullout Is Raised As Option For Afghanistan
By David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, The New York Times
President Obama’s national security team is contemplating troop reductions in Afghanistan that would be steeper than those discussed even a few weeks ago, with some officials arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the war and the death of Osama bin Laden, which they called new “strategic considerations.” Read more

Strategy Session: Obama Meets With National Security Team On Afghanistan, Pakistan
By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
President Obama and his senior national security advisors convened Monday to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan, as the administration wrestles with questions about strategy in the region and what role American troops should play there. Read more

White House Preps For Merkel's Tuesday Visit
By Darlene Superville, Associated Press
Angela Merkel has traveled to the U.S. many times since becoming Germany's chancellor six years ago, arriving quietly for meetings with the president or international summits. But she's in for a different kind of welcome Tuesday when she begins an official visit to Washington. Read more

Posted: Mon, 06/06/2011 - 12:52pm