On the Radar: June 7, 2011

Obama Loses Bin Laden Bounce
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post
The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans’ disapproval of how he is handling the nation’s economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more

Fact Check: Santorum Omits Key Details On Deficit
By Chuck Babington, Associated Press
In announcing his Republican presidential bid, former Sen. Rick Santorum blamed President Barack Obama for a federal deficit that has many contributors, and he omitted important details about Obama's comments on America's past. Read more

Military Seeks To Make Case Against Too-Hasty Reduction Of Troops In Afghanistan
By David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker, The New York Times
With a major internal debate gathering inside the White House over how quickly to reduce the size of the American fighting force in Afghanistan, the military pushed back on Monday against the prospect of a substantial withdrawal, arguing that to leave too early would imperil hard-fought gains. Read more

Gates Insists It's Too Early To End Combat In Afghanistan
By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Touring bases as he prepares to retire, the Pentagon chief is asked repeatedly by troops whether Osama bin Laden's death means the U.S. can end the war in Afghanistan. Not yet, is his response. Read more

How Anthony Weiner Can Recover From Scandal
By John Dickerson, CBS News
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is facing a political mess of epic proportions. After admitting Monday that he'd lied about an explicit photo sent via his Twitter account recently -- that it was actually a photo of his own crotch that he'd sent to a woman -- he now faces a possible ethics investigation into his actions. Read more

Weiner Apologizes For Lewd Tweets
By Eamon Javers, CNBC
CNBC's Eamon Javers, Eric Dezenhall, Crisis Management CEO, and Robert Costa, National Review, discuss the latest fallout of the Weinergate saga. He apologized today before the press, but says he will not resign. View

Weiner: 'I Am Not Resigning'
By Susan Davis, National Journal
After 10 days of denial and deceit, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., said on Monday that he had lied and made “terrible mistakes” that have deeply hurt his wife and others. Weiner confessed to sending a lewd photo of himself to a college student in Washington state. “To be clear, the picture was of me – and I sent it,” he said. Read more

Latest Hacks Could Set The Stage For Cyberwar
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
In March, unidentified hackers penetrated RSA, a top U.S. cybersecurity company, and stole complex security codes. At the same time, intruders broke into Google's Gmail system and stole passwords, enabling them to potentially gain access to sensitive facilities or information. Read more

Senate Approves Donald Verrilli As Solicitor General
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
The Senate on Monday approved Donald Verrilli, a seasoned appellate lawyer who is currently White House deputy counsel, to be the federal government's top lawyer before the Supreme Court. Read more

Goolsbee Leaving As Top Economic Adviser
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
Austan Goolsbee, a longtime adviser to President Obama and the only economist left on his core economic team, plans to leave as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers by September after a year in the job to return to the University of Chicago. Read more

Head Of Private Military Firm Denies Affiliation With Ex-Blackwater Chief
By Mark Mazzetti and Emily B. Hager, The New York Times
The president of a company training foreign mercenary troops for the United Arab Emirates has told the State Department and members of Congress that Erik Prince, the former head of the security firm Blackwater Worldwide, plays no role in operating the business. Read more


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