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ABC News: Michelle Obama Wants Four More Years

ABC News' David Muir speaks to the first lady in South Africa.

ABC News' David Muir speaks to the first lady in South Africa.

ABC News' David Muir speaks to the first lady in South Africa.

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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Clinton Defends Afghanistan Drawdown

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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 1:40pm

Move to Tap Oil Reserve Has Far-Reaching Implications

In a move with major political, economic, and foreign policy implications, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Thursday that the U.S. and its partners in the International Energy Agency will release a total of 60 million barrels of oil onto the world market over the next 30 days to offset the disruption in the oil supply caused by unrest in the Middle East. The U.S. will release 30 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 1:40pm

Debt and Taxes: Eric Cantor's Hot Potato Game With Boehner

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has pulled out of the bipartisan talks led by Vice President Joe Biden over raising the federal debt ceiling.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 1:40pm

Cantor, Kyl Pull Out of Thursday Biden Talks

Following on a decision by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., to pull out of the White House-led debt and deficit talks on Thursday, the other Republican negotiator, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, has also dropped out.

The new GOP position appears to be that they will not negotiate any further until Democrats take tax increases off the table. That stance seems to reflect their assessment that there are not the votes in the House to pass any deal that includes tax increases.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 1:40pm

Institite of Medicine Releases Recommendations to Tackle Early Childhood Obesity

To help prevent obesity, doctors need to work harder to educate parents of the youngest children about encouraging exercise, eating healthy foods, and getting enough sleep, the Institute of Medicine advised on Thursday.

Regulators at the Health and Human Services Department can also do more, starting with requiring child care providers to get kids moving. Children need to be moving for 15 minutes every hour – and do as much of it as possible outdoors, the institute said.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 1:40pm

Senate Foreign Relations Approves Burns, Crocker, Locke

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the nominations of Ryan Crocker as the next ambassador to Afghanistan and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. envoy to China.

The committee also approved the appointment of William Burns as deputy secretary of State. All three now await a full Senate vote.

Locke sailed through his confirmation hearing earlier this month. Before Obama appointed him as Commerce secretary, he also served as governor of Washington from 1997 to 2005.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 1:40pm

FTC Ready to Probe Google's Dominance, Wall Street Journal Reports

The Federal Trade Commission is beginning an antitrust investigation into Google’s dominance of the Web, starting with subpoenas, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

A spokeswoman at the FTC told National Journal she could not comment, and Google also declined comment, but the newspaper said the five-member commission was preparing to send formal demands for information within days.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:40pm

Senate Foreign Relations Confirms Burns, Crocker, Locke

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the nominations of Ryan Crocker as the next ambassador to Afghanistan and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. envoy to China.

The committee also approved the appointment of William Burns as deputy secretary of State. All three now await a full Senate vote.

Locke sailed through his confirmation hearing earlier this month. Before Obama appointed him as Commerce secretary, he also served as governor of Washington from 1997 to 2005.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:40pm

Schwartz Says Recruits Worry About GOP Outside Groups

The National Republican Congressional Committee ended May with a 2-1 cash on hand advantage over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but DCCC Recruitment Chair Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., says potential recruits worry more about GOP independent expenditures and attacks from outside groups.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:40pm