"Morning Briefing: June 7, 2011"
Support for the war in Afghanistan increased for the first time since the end of 2009, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The poll found that 43 percent of Americans support the war, compared to just 31 percent in March. Still, 73 percent support withdrawing troops this summer.
The Washington Post/ABC poll also found that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) has a slight lead over President Obama in a hypothetical election matchup. Among registered voters, Romney leads Obama 49-46. Among all Americans, they are tied at 47. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was the next closest Republican, trailing Obama by six points.
Voters in Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) district “are sharply divided” on whether their congressman should resign his seat. While redistricting could force him out of his seat, several constituents believe he should resign because “he should have been truthful from the very beginning.”
After leaving Fox News later this month, Glenn Beck will begin charging fans to watch his daily talk show on his new internet-only TV network, GBTV. Beck will charge $5-10 a month for a subscription to the network, which will host a variety of content beyond Beck.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned yesterday that the Senate’s failure to confirm federal nominees would be especially harmful because the agencies are trying to write new financial rules. The Senate “will create the conditions again for a situation in which the weak and poorly managed risk bringing down the financial system again,” he said.
The international soccer association FIFA disqualified the Iranian women’s soccer team from a qualifying match because it “decided just before the kickoff that the tight headscarves the Iranian players were wearing to cover their hair broke the association’s dress code.” “This ruling means that women soccer in Iran is over,” said the team’s former head coach.
And finally: With an admission of guilt at a press conference yesteday, the “Weinergate” scandal has come full circle, and now has its own commemorative T-shirts, mugs, and caps. But it’s not bad news for everyone — a staffer to disgraced former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford tweeted yesterday, “I am now no longer part of the most bizarre political press conference ever.”