President Barack Obama praised the residents of Joplin, Missouri during a commencement address last night, “a day before the anniversary of the twister that killed 161 people.” “You are from Joplin. And you are from America,” Obama said. “You will not be defined by the difficulties you face, but how you respond—with strength, and grace, and a commitment to others.”
Yesterday, NATO allies formally agreed to end the decade-long war in Afghanistan and transition power over to the Afghanistan government by 2013, committing to withdraw international troops next summer.
A new poll shows President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney locked in a dead heat over the economy, each tied with 47 percent of respondents who agree with their handling of economic issues.
Three Drug Enforcement Agency agents are being investigated for hiring prostitutes in Colombia, allegedly at the same time Secret Service agents got in trouble for the same thing.
States are moving slowly to set up health care exchanges. Only 14 states have authorized the insurance marketplaces, despite the fact that 34 states received planning grants. The exchanges are supposed to be fully enacted by the states by 2014, but the federal government will likely play a larger role in establishing the pools.
Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) effort to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress may fail. Two of the Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have said that they will not support such a move. Six others repeatedly denied The Hill’s requests for comment.
A new United Technologies/National Journal poll shows that only about one quarter of Americans think Congress should ban gay marriage or re-instate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. However, half of Americans supported Congress’s ban on gay marriages in the military.