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CNN analysts: Winners and losers of Monday's GOP debate
Seven Republican candidates faced off on Monday in the first debate in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary of the 2012 election. Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum addressed issues ranging from the debt ceiling to abortion rights.
CNN: Gergen: Candidates may win GOP, but lose America
The first big Republican debate ended with two clear winners in the race for the nomination: Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. And there was one other candidate who helped himself: Newt Gingrich. But whether this debate helped Republicans win the White House is a tougher question. As to the individual candidates, Romney had a clear, easy-to-understand message and he stuck to it: Barack Obama has failed as president. Other candidates said much the same thing but with less consistency.
Will He or Will He Not? Rick Perry Keeps GOP Guessing on 2012 Bid
The contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination marked their turf at a debate in New Hampshire Monday night, but one man who could change the landscape and is keeping the guessing game going was missing - Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Though he hasn't made his plans clear, the staunch conservative is said to be seriously considering a presidential bid and is being pushed by many of his supporters who feel there is need for a Washington outsider in the current mix.
POLITICO: Myers: Anthony Weiner stepping on Democrats' message
As Weiner-gate raged through a third consecutive weekend and into this week, Democrats could only marvel at the perfect storm that has engulfed the nation’s capital and turned their agenda into an afterthought. From the beginning, Democratic congressional leaders have seemed caught off guard by the sheer velocity of the story — and at a loss as to what to do about it.
TIME: Puerto Rico: Obama Visits a Commonwealth's Uncommon Problems
It has been 50 years since a U.S. President traveled to Puerto Rico, and that's indicative of how little Washington ponders America's Caribbean island commonwealth. Only rarely, like the controversy over the U.S. naval base at Vieques a decade ago, do Americans even remember their ties to Puerto Rico. Even President Obama's visit to the island on Tuesday, June 14, is being explained by most pundits as a way for him to curry favor with Puerto Rican voters in the U.S. The Miami Herald's Frances Robles has an insightful piece today on how Obama is eyeing in particular the burgeoning Puerto Rican community in central Florida, which is less reliably Democratic than more traditional communities like New York's.
CNN: Petraeus in Washington with Afghanistan troop drawdown recommendation
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the war in Afghanistan, has arrived in Washington for a one-two national security punch that is certain to leave ripples over the next several days. Petraeus is making final preparations in advance of his June 23 hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be confirmed as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. But before he takes on that role, Petraeus has a piece of important business to finish: handing his personal recommendations to the Pentagon and White House about beginning next month a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
CNN: Senate website under review after hacker gains access to server
The Senate sergeant at arms has ordered a review of all websites associated with the chamber after an intruder hacked into the server that supports Senate.gov over the weekend. …Despite the intrusion, no user account information was compromised, [Sergeant at Arms Martina] Bradford said, noting that whoever hacked into the server "was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the files placed on Senate.gov." The server accessed contained only files intended for public consumption, she said.
Washington Post: CIA to operate drones over Yemen
The CIA is expected to begin operating armed drone aircraft over Yemen, expanding the hunt for al-Qaeda operatives in a country where counter-terrorism efforts have been disrupted by political chaos, U.S. officials said.
The plan to move CIA-operated Predator and other unmanned aircraft into the region reflects a decision by President Obama that the al-Qaeda threat in Yemen has grown so serious that patrols by U.S. military drones are not enough.
New York Times: Syria Widens Army Action in Crackdown on Restive Region
The Syrian military deployed forces to restive regions in the north and east of Syria on Tuesday, as hundreds of civilians displaced by the crackdown huddled in muddy olive groves near the Turkish border, where some lacked shelter and food, residents said. The scenes on both sides of the border, a 520-mile frontier that Syrians can cross without visas, brought yet another dimension to the three-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Unfolding Tuesday was the repressive force of the state, with reports of more arrests, along with the consequences of thousands of lives uprooted.