Americans want Congress to invoke War Powers
May 31st, 2011
02:27 PM ET

Americans want Congress to invoke War Powers

The CNN Political Unit reports a majority of Americans want Congress to invoke the War Powers Act, believing that President Obama should not have the have the final authority for deciding whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya.  The findings come in a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland breaks it down:

"That's a common reaction from the American public," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Although Congress as an institution is held in fairly low regard, over the past two decades Americans have typically told pollsters that Congress should be the branch of government to make these kinds of decisions – from Iraq to Haiti to Kosovo to Somalia, and regardless of the president's party."

More HERE


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Obama makes it official
May 31st, 2011
01:49 PM ET

Obama makes it official

President Obama announced his choice to lead the Commerce Department on Tuesday, selecting John Bryson, the former CEO of the utility company Edison International, CNNMoney's Charles Riley reports.

More on Bryson HERE

Text of Obama's announcement after the jump:
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Did you know? Fun facts on Commerce
Herbert Hoover was the longest serving Commerce Secretary before being elected president.
May 31st, 2011
01:08 PM ET

Did you know? Fun facts on Commerce

The first Sectary of Commerce was William C. Redfield in 1913, a magnate of the Iron and Steel industry and author of the book, “The New Industrial Day.”

The longest serving Commerce Secretary was Herbert Hoover, who oversaw the Department in the pre-Great Depression boom years of 1921-1928. Hoover went on to become President of the United States in 1929.

The first woman Commerce Secretary was Juanita Kreps, who served from 1977-1979.

The first African American Commerce Secretary was Ronald Brown, who served from 1993-1996. Brown was killed in a plane crash in 1996.

Source: Commerce Department

Bryson to be named Commerce Secretary
May 31st, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Bryson to be named Commerce Secretary

UPDATE: Obama has made the official announcement.

CNN's Ed Henry reports that President Obama will nominate John Bryson to be the next commerce secretary. He is the former CEO of Edison International. Bryson is also the co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonpartisan environmental advocacy group. He also serves on a U.N. group that deals with climate change.

Obama will make the announcement at 1:15 p.m. ET in the Rose Garden.

Bryson, who must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace current Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who has been nominated to serve as ambassador to China.

More career highlights after the jump: FULL POST


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Obama's approval on the rise
May 31st, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Obama's approval on the rise

The CNN Political Unit reports President Obama's performance on national security and international affairs and his image as a strong leader appear to be behind his rising approval rating, according to a new national poll conducted while the president was on his week-long trip to Europe.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that Obama's approval rating among Americans stands at 54 percent, with 45 percent saying they disapprove of the job he's doing as president.

More HERE


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White House Schedule Tuesday May 31, 2011
May 31st, 2011
06:24 AM ET

White House Schedule Tuesday May 31, 2011

11:00AM        THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing -Oval Office/ Closed Press

4:15PM          THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors- Oval Office/ Closed Press

Briefing Schedule

2:00PM           Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


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May 30th, 2011
02:03 PM ET

Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington

President Obama led the nation's Memorial Day observances Monday by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns and declaring that Americans owe "a debt to our fallen heroes that we can never fully repay."

Full Obama remarks after the jump: FULL POST


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Who is Martin Dempsey?
May 30th, 2011
11:02 AM ET

Who is Martin Dempsey?

The man President Obama nominated Monday to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has years of experience fighting two different wars in Iraq, but little experience in Afghanistan.

Gen. Martin Dempsey became the new Army Chief of Staff just last month, but he's is already in line for the only higher-ranking job available to someone in uniform: the President's top military advisor. It's the culmination of a career in the U.S. Army that began when he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in the waning years of the Vietnam War.

Dempsey was born in Bayonne, New Jersey but attended high school in Goshen, New York in the shadows of West Point. He graduated in 1974 as an armor officer, and was soon assigned to a tank unit in Germany than in helicopter reconnaissance unit at Fort Carson, Colorado. FULL POST


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Making it official
May 30th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Making it official

It's official. President Obama has announced Gen. Martin Dempsey to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Ray Odierno was named to replace Dempsey as the Army's chief of staff.   Also announced, Adm. James Winnefeld , the current head of the U.S. Northern Command, to serve as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


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Dempsey in as Joint Chiefs Chairman
May 30th, 2011
09:22 AM ET

Dempsey in as Joint Chiefs Chairman

CNN's Ed Henry and Barbara Starr report that President Obama on Monday will announce the nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey to replace Adm. Mike Mullen as Joint Chiefs Chairman, according to a source familiar with the plans.

Obama will also name Adm. James Winnefeld, the current head of the U.S. Northern Command, to serve as vice chairman, according to the source.

More HERE


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