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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Photojournalist's Notebook: Confronting Downing Street protesters
The man in white is the protester who spoke with CNN.
May 30th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Photojournalist's Notebook: Confronting Downing Street protesters

No presidential trip abroad would be complete without the requisite protest. Last week, President Obama took off on an eight day, four country tour of Ireland, England, France and Poland.

While in London, I received a request from my producer to shoot some protesters outside of 10 Downing Street. Not knowing the nature of the protest, I quickly packed my camera gear and took off in a taxi to the location. FULL POST

POTUS schedule for Memorial Day May 30, 2011
May 30th, 2011
06:05 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Memorial Day May 30, 2011

The schedule as released by the White House

EDT

9:10AM         THE PRESIDENT and the First Lady will host a breakfast for Gold

Star Families at the White House

State Dining Room   Closed Press

10:10AM       THE PRESIDENT makes Department of Defense personnel announcements

Rose Garden     Open Press

10:55AM       THE PRESIDENT will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the

Tomb of the Unknowns

11:15AM       THE PRESIDENT will participate in the Memorial Day Service at

Arlington National Cemetery