President Obama to defend military involvement in Libya
June 15th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

President Obama to defend military involvement in Libya

President Obama is set to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress as soon as today, according to the White House.

Congressional sources are expecting a written report answering a number of questions the House of Representatives posed in a resolution passed with bipartisan support over a week ago, including inquiries about the president’s goal in Libya, how he hopes to achieve that goal, why he has not sought congressional authorization for involving U.S. troops abroad and how much the conflict will ultimately cost.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said the report “will address a whole host of issues about our ongoing efforts in Libya, including those raised in the House resolution as well as our legal analysis with regard to the War Powers Resolution.” FULL POST


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Obama calls for ceasefire in Sudan
Marchers protest against the government's military occupation of the Abyei region in southern Sudan
June 15th, 2011
09:27 AM ET

Obama calls for ceasefire in Sudan

President Obama is formally urging for a ceasefire in Sudan, having recorded a message Tuesday that was distributed by Voice of America:

There is no military solution.

The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan must live up to their responsibilities. The Government of Sudan must prevent a further escalation of this crisis by ceasing its military actions immediately, including aerial bombardments, forced displacements and campaigns of intimidation.

The urging comes days after the U.N. Security Council condemned the violence in the disputed Sudanese region of Abyei and called on the government in the north to pull out its troops.

The north has occupied Abyei for more than three weeks. Both sides claim the territory in anticipation of southern Sudan's planned secession from the north on July 9.

Full Obama statement after the jump:
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POTUS' Day Ahead: June 15, 2011
June 15th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: June 15, 2011

After a two day swing through North Carolina, Miami, and Puerto Rico, President Obama is back in the White House Wednesday for a day of closed door meetings. Of particular note, he and Vice President Biden will meet with outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. We won't likely see Obama until this evening, when he hosts a congressional picnic on the White House lawn.
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