September 30th, 2011
08:31 AM ET
News this morning of the death of New Mexico-born Yemeni-American terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki is dominating the news out of the White House today. The latest on Awlaki’s death can be found here from CNN Wires.
With the president attending the “Change of Office” ceremony today for Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, his recent comments on the Pakistani government’s support of terror organizations will surely reemerge as a popular topic of conversation. Reuters is reporting that one of the men sanctioned by the U.S. for supporting Pakistani terrorist organizations is now denying that he was a Taliban financer. [Reuters]
Here are some other stories the White House is likely keeping an eye on:
30-year fixed mortgage rates move up after reaching record lows [LA Times]
Russia's Medvedev defends Putin swap plan [Reuters]
Florida seeks to move primary date, upending GOP calendar [CNN]
Fatal Accident Puts Focus on Deportation Program [NY Times]
Tea Party challenges Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana [The State Column]
'Onion' Takes Heat From D.C. Police For Hostage Story [NPR]
Europe again steps back from brink in debt crisis [Reuters]
Obama’s Buffett Rule Backed by 63% of Investors [Bloomberg]
September 30th, 2011
07:55 AM ET
The president’s day took a bit of a turn early this morning as CNN confirmed that the Yemeni-American terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed. Details of Awlaki’s death are slowly leaking out (many can be found here from CNN Wires), but the president is likely to mention it when he delivers remarks at the “Change of Office” ceremony for the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen at Fort Myer later this morning.
Later in the day, the president will be interviewed by conservative talk radio host Michael Smerconish in the Oval Office. This is the third time President Obama will talk to Smerconish since his election – remember that in 2008 Smerconish broke with the GOP and endorsed Obama. Tonight Obama attends a fundraiser hosted by supporters of the LGBT community in Washington DC on the last day of the third federal fundraising quarter.
Press Secretary Jay Carney will hold a press briefing today at 12:30 PM.
Here’s the whole schedule: