The Daily Digest

President Obama is expected to make a decision today on whether Stanley McChrystal should keep his job as the commander in Afghanistan. McChrystal criticized Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and other members of the Administration to Rolling Stone.

CNN reports that McChyrstal submitted his resignation. The big question is whether President Obama accepts it.

Politico says McChrystal won’t get a lifeline from Capitol Hill.

A judge blocks Obama’s moratorium on deep water drilling but the Administration says it will appeal the ruling.

Obama also vowed to push forward with his gay rights agenda.

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced oil spill legislation that requires companies to set up escrow accounts.

Las Vegas will get some Minnesota visitors in July. DFL Sen. Al Franken will speak to liberal bloggers in Las Vegas in July. GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann will speak to conservative bloggers in the same location the same week.

Franken’s spokeswoman is leaving Franken’s office to work for Emily’s List.

DFL Rep. Betty McCollum signs a letter to President Obama encouraging him to keep a commercial whale hunting ban in place.

DFL Rep. Keith Ellison is scheduled to speak in Minneapolis to the Unitarian Universalists General Assembly.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann withdraws two requests for the St. Cloud airport. She cited the federal deficit and her party’s ban on earmarks for her decision.

Bachmann defends her most recent comments on BP.

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart goes after Bachmann’s claims about the oil spill fund.

DFL Rep. Collin Peterson takes the lead on derivatives language for agriculture in the Wall St. bill.


All of the candidates for governor except Republican Tom Emmer will participate in a forum at the Minneapolis YWCA today.

Democrat Mark Dayton has a news conference scheduled for today to announce his plans to better help senior citizens.

At a Tuesday forum, a school tax question split the candidates for governor.

MinnPost writes about the full debate, hosted by Growth and Justice.

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, a former candidate for governor, is backing Democrat Matt Entenza’s campaign for governor.

Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher says she wants a better working relationship with local governments.

KARE does a write-thru of what the DFL candidates did on Tuesday.

MinnPost writes about Republican Tom Emmer’s efforts to allow the state to refuse to opt in to federal mandates unless the State Legislature and governor ok them first and an idea that would give the governor, the House Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader veto authority over which federal laws could take effect in Minnesota.

MPR profiles the I-P’s Bob Anderson, who is running for Congress in Minnesota’s 6th District.

Military rules stop a soldier’s bid for the Minnesota House.

Under the Dome

Contract talks between the nurses and the hospitals will resume.

The U of M’s Board of Regents unanimously approved the budget for the U of M.

Gov. Pawlenty officially rejects the MA opt-in.

The BWCA is getting plenty of attention. MPR reports that copper and nickel mining groups are prospecting near the federal wilderness. Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been filed to stop a cell phone tower from being built near the area.

DFL State Rep. Tom Anzelc had a restraining order filed against him. He says he’ll fight it.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

After a question from a reporter in Oklahoma, Gov. Pawlenty acknowledged he is personally backing Nikki Haley for governor of South Carolina and said his federal PAC will contribute to her campaign. The endorsement came on the same day as the runoff in that state where Haley won handily.

Politico reports that Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin strongly backed Haley while Pawlenty and others sat out the race.

You can also listen to Pawlenty’s Monday speech to the Heritage Foundation.

  • A good case has been made that the president should fire McChrystal. While I might be inclined to agree, my problem is that so many are making that argument by referencing Harry Truman’s firing of Douglas MacArthur in 1951.

    The two cases aren’t even close.

    In 1951 at the height of the Korean War, MacArthur was advocating to the press – against the wishes of his commander-in-chef – extending the conflict by invading China. Had that happened it may have started World War III. Had the General had his way in 1951, we’d STILL be fighting in Korea.

    Old Harry made a wise and courageous decision and hindsight has shown, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he did the right thing.

    Stanley McChrystal may be many things – Doug MacArthur he ain’t.

    Tom Degan