June 29th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Security Brief: McCain warns against Afghan timetable

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) told the Senate Armed Services Committee: “We need to give our strategy the necessary time to succeed.  We cannot afford to have a stay the course approach to starting our withdrawal in July 2011 when the facts on the ground are suggesting that we need more time.  This is all the more essential now with General Petraeus assuming command pending his confirmation. He has proved that he can win wars and we need to give him every opportunity and remove every obstacle to win in Afghanistan.”

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June 29th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Security Brief: Petraeus – "I support new policy"

In prepared testimony, General David Petraeus tells the Senate Armed Services Committee: “I was part of the process that helped formulate the President's strategy for Afghanistan and I support and agree with the new policy.  During its development, I offered my forthright military advice and I have assured the President that I will do the same as we conduct assessments over the course of the months ahead.”

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June 29th, 2010
09:12 AM ET

A.M. Security Brief

Gen. David Petraeus goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee today. There is little doubt he will be confirmed as the new commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, but senators on both sides of the aisle will want to hear reassurances on the course of the war.

The committee's chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, wants an explanation as to why the much anticipated Kandahar operation will have a preponderance of  International Security Assistance Forces and not Afghan troops, a plan he described Monday as "totally unacceptable." FULL POST

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June 29th, 2010
08:13 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Sen. Daniel Inouye

The 85-year-old Democrat from Hawaii is about to become the highest-ranking Asian-American in U.S. history.  Inouye, who is Nisei - a second generation Japanese-American - will become the president pro tempore of the Senate, replacing Sen. Robert Byrd,  who died early Monday after nearly 52 years in the Senate.

Politico reports that the position puts Inouye, now also the most senior member of the Senate, in the presidential line of succession behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

On June 11, Inouye became the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history - 47 years - beating the record held by the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. When he surpassed Thurmond's record, the highly decorated World War II veteran was honored on the Senate floor by his peers.

"This is a very special day for me and my family and friends who helped make it possible. When I took the oath of office in 1963, I pledged to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. I spend every day trying to live up to that oath," Inouye said.


June 29th, 2010
07:46 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Ongoing coverage - BP webcam of Gulf oil disaster

9:00 am ET - Supreme Court nomination hearing - Confirmation hearings continue in the Senate for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

9:30 am ET - Petraeus hearing - The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Gen. David Petraeus to take the reins of allied forces in Afghanistan.

1:00 pm ET - Biden visits the Gulf Coast - Vice President Biden travels to the Gulf Coast region to assess efforts to counter the BP oil spill.  He meets with Gulf residents impacted by the spill and makes a statement to the press.

2:30 pm ET - White House briefing - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs holds the daily briefing.

5:30 pm ET - Biden in Pensacola - Vice President Biden travels to the Gulf Coast region to assess efforts to counter the BP oil spill.  He visits Naval Air Station Pensacola and makes a statement to the press.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

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June 29th, 2010
06:07 AM ET

World update: World soccer boss says sorry

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Tuesday:

Football chief sorry for referee errors: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has done a U-turn over the use of goal-line technology and apologized to the English and Mexican football associations for controversial refereeing decisions in their last 16 defeats.  Read more

Google changes China policy: Search engine giant will no longer reroute traffic to its uncensored Hong Kong website after it said Chinese government officials found the redirect unacceptable.

U.S.: Russian spies arrested: Less than a week after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the United States, the Justice Department announced Monday that 10 people were arrested on charges of being Russian agents involved in a long-term mission in the country. Another suspect was still being sought. Read more


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