On the Radar: Afghanistan, Weiner, weather, wildfire, economy, E. coli
June 8th, 2011
08:16 AM ET

On the Radar: Afghanistan, Weiner, weather, wildfire, economy, E. coli

Obama to huddle with Karzai

As the U.S. weighs the timeline to pull out troops from Afghanistan, President Barack Obama will meet by videoconference Wednesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (pictured above).

Also Wednesday, Obama will welcome visiting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Auburn University's national champion football team.

Anthony Weiner scandal

Democratic leaders in Congress have turned their backs on embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner after the New York Democrat admitted to improper sexually tinged communications and lying about it.

"I wish there was some way I could defend him, but I can't," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters. Asked what he would say if Weiner sought advice, Reid smiled and responded: "I'd tell him to call someone else."

Tuesday afternoon, two House Democrats from competitive districts announced they were donating campaign contributions from Weiner to charity.

Arizona wildfire

The massive Arizona wildfire is forcing thousands to flee their homes, disrupting flights and threatening air quality in neighboring New Mexico.  The Wallow Fire sweeping through Apache National Forest has burned approximately 389,000 acres, incident commander Joe Reinarz said Tuesday. Further evacuations are possible if the fire cannot be contained, Reinarz said.

Extreme weather

While heat approaching and even reaching triple digits maintains its grip on much of the country, the Missouri River continues to rise to dangerous levels in the Great Plains. Amtrak says it plans to suspend rail service on Thursday between Chicago and Denver because of expected cresting in the Omaha, Nebraska, area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss the recent severe weather from historic Mississippi River flooding to devastating tornado outbreaks and predictions of an above-average hurricane season.

FBI chief Mueller extension hearing

Obama wants Robert Mueller to stay put atop the FBI, but he needs Congress to pass a law allowing him to extend his 10-year term. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the matter Wednesday.

Casey Anthony trial

Jurors in the Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida are expected to hear more forensic evidence in Day 12 of testimony. Anthony, 25, faces seven counts in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. If convicted, she could face the death penalty. Follow developments on Nancy Grace's trial page.

Economic numbers

The Obama administration is hoping for any glimmer of good news as the Fed's Beige Book, which summarizes current U.S. economic conditions by the 12 Federal Reserve districts, will be released at 2 p.m. With numbers last week showing the unemployment rate ticking up to 9.1 percent, home prices falling further and consumer confidence down, Republican strategists and possible and declared presidential contenders have focused their criticism on Obama's economic policies.

E. coli outbreak

German vegetable growers are destroying tons of fresh produce in an attempt to halt an E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed nearly two dozen people. The EU said on Tuesday it would pay $220 million in compensation to vegetable growers, many of whom have criticized Germany's handling of the crisis.

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  1. TvNYC

    Well if I'm the one to blame than I'm willing to change as a human being. That means no car driving, no heat or ac, no tv. Live just like the omnish people. I would be up for that but the rest of our dumb human beings probably wouldn't. I've been blogging about global warming for over 12 years so I know it's happening!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. cissy

    real issues? really only thing that get attn anymore is kweer rights, where my free s**t and legalizing drugs! thats america for you. just sayin

    June 8, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ cissy:
    I dunno abou legaliznn drugs, bu if you drinks nuff alcohll, you can kill youself tha way to.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. TvNYC

    Cissy I agree!

    June 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    Cissy, I prefer you spell your name "Sissy" if you don't mind. Thank you.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    @TvNYC, I would prefer that you cap all your letters. Thank you, TVNYC. Actually, no. Keep TvNYC as it is. It looks better than TVNYC. Thank you once again.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    @TvNYC: Don't listen to that dumb ant. Some termite probably killed it by now.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Afghanistan Weiner weather wildfire economy E. coli


    June 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jmc

    Casey anthony should be tortured this has taken to long the world knows she did it

    June 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |

    I guess that that stupid Obama's going to find another lame excuse to keep us in Afghanistan where we have no right to be in the first place! I understand that 42% of the American people want our troops to remain there indefinately. That proves just how wrong 138 million people can be!!! Have these people no moral compass? Evidently not!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TvNYC

    I agree pull out and watch out!

    June 9, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. TvNYC

    Obama is not stupid, he is just waiting for the right time.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. nikki

    Poll: Should Congressman Anthony Weiner resign?


    June 9, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
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