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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I'm surprised that a mistake like that could happen in Germany.
    They are normally very methodical and exacting. I hope they're not slipping.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    With all of the extreme weather we're having, why not replace our light bulbs with smaller ones and walk to work.
    Additionally, stop eating cows, as that causes volcanic eruptions, as we were told yesterday, although the lava may just be upward seepage (trickle-up) from Hell, as also was posted here yesterday, and that would make a lot of sense, since politicians are working out and taking off their shirts.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzz

    ECONOMIC NUMBERS-Should "and possible" be deleted? Joey?

    June 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. TvNYC

    Everyone makes mistakes let's just hope we as people don't make the mistake that could trigger world cataclysm where everybody dies...(e.g. Global warming and it's true effects) remember we as humans don't know everything, most of it is theories. Hopefully our theories are right. The weather is clearly number one problem that faces our world today, everything else is a joke and could be fixed. Well the dollar is falling so that's not looking good. We all doomed! Keep cool this summer as this summer will be a hot one but it should end early! This coming winter will be a good example of the small ice age! Watch and learn. Today's stock picks are ummmm.... (ENER, GG)

    June 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. willie nelson

    "i wish i could defend him" what an idiot! i wish i could poop! can i get a what what

    June 8, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. CSnSC


    June 8, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dr. Uterizone

    I am an ant. I shall bite you butt.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mighty Ant

    Stop trolling me. I am the only ant on-line. Be off. You fake.

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

    You guys are obnoxious and a disgrace to this country! Get real ya lazy shenanigans !!!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mighty Ant

    TvNYC,I see you wear boxer shorts. Pull them down so I can bite your butt. You worthless human. I am Mighty Ant.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. TvNYC

    And why am I worthless, is it because I'm way more intelligent than you. Your a dweeb not an ant! These are real issues we are talking about the ant blog is below this one you herb!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Anthony's Case Posts

    Wait till the car evidence comes out…oh yeah…lol…..how do you explain the death band on a hair of Caylees inside HER car…no one else had possession of that car but Casey… she told her parents that it was being serviced in jacksonville…how could george have hid her without that car…casey borrowed a shovel… she said a squirrel died inside the engine… she called people and told people about the smell… i think it no accident it ran out of gas where it would be towed eventually… and then the car would be sold … or sent somewhere and then no one could check out the car… i think she did this because the smell was worse than she imagined and wanted to get rid of it… it ran out of gas yet she had plenty of money from stolen checks she bought beer and lingerie…she wasnt counting on the notice to be sent to her parents… because the car was in their name… if not for the notification the car would have been sold… that’s why she packed all Caylees items in the car… because the nanny had them and she couldn’t have them around… so off in the car they went… and she never told parents the car had been towed… because she wanted the car to be taken and lost so to speak…and each time she ran out of gas she let no one near the car…george had not a thing to do with this…Casey had Caylee in the car by her own means…and as far as secrets within the family every one has them… but if anything weird is going on its because casey had so many stories with so many people going all at once… its ludicrous to think there is anything hidden between the lines… casey is counting on someone partially corroborating pieces of any story she chooses because of so many lies pre meditated some thing will show severe dysfunction…if Casey wasnt so stupid she could actually be a genius…if anything jives withn her attorneys latest claim…its by sheer accident…throw it all at the wall like spaghetti… see what sticks… meanwhile she can look at herself being famous on tv….whew!…sick ticket…

    June 8, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Real issues we are talking about?
    The only real issue is: where are the easy, overpaid government jobs for the uneducated who vote?
    All of these journalistic excursions are to avoid that issue.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mighty Ant

    TvNYC you are worthless because you are from the human species. You destroy the planet,destroy the animal kingdom,and destroy each other.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That sentence is correct in theory, but it's awkward.
    I would recast it, but one could say, "republican strategists, and possible and declared," or, "republican strategists and possible or declared," with just a push of the mouse.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
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