On the Radar: Pentagon Papers, first lady in Hollywood, Burress announcement
Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971, speaks during an anti-war protest December 16, 2010 in front of the White House.
June 13th, 2011
05:58 AM ET

On the Radar: Pentagon Papers, first lady in Hollywood, Burress announcement

Three things you need to know today.

Pentagon papers: On Monday, the federal government will release in full the Pentagon Papers, the secret government study of the Vietnam War.

While redacted and edited versions of the papers have been published before, most notably in The New York Times and other newspapers, this will be the first time the documents see the light of day in their complete form.

In 1971,  Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon official, leaked the papers, officially titled "United States-Viet Nam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense," revealing that the government had lied to Congress and the American public about the progress of the war.

First lady in Hollywood: First lady Michelle Obama is in Hollywood on Monday to discuss with members of the entertainment industry ways to tell the stories of the nation's military families.

The event is part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative, a campaign launched this year by Michelle Obama and the vice president's wife, Jill Biden.

"Monday’s discussion will shed light on the unique challenges military families face and showcase the families’ strength, resilience and service to our nation. Participants will also discuss ways in which entertainment content can better reflect this American reality," read an announcement from the Writers Guild of America, West.

The panel discussion will be moderated by writer-director J.J. Abrams, whose latest movie "Super 8" led the weekend's box office take.

Other guilds participating include the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild.

Burress announcement: Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress, released a week ago from a New York prison after serving 20 months on a weapons charge, will hold a news conference Monday to make an "important announcement," the National Urban League said.

Billed as his first public appearance since his release, the event at the offices of the National Urban League will include Burress, Urban League President Marc Morial, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The former New York Giants player was sentenced to prison after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol he was carrying in his waistband. The incident occurred in November 2008, in the VIP area of the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan.

Burress was not licensed to carry a pistol in either New York or New Jersey, where he lived.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Maddy

    Oooooh, the theorists are out to play again! Ooga booga, the gov't is the boogie man! Sthu.

    June 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      The Pentagon Papers, Iraq and Wikileaks prove beyond any doubt that govts can be the boogie man albeit real.
      "All conspiracys are not theories" is a quote worth remembering.Wake up.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    Okay my brain is fried, and how is this relevant to military families that Mimee-O is meeting Hollywood???

    June 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
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