Obama To Extend Offshore Drilling Moratorium
President Obama is set to announce today that he will extend the moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits for six months, while a presidential commission investigates the issue. The Associated Press reports: "Controversial lease sales off the coast of Alaska will be delayed pending the results of the commission's investigation, and lease sales planned in the Western Gulf and off the coast of Virginia will be canceled, the [White House] aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a midday Obama news conference."
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Obama's Day Ahead
President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9 a.m. ET. At 10:35 a.m. ET, Obama will welcome the NCAA Men's Basketball Champion Duke Blue Devils to the White House. At 11 a.m. ET, Obama, Biden and former President Bill Clinton will take a photo with the U.S. World Cup Soccer Team. Obama will have lunch with Bill Clinton at 11:25 a.m. ET. At 12:45 p.m. ET, Obama will deliver remarks and take questions from the press. At 2:05 p.m. ET, Obama will receive a briefing on the 2010 hurricane season forecast and the federal government's preparedness. He will hold bilateral meeting at 3:10 p.m. ET with President Sirleaf of Liberia. At 4:10 p.m. ET, the President, Vice President and First Lady will host a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. The First Family will depart the White House at 6:15 p.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 7 p.m. ET, arriving at 8:15 p.m. ET in Chicago.