With Barbour Out, New Questions For 2012 Republican Field
The Washington Post reports: "Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's surprise decision on Monday not to run for president set off a scramble inside the Republican Party for pieces of his financial and political network. It also raised questions about the challenges the party may face in trying to unseat President Obama. So far, the GOP race has been notable for its slow start and the absence of a front-runner. It has been marked by unhappiness among potential voters. The most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that barely four in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they are satisfied with the current field of candidates -- about 20 percentage points lower than at this time four years ago."
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Obama's Day Ahead
President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and receive the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET. Then at 11:25 a.m. ET, he will be interviewed by WSB Atlanta, WKYC Cleveland, WTKR Hampton Roads, Virginia, and WXYZ Detroit. He will hold a bilateral meeting at 1:40 p.m. ET with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, with an expanded bilateral meeting at 2:30 p.m. ET. Obama will meet at 4:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.