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Fox News is finally getting the Obama interview it's been waiting for.

Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett tweeted earlier today that he'll be interviewing President Obama Wednesday.

I will interview POTUS on camera Wed am here in Beijing. 4 other networks will too. 10 mins per. Many had asked. Can say now.


It'll be interesting to see if the ongoing war between the White House and Garrett's employer will come up...

Obama And Hu Vow Cooperation, But Produce Few Deals At their press appearance today, President Obama and Chinese President Hut Jintao promised greater cooperation between the two countries on issues such as climate change and nuclear disarmament. During their appearance, however, Hu pointedly called on Obama to reject protectionism -- the U.S. recently imposed tariffs on Chinese-made tires and steel pipes -- and Obama called on China to relax controls that keep their currency artificially weak on the world market.

Obama's Day In China President Obama participated in a welcome ceremony in Beijing at 9:45 a.m. local time (8:45 p.m. ET last night). He held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao at 10 a.m., and an expanded meeting at 10:45 a.m. They made joint press statements at 12:15 p.m. Obama toured the Forbidden City at 1:20 p.m. He met with U.S. Embassy employees and their families at 2:55 p.m. He held a bilateral meeting with Chairman Wu Bangguo at 5:55 p.m., and attended a state dinner at 6:30 p.m.

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Last night, a number of Senate progressives, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH), met with Majority Leader Harry Reid to make sure his eyes are still trained on the importance of a public option, and to game out a strategy for getting 60 votes to pass a health care bill with a public option on the floor.

According to sources, the meeting was meant to serve as a reminder to that progressives still feel very strongly about the importance of including a public option in the Senate's health care bill and that they've compromised enough.

Today, Reid expects to receive an analysis of his bill from CBO, which he'll circulate among members of his caucus. It should show that the cost of the bill is below $900 billion, and that it reduces the deficit in both the near and long term.

The AFL-CIO is heading to Congress this week to sell Democratic leaders on the union's new plan to "create or save" 2 million jobs over the next year. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will present the 5-point plan to a meeting of the Democratic caucus tonight before presenting it to the public at a speech in downtown Washington tomorrow morning.

TPMDC got an early look at the proposal this evening.

Essentially, the AFL-CIO plan calls for dramatically increasing the amount of government money spent on job creation efforts. Trumka will praise the stimulus package in his speech tomorrow, but will also criticize the government's economic recovery program for not spending enough on infrastructure repairs or encouraging loans to small businesses.

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New York Gov. David Paterson said today he doesn't agree with the Obama administration's decision to try five 9/11 suspects, including self-proclaimed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in New York City, partially because New Yorkers are "having trouble getting over" the attacks.

"This is not a decision that I would have made," Paterson said according to the Daily News.

"Our country was attacked on its own soil on Sept. 11, 2001, and New York was very much the epicenter of that attack," he said.

"It's very painful. We're still having trouble getting over it. We still haven't been able to rebuild that site, and having those terrorists tried so close to the attack is going to be an encumbrance on all of New Yorkers," he said.

The governor did, however, promise to fully cooperate with the federal government.

In the thick of the Democratic presidential primary, a top operative offered up John Edwards' withdrawal from the race and endorsement - on the condition the person he endorsed would offer him a spot on the ticket.

David Plouffe details the deal that "a senior Edwards" adviser" tried to ink before the South Carolina primary, spilling the beans in his book "The Audacity To Win."

Plouffe, then campaign manager for Barack Obama, was worried after the New Hampshire loss and polls tightening in South Carolina.

He said that the rival Edwards camp was in trouble and wanted to make a move with either Obama or Hillary Clinton while Edwards was "at a point of maximum leverage."

In this portion of the book, Plouffe hedges a bit, saying he's not sure Edwards was aware of the effort's specificity.

But he also has direct quotes, suggesting he documented the conversation.

Read the excerpt after the jump.

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November 13: President Barack Obama embarks on a major trip to Asia, where he'll confront issues like Afghanistan, nuclear disarmament, climate change and the economy. Here, Obama is pictured arriving at Haneda Airport in Tokyo for a two-day visit.

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November 13: Obama meets with newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (center right)

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November 13: Obama and the prime minister hold a joint press conference. Obama uses the opportunity to commend the 50-year-old alliance between the United States and Japan, and to urge cooperation between the two nations.

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November 13: The diplomatic mission adjourns to the prime minister's official residence, where it appears a round of sake is on the house.

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November 14: At Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Obama gives a speech on US-Pacific policies and calls himself America's first "Pacific President."

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November 14: Obama leaves the stage at Suntory Hall.

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November 14: Obama bows to the Japanese Emperor and Empress before having lunch with them in the Imperial Residence. The bow ignited controversy among some right-wingers.

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November 15: A U.S.-Russia meeting in Singapore. Here, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shake hands.

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November 15: Obama and Medvedev meet. After the meeting, both sides agree on their frustration with Iran's lack of engagement with the nuclear issue.

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November 15: Obama's schedule is full of meetings -- this one the 17th meeting of the APEC Economic Leaders, at the Istana -- the Singaporean President's residence.

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November 15: Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Chinese President Hu Jintao after an official dinner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit in Singapore.

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November 15: Obama arrives in Shanghai to begin his first state visit to China.

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November 15: A girl presents a bouquet to Obama after he arrives at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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November 16: Obama meets with Yu Zhengsheng, secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, at the Xijiao State Guest House in Shanghai.

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November 16: Obama with Zhengsheng.

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November 16: Obama delivers a speech at an event with Chinese youth at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Obama answers questions about internet access, among other things.

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November 16: "I am a big believer in technology and I'm a big believer in openness when it comes to the flow of information. I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves. That generates new ideas. It encourages creativity," Obama said.

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November 16: Obama greets students after the event.

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November 16: Obama arrives in Beijing.

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November 16: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Obama upon his arrival in Beijing.

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In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin said that she wasn't expecting her now-infamous sit-down with CBS News anchor Katie Couric to be difficult -- and that she didn't do preparation for what she thought would be a "light-hearted" sit-down between two working moms.

"You do say that it wasn't your best interview," said Winfrey. "Were you prepped for that interview?"

"Not so much," Palin said, "because it was supposed to be kind of a light-hearted, fun, working mom speaking with working mom, and the challenges that we have with teenage daughters. So it was supposed to be more light-hearted."

In the actual interview, Couric asked Palin about her policies and John McCain's policies -- with the infamous moment, among others, when Palin said she would try to find examples of McCain favoring more regulation of Wall Street, and would bring those examples to Couric.

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