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McChrystal apologizes for controversial interview, and Orszag will reportedly step down in July. Plus: Obama to warn insurance executives against steep rate increases.

June 22, 2010

White House: Orszag To Step Down Next Month

• White House budget director Peter Orszag "will be leaving his post in July... according to two knowledgeable administration officials," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Congress: McConnell Looks To Broker Deal On District Court Nominees

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated on Monday "that an agreement might be reached on clearing a package of as many as 60" district court nominees, Roll Call (subscription) reports.

• "Republicans are undecided on whether to oust" Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, "from his top Energy and Commerce Committee slot, but some Republicans still want a vote of the critical Steering Committee, which determines committee assignments," Politico reports.

 

Politics: More Incumbents Sweating It Out Tonight

Hotline On Call previews tonight's primary votes, including challenges to incumbent Reps. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Bob Inglis, R-S.C.

• "Republican Nikki Haley, a conservative backed by the Tea Party movement, is the heavy favorite to win a runoff for her party's nomination in South Carolina's gubernatorial race," NPR reports.

• "Washington Republican Senate hopeful Dino Rossi says he is running to be a senator, and it does not matter to him that he wants to oust a leadership member," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Economy: Americans Skeptical of Recovery Act's Benefits, Poll Finds

• The Obama "administration has a long way to go if it wants to convince Americans the Recovery Act is helping people find jobs, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center."

Energy & Environment: Will Narrow Carbon Pricing Plan Break Logjam?

• "Limiting a carbon pricing plan to electric utilities is one option for breaking the logjam on climate change legislation," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports in an analysis of what's next for a potential bill.

• "President Obama continues to face a public increasingly unsatisfied with how he is dealing with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Almost two-thirds of Americans -- 64 percent -- say Obama is doing 'only a fair or poor' job responding to the disaster, according to a new Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, conducted with the Pew Research Center."

• "Overwhelmingly, Americans think the nation needs a fundamental overhaul of its energy policies, and most expect alternative forms to replace oil as a major source within 25 years. Yet a majority are unwilling to pay higher gasoline prices to help develop new fuel sources," according to a national New York Times/CBS News poll.

National Security: McChrystal Apologizes For Remarks In Magazine Profile

• "The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to Washington to explain his controversial comments about colleagues in a recent interview, Obama administration officials said" today, AP reports. "An article in this week's Rolling Stone magazine depicts" Gen. Stanley McChrystal "as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to persuade even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war."

• The U.S. "is indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars to warlords, corrupt public officials and the Taliban to ensure safe passage of its supply convoys" in Afghanistan, according to a congressional investigation released on Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Faisal Shahzad "admitted Monday that he tried to detonate a crudely made car bomb in New York's Times Square in May," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Health Care: Obama Will Warn Executives Against Steep Rate Increases

President Obama "plans to sternly warn industry executives at a White House meeting" today "against imposing hefty rate increases in anticipation of tightening regulation under the new law, administration officials said Monday," the New York Times reports.

• "Despite passage of the landmark healthcare overhaul this spring, the nation's existing health system is continuing to fray, raising the prospect that the country could experience a crisis before the law establishes a new safety net in 2014," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Technology: Search Engines Jockey For Position Behind Google

• "The race to build a successor to Web search is heating up as a number of young companies seek to fill gaps they see with Google Inc.," the Wall Street Journal reports.

• "A coalition of media companies, unions and nonprofits is urging the Federal Communications Commission to block the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal," The Hill reports.

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