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Obama agenda: Last night's Beer Summit

The Boston Globe on the Beer Summit: "They did not link arms, and there were no public apologies. But a subdued meeting over beers on the White House patio last evening appeared to achieve President Obama's goal of encouraging a deeper dialogue on race between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley." 
Sgt. Crowley from the AFL-CIO headquarters: "Two gentlemen agreed to disagree. This was a positive step in moving forward."

Video: President Obama and Vice President Biden sit down with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, for a beer at the White House. NBC's Chuck Todd reports.

Prof. Gates (in a statement on TheRoot.com): "I would like to applaud President Obama for bringing Sergeant Crowley, me and our families together…  Sergeant Crowley and I, through an accident of time and place, have been cast together, inextricably, as characters – as metaphors, really – in a thousand narratives about race over which he and I have absolutely no control… It is incumbent upon Sergeant Crowley and me to utilize the great opportunity that fate has given us to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial profiling on the other hand. .. At this point, I am hopeful that we can all move on...."

More: "Scholars said the meeting was apparently an unprecedented intervention in a local dispute by a sitting US president, part of the White House damage control" after the "stupidly" comment. 
The New York Post's cover has the three men clinking mugs and a headline: "Brew-haha." 
The New York Daily News uses the same photo and the headline, "Touch of Glass." (You can also clearly see Prof. Gates' cane.)

More troops for Afghanistan? "As Gen. Stanley McChrystal readies his assessment of the war, due next month, numerous U.S. officials and outsiders apprised of his thinking suggest McChrystal will request more American troops, probably including Marines, to be added next year."

Another Obama-can… Obama "will nominate former Republican Rep. Anne Northup of Kentucky to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the White House announced Thursday night. Northup represented Kentucky's 3rd district from 1997 until 2006, when Democrat John Yarmuth unseated her. Yarmuth held off a challenge from Northup in 2008. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been a strong supporter of Northup throughout her career. The appointment marks another step by Obama to bring Republicans into his administration."

*** CLARIFICATION *** A spokesman to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell notes that Northup isn't necessarily joining the administration. "Like a lot of commissions, there are Republican seats and Democrat seats. Northup was recommended to the President by Sen. McConnell to serve in one of the Republican seats. They didn't make that clear in the White House release."


: The government's so-called "cash for clunkers" program has increased auto sales so much that dealers asked Congress Thursday to expand the program. NBC's Chris Jansing reports.

Cash for Clunkers is running out of money already after the program spurred big car sales over the past week.
It's President Obama's birthday on Tuesday. He turns 48. Sen. John Kerry was asked what he'd give Obama for his birthday if he could: "A good healthcare bill passed out of the Finance Committee before recess so the president has momentum on the biggest issue of his first year in office." Yeah. Good luck with that.