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Obama agenda: Business and politics

"The president's politicking on Friday begins in Cambridge, Mass., with a quick 'official' event at MIT to challenge the nation to lead the global economy in clean energy," the AP's Elliott writes. "That appearance significantly brings down the cost of flying the president to fundraisers designed to raise money for two politically anemic Democrats, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut." Obama's expected to bring in $1 million for Dodd.

The White House responded to Dick Cheney's charges of "dithering" on Afghanistan. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs called Cheney's shot "curious" since "the vice president was for seven years not focused on Afghanistan. "Even more curious," Gibbs went on, "given the fact that an increase in troops [for Afghanistan] sat on desks in this White House, including the vice president's, for more than eight months."