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Obama agenda: Live from the Oval office

The New York Times sets the table for tonight's address. "By choosing to speak to the nation on Tuesday night for the first time from the Oval Office, where his predecessors have spoken of wars and disasters, President Obama is conveying the gravity of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet his theme should feel familiar to the millions of Americans who tune in. Aides say Mr. Obama will describe the eight-week-old oil spill as a slow-motion crisis, resistant to the best efforts and billions of dollars from government and industry. Ultimately, he will say, the nation will recover, just not soon. Sound like the economy?"

More: "It is Mr. Obama’s goal, advisers say, to acknowledge the uncertainties and what one called 'the new reality,' allay people’s fears and give reason to hope."

The AP’s preview calls Obama’s speech "a solemn, high-stakes address."

The New York Daily News' cover: "Spill wind for Bam: His desperate try to turn debacle (& image) around."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to deliver these remarks from the Senate floor: “If early reports are accurate, the president will use his remarks not as an occasion to unite the nation in a common effort to solve this crisis, but to make his case for a national energy tax commonly known as Cap and Trade. But Americans are saying two things at the moment: stop this spill and clean it up. So with all due respect to the White House: the wetlands of the Bayou, the beaches of the coast, and our waters in the Gulf are far more important than the status of the Democrats’ legislative agenda in Washington. Americans want us to stop the oil spill first. And until this leak is plugged, they’re not in any mood to hand over even more power to a government that, so far, hasn’t lived up to their expectations in response to the spill.”


News of the weird: "Armed with a sword and pistol, authorities in Pakistan say a California man aimed to do what governments have failed -- to kill Osama bin Laden," the AP writes. "Gary Brooks Faulkner, a 52-year-old construction worker, was detained by Pakistani authorities while attempting to complete his quest to assassinate the Al Qaeda leader, a police officer said on Tuesday… In addition to the 40-inch sword and gun, he had night-vision equipment and several Christian religious books… When asked if he thought he actually had a chance of finding Bin Laden, he told authorities, "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him.”