“The House on Tuesday approved spending an additional $37 billion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, overcoming the opposition of some Democrats who have concluded that the Afghan conflict is unwinnable,” the Washington Post says. “The funding bill, which passed 308 to 114, had stalled for two months as a growing number of Democratic lawmakers objected to the continuation of the war in Afghanistan and insisted that spending on the conflicts be accompanied by funding for domestic initiatives, to help Americans suffering from the recession. The domestic funding was stripped from the final bill.”
“The legislation was passed by the Senate last week in a voice vote, and it now goes to President Obama for his signature.”
The Boston Globe says while the 308-114 vote is "an indication there is still support for President Obama's war strategy," there are "divisions developing even among top Democrats."
The New York Times reminds us of the context of yesterday’s vote: the Wikileaks leak. The vote “came after the leak of an archive of classified battlefield reports from Afghanistan that fueled new debate over the course of the war and whether President Obama’s counterinsurgency strategy could work. But Mr. Obama and top military officials said Tuesday that the disclosure of the documents should not force a rethinking of America’s commitment to the war. As Mr. Obama told reporters in the Rose Garden, ‘While I’m concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations, the fact is these documents don’t reveal any issues that haven’t already informed our public debate on Afghanistan.’”
Welcome to Jersey... President Obama is making a pit stop at the Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, N.J., Wednesday to talk about the economy -- and maybe nosh on a few sandwiches," the New York Daily News writes. The owner "said if Obama asks, he'll recommend the $8.30 Super Sub with five kinds of meat, including pressed ham, cappacola and proscuttini."
Conservatives can't help but criticize President Obama's appearance on The View.
Did you know Joe Arpaio's county has deported a quarter of all the illegal immigrants deported since 2007? AP reports: "Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was responsible for deportations or forced departure of 26,146 immigrants since 2007. That's about a quarter of the national total of 115,841 sent out of the U.S. by officers in 64 law enforcement agencies deputized to help enforce immigration laws, some since 2006, under the so-called 287(g) program."