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Obama agenda: Good news in Afghanistan?

The Washington Post front-pages: “Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources. The talks follow inconclusive meetings, hosted by Saudi Arabia, that ended more than a year ago. While emphasizing the preliminary nature of the current discussions, the sources said that for the first time they believe that Taliban representatives are fully authorized to speak for the Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban organization based in Pakistan, and its leader, Mohammad Omar.”

You don’t see this everyday… The presidential seal fell off the podium while President Obama was speaking. The president’s reaction: "That's all right, all of you know who I am," the president joked to laughter from the audience when he realized what had happened. "But I'm sure there's somebody back there that's really nervous right now, don't you think? They're sweating bullets," he said, laughing. "Where were we.”

In Minnesota, Vice President Biden joked: “If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them. To the press, that’s a figure of speech.”

President Obama is putting solar panels on the White House. Some have tried to draw comparisons to Jimmy Carter, since he first installed solar panels during his presidency. They were removed during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. But the panels have become more popular and more efficient in recent years and can save energy.

Here’s the shiny metal object of the day: “An Obama-Clinton ticket could be in the cards in 2012, Pulitzer Prize-winning political reporter Bob Woodward said Tuesday. And in a surprise twist, Vice President Biden would take over Secretary of State Clinton's post, keeping the Obama administration's talent intact.”

But White House senior adviser David Axelrod called any reports about Clinton replacing Biden on the ticket for 2012 "absolute fiction." He was very emphatic about the denial.