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Obama: Tapping the ex-pats

As President Barack Obama considered adding as many as 40,000 U.S. forces to a backsliding war in Afghanistan in 2009, Vice President Joe Biden warned him that the military rationale for doing so was flawed, a new book about Obama's expansion of the conflict says,” per the AP. “The book, ‘Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan,’ also says that in planning the drawdown of troops two years later, the White House intentionally sidelined the CIA. Obama purposely did not read a grim CIA assessment of Afghanistan that found little measurable benefit from the 30,000 ‘surge’ forces Obama eventually approved, the book quotes a U.S. official as saying… A previously undisclosed Biden memo to Obama in November 2009 reflects his view that military commanders were asking Obama to take a leap by adding tens of thousands of forces whose role was poorly defined.”

Tapping the ex-pats: “The all-consuming hunt for donors has led President Barack Obama’s campaign to England. And France. And China,” Politico writes. “Obama is tapping the network of American citizens living outside the 50 states more than any other presidential campaign has before, with more than a dozen bundlers who have pledged to raise as much as $4.5 million. The president’s overseas power centers include London, where high-powered execs like Warner Bros. UK chief Josh Berger and Anthony Gardner of Palamon Capital Partners have promised to deliver as much as $500,000 each to the campaign, and Shanghai, where businessman and Technology for Obama co-chairman Robert Roche has committed to bringing in more than $500,000.”

“President Obama today makes his case against Mitt Romney in his GOP rival's backyard, as he heads to New Hampshire and Boston to start a two-day campaign swing,” Tribune’s Memoli notes, adding: “Obama is to focus on the dueling visions for the economy at stake in the November election against Romney during a campaign event in Durham, N.H., a state where the former governor of Massachusetts also has a home. According to a campaign spokesman, Obama ‘will offer Granite State voters the choice to break the stalemate between two economic visions on how to grow to the economy -- one that builds the economy from the middle class out, and the other from the top down.’ The speech will include more of a focus on the deficit, an issue of particular concern to voters in a state where fiscal conservatism is strong, and where the unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation.”