The Austin American-Statesman previews today’s speech on higher education that Obama will deliver at the University of Texas. “President Barack Obama's speech at the University of Texas this afternoon will emphasize that increasing the number of young people with college degrees is crucial to achieving overall economic prosperity, according to some of his top advisers. ‘President Obama's top priority has been to turn around our economy,’ Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday in a conference call with reporters. ‘He knows we have to educate our way to a better economy. He understands that the country that out-educates us today will out-compete us tomorrow.’”
Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News looks at Obama’s fundraising stops in the Lone Star State. In Austin, “Obama will head to the Four Seasons, to headline a Democratic National Committee luncheon expected to raise $750,000 to $1 million. Tickets start at $5,000 per couple… After an event focused on higher education at the University of Texas at Austin, Obama will fly to Dallas for a dinner at the Highland Park home of plaintiffs' lawyer Russell Budd. That's just a few miles from the Preston Hollow home of his predecessor, whom Obama routinely invokes to warn voters away from Republicans in November.”
“Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday to discuss border security issues, the governor's office and the White House confirmed Friday,” the Dallas Morning News adds.
Also today, the president meets with Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints at the White House. “The Saints will hold a football clinic with Washington-area children before the event with Obama. After their White House meeting, the Saints players will visit wounded troops and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.”
“Iraq’s military is ready and able to take over security operations as the United States ends its combat role and prepares for a major troop withdrawal, the commander of US forces in Iraq said yesterday.”
“The United States has had three female secretaries of state -- but until now has never had a woman lead one of its 16 major intelligence agencies,” the AP writes. “Letitia A. Long is being elevated Monday to director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in a ceremony at the agency's half-built, high-tech campus in Springfield, Va.” The agency is considered “one of the ‘top computer geek shops’ in the national security world. The NGA synthesizes satellite imagery, using everything from the number of electric lines a city has to the density of the soil, to create three-dimensional, interactive maps of every spot on the planet. They're used by everyone from invading troops gauging whether a country's roads or deserts can handle tank tracks, to oil spill cleanup crews trying to decide where to deploy resources.”
The Hill looks at efforts in other states on immigration similar to that of Virginia’s. “Just days after the Obama administration filed suit to block the Arizona law, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox filed a brief in federal court supporting the law on behalf of Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia,” The Hill writes.
Hoop Dreams: The Washington Post writes up Obama day playing hoops with current and former NBA all-stars. “Obama … played Sunday with a stunning list of all-stars, including Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Derek Fisher, LeBron James, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Maya Moore, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Bill Russell, Etan Thomas, Dwyane Wade and David West… The presidential pickup game, in front of an audience of wounded veterans and participants in a White House mentoring program, was closed to the media.”