As Leon Panetta faced confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill to become the next Defense Secretary, questions continue for the Obama Administration on how rapidly to withdrawal combat forces from Afghanistan. In related news, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates made some sharp remarks on Friday, criticizing NATO nations for a lack of commitment, both financial and political, to its activities in regions like Afghanistan. Also, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign was dealt a serious blow when several members of his senior team resigned en masse. Can he recover from this "Newtiny"? Plus, the Anthony Weiner scandal, and its effect on the Democratic agenda. Finally, we discuss whether Washington is talking too much about fixing the debt and not enough about creating new jobs for Americans.
Banner image: Retiring US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (2nd L) speaks with (L-R) NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; US Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan; and US Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander, US European Command and supreme allied commander, Europe, before the NATO and non-NATO International Security Assistance Force contributing nations meeting in Brussels, June 9, 2011. DOD photo: Cherie Cullen