- - Sunday, March 6, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

Daley tweaks Republican envoy

The White House is praising a departing U.S. ambassador for supporting the administration and working closely with President Obama.

Not much news there.

Except the diplomat - former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. - is a potential GOP opponent for Mr. Obama in 2012. And his ties to a Democratic president might not go over too well with Republican activists who play a large role in selecting the party’s nominee.

Mr. Huntsman is set to resign as ambassador to China in April.

Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, William Daley, tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Mr. Huntsman has done an excellent job as ambassador. Mr. Daley says Mr. Huntsman’s closeness in working with Mr. Obama is appreciated.

Mr. Daley got in a little jab by adding, in his words, “I’m sure he’ll talk about that in the primaries.”

HOUSE

Hearings planned on Muslim threat

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says affiliates of al Qaeda are radicalizing some American Muslims and that he plans to hold hearings on the threat they pose to the U.S.

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he sees an international movement with elements in the United States of Muslims becoming more radical and identifying with terrorists.

A Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the House, says that while it’s proper to investigate radicalization, he thinks it is wrong to single out a religious minority.

On Sunday, groups opposed to Mr. King’s hearings plan to rally in New York. President Obama’s deputy national security adviser will speak on the administration’s approach to countering domestic radicalization.

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