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Behind the scenes with David Axelrod

One of President Obama's closest advisers, David Axelrod, shows us around his Chicago office and engages Candy in a wide-ranging discussion about the paintings and photographs on his wall, his daughter and family, his start in politics, Roger Ailes and much more.


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June 19th, 2011
05:52 AM ET

State of the Union Early Bird for June 19, 2011

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar:  The weakening of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Rick Perry mulling a presidential run.

Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show today with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod at 9am/12pm ET.

SECRETARY ROBERT GATES

Looking Back, Gates Says He’s Grown Wary of “Wars of Choice”

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, as he prepared to depart the government for the second time, said in an interview on Friday that the human costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had made him far more wary about unleashing the might of the American armed forces.

For Robert Gates, caring for troops was job No. 1
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