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Obama agenda: Watching an emboldened flank

National Journal: “Heading into this fall's fiscal fights and beyond, the White House will have to worry not just about recalcitrant Republicans, but also about dissent from members of the emboldened left flank of Obama's own party, who are tired of being taken for granted. The liberals already have a string of victories to show for their trouble. It's not about opposing the president, or wanting to embarrass him, they say. It's that sometimes, ‘we need to save him from himself,’ as one Capitol Hill Democrat put it.”

AP: “President Barack Obama is convening his advisory council on international trade as the U.S. pursues an aggressive goal to double its exports. Obama will meet with the President’s Export Council on the White House grounds Thursday. It’s the first meeting to include new members added to the council from the pharmaceutical, defense and hospitality industries. On Thursday, the White House announced Obama was tapping the CEOs of IBM, Marriott and Lockheed Martin for the council. Leaders from Pfizer, Merck and IBM are also joining the panel.”

Vice President Biden visited Navy Yard shooting victims last night.