President Barack Obama will deliver his second major speech from the Oval Office next week when he addresses the nation on Iraq, the White House announced Wednesday.
Obama will go before the nation at 8 p.m. Tuesday to lay out the path ahead in Iraq. His speech comes on a day that marks a campaign promise kept by the president: that he would cease all combat operations in Iraq by the end of August. Before delivering his address, the president will travel to Fort Bliss in Texas to meet with troops.
By the end of the month, the administration will have brought home more than 90,000 troops and closed or turned over hundreds of military bases to the Iraqi government. Starting in September, the administration will shift its mission from combat to training Iraqi security forces. About 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq until late 2011 as part of that effort.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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