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Obama to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will commemorate the 60 year anniversary of the Korean War armistice Saturday, marking the end of hostilities on the peninsula.

Communist North Korea invaded South Korea with 135,000 troops on June 25, 1950, and three years later with more than 2.5 million dead, including more than more than 36,000 Americans who died in combat, the war ended.

Joined by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Obama will lay a wreath at the memorial in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, Obama issued a declaration making today National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, noting that the conflict “defined a generation and decided the fate of a nation.”

“We remember ordinary men and women who showed extraordinary courage through 3 long years of war, fighting far from home to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met,” Obama said in his proclamation. “This anniversary marks the end of a war. But it also commemorates the beginning of a long and prosperous peace.”

It is often referred to as the “Forgotten War,” because fighting half a world away garnered little domestic attention at the time. But the remnants of the conflict are still felt today. North Korea and South Korea remain divided, and there is still no peace treaty between the two countries.

According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs there are still 2 million living veterans of that war.

“No monument will ever be worthy of their service, and no memorial will fully heal the ache of their sacrifice,” Obama said in the proclamation. “But as a grateful nation, we must honor them — not just with words, but with deeds.”

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Obama, South Korean President to Tour GM Plant in Detroit

The White House/Pete Souza (DETROIT) -- President Obama will spend part of Friday with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Michigan, at a General Motors facility outside Detroit, where Obama will tout his multimillion dollar, taypayer-funded bailout of the auto industry and highlight trade between the two countries.

The Orion Township assembly plant makes the Chevrolet Sonic, the only subcompact car sold in the United States that is also built here.  The Sonic was originally engineered for GM Korea, but is now being assembled in Michigan.

During GM’s bankruptcy restructuring, the plant was scheduled to shut its doors. The subcompact joint venture with GM Korea saved the Orion plant and its 1,750 jobs, according to the White House.

The visit comes two days after Congress passed the long-delayed trade agreement with Korea, a deal that Lee praised Thursday as a “landmark” pact that, it's said, will create jobs in both countries.

The two leaders will tour the plant Friday and deliver remarks. Obama will return to the White House Friday afternoon.

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Sarah Palin to Speak in South Korea in October

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin has added another trip to her roster: She’ll head to South Korea in October to headline the World Knowledge Forum, which runs from Oct. 11 to 13.

The organizers of the annual conference of business leaders said Thursday that the former Alaska governor is expected to discuss U.S. leadership in the midst of global economic turmoil. Other speakers include former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Larry Summers, ex-director of President Obama’s National Economic Council.

Oct. 11 is the same day Republican presidential contenders are set to debate in New Hampshire; Palin has previously said that the end of September would be her "drop dead" timeline to jump into the 2012 race. Considering the 13 hour time difference and 14 hour flight between Manchester, N.H., and Seoul, South Korea, Palin could conceivably do both, but as Politico’s Ben Smith noted, “it’s not exactly the kind of scheduling that screams 'candidacy.'"

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Sarah Palin Defends Korea 'Slip-of-the-Tongue,' Blasts Media

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a Thanksgiving Day Facebook message addressed mockingly to 57 states -- a play on President Obama's slipup in May 2008 -- Sarah Palin blasted the media for blowing up her Korea "slip-of-the-tongue" and singling her out when it comes to gaffes.

Pointing to a list of gaffes made by Obama, Palin wrote: "If you can't remember hearing about them, that's because for the most part the media didn't consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe -- even news anchors.

"Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue," she continued. "Unfortunately, it seems they couldn't resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline."

The possible 2012 contender grabbed headlines when she said on Glenn Beck's radio show Wednesday that "We gotta stand with our North Korean allies."

Palin recently told ABC's Barbara Walters that she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012.

While Palin remains a popular figure among Tea Partiers and conservatives, she has yet to gain widespread support, polls show, and many Americans still view her as a polarizing figure.

A Quinnipiac poll of primary voters released this week shows Palin leading her possible Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee by a slim margin. But when pitted against the president, Obama leads Palin by 48-40 percent, while Romney leads Obama by one percentage point.

In an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted late October, two-thirds of Americans regarded Palin as unqualified to serve as president.

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Obama Wants to Refocus on Economy, But International Events Linger

Photo Courtesy - The White House/ Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama tries to shift the focus back to the economy and jobs after a blistering defeat in the mid-term elections, a spate of international events threaten to distract the country from his message.

It's not unusual for an administration to fall victim to unfolding events and crises.  But this is a time when anxiety among Americans is boiling over, as unemployment continues to hover at record levels, and the economy remains the foremost concern.  Unforeseen events in Korea, Afghanistan and elsewhere are hampering the White House's efforts to set its own agenda.

Concerns about war in Korea remain high after North Korea launched an artillery attack on a South Korean territory Tuesday.  North Korea also unveiled a more sophisticated nuclear plant last week, demonstrating to the world and the United States that it is not about to back down from its nuclear ambitions.

The U.S. also faced embarrassment in Afghanistan after reports emerged that Afghan and U.S. officials were engaged in talks with an imposter they assumed to be a key Taliban leader.

A new Department of Defense report this week painted a somber picture of the war in Afghanistan, and while there were gains in some areas, challenges continue to surpass the advances.  Additionally, officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan are warning of another WikiLeaks document dump that might reveal more unpleasant facts about U.S. policies in the region.

In the past, many international crises have given presidents a political lift.  John F. Kennedy's approval rating peaked in 1962 with the Cuban missile crisis, as did President Dwight Eisenhower's in Cold-War 1956.  But Obama hasn't had similar luck so far.

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