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What we're reading: Friday, January 11, 2013

The U.S.

The U.S. war in Afghanistan takes center stage here at home as President Hamid Karzai heads to The White House for bilateral talks and a joint press conference with President Obama. In Friday's Washington Post, Ronald Neumann, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan for the previous administration, discusses the need for clarity in our strategy and policy, specifically on the subject of troop levels, in Afghanistan after 2014. We'll cover the press conference live on Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Vice President Joe Biden completes a week of meetings with his gun control task force Friday afternoon by sitting down with representatives of the video game industry. The vice president will then huddle with his task force, pooling recommendations from various groups and presenting his findings to President Obama on Tuesday.

The Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer looks at the role he believes Obama will play in Defense Department restructuring if former Sen. Chuck Hagel is confirmed by the Senate to lead the Pentagon, focusing on military spending, Israel, and Iran.