Monday in politics: Obama in Burma and Cambodia, and more

Phil Pruitt
The Ticket

It's quiet in Washington in terms of scheduled events.

President Barack Obama starts Monday in Burma and then heads to Cambodia. It marks the first time a U.S. president has visited either country.

Next thing on Obama's agenda: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations-U.S. Leaders Meeting in Phnom Penh. He'll also attend the East Asia Summit Dinner on Monday evening.

Obama's mission on the trip, which also includes Thailand: To show he is serious about shifting the U.S. strategic focus eastward as America winds down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The "Asia pivot" is also meant to counter China's rising influence.

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Meanwhile, who knew what and when regarding the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack continues to get a lot of attention, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, made it clear Sunday they plan to get to the bottom of it.

Also high on the Washington watch list: Israel's six-day-old offensive in Gaza, which is aimed at quelling Hamas rocket fire on Israel.

And then there is this: Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden will host their annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner for Wounded Warriors and their families.

Sources: Yahoo! News, Reuters, Associated Press