President Barack Obama will ask Congress to allow FBI director Robert Mueller to remain in his job an extra two years, a rare exemption meant to lend stability in a time of change atop the national security team and renewed worldwide focus on terrorism. The news comes as a surprise for an administration that was seriously vetting candidates to replace Mueller, whose term is set to expire on Sept. 4 under a law that caps the service of FBI directors at 10 years. Mueller was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush and began just a week before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of 2001. He is well-regarded by both Republicans and Democrats.
POLICE OFFICERS THANKED: President Obama delivered a simple message to the nation's top police officers: "Thank you." Obama praised the winners of a national police association award for courage and heroism that ranged from carrying out dangerous drug stings to investigating last year's attempted bombing of New York's Times Square. The officers were invited to the Rose Garden as part of the National Association of Police Organizations' annual awards.
BODY SCANNERS TARGETED: House Republicans controlling the Transportation Security Administration's purse strings are moving to cut off new money for advanced airport scanners that sparked outrage over their revealing images of travelers' bodies. Draft legislation released by the Appropriations homeland security subcommittee denies the Obama administration's $76 million request for an additional 275 scanners. The measure would not affect the 500 machines at the nation's 450 airports - or the 500 recently funded.