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Posted at 7:20 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

President Obama visits the Chamber of Commerce; Dick Cheney calls Mubarak a 'friend'; DOD buys Gulf Coast seafood; NASA's 360-degree view of the sun

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Cabinet and Staff News: President Obama's speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce could mark a thaw with business leaders. His Super Bowl menu included beers from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania while First Lady Michelle Obama focuses on restaurant nutrition. George W. Bush calls off a visit to Switzerland amid threats, potential legal action. Dick Cheney calls Hosni Mubarak a good friend and U.S. ally. In an op-ed, OMB Director Jack Lew warns of "tough cuts" ahead.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT:
U.S. military purchases Gulf of Mexico seafood, boosting an industry battered by oil spill: Ten products, including fish, shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, and packaged Cajun dishes such as jambalaya and shrimp etouffee are being promoted at 72 base commissaries along the East Coast.

Helping soldiers trade their swords for plows: It's a novel boot camp for veterans and active-duty military personnel who might be interested in new careers as farmers.

FAA:
FAA sets new rules to avoid pressurization problems: It's mandating enhanced safety equipment and emergency procedures to prevent dangerous pressurization problems on more than 700 older Boeing 737 airliners.

FCC:
FCC to propose expanding broadband service to underserved areas: It will propose the first steps toward converting the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone service into one for helping pay to provide broadband Internet service to underserved areas.

FDA:
FDA ramps up scrutiny on a new area: Cheese: It's been on the defensive increasingly over the past year, as federal regulators rachet up their scrutiny of a growing segment of the food business: artisanal cheesemakers.

IRS:
IRS not ready to process many returns until mid-February:
The delay applies to all 50 million or so taxpayers who itemize deductions.

NASA:
NASA releases first 360-degree view of entire sun: The ability to see the whole sun, front to back, will allow scientists to better understand complicated solar weather patterns and plan for future robotic or crewed spacecraft missions throughout the solar system, researchers said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 7, 2011; 7:20 AM ET
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