President Barack Obama to announce plan to send more troops to Afghanistan to help stabilize the country after Democrats for years criticized his predecessor, George W. Bush, of ignoring that war because of Iraq.

But the plan won’t overshadow White House focus on U.S. economic issues always lurking in the wings.USA/

Obama to meet with bankers and talk about regulation. Sort of like a doctor meeting with a patient and talking about medicine that is not going to be very pleasant.

Red River rising forced parts of Fargo, North Dakota, to be evacuated.

Even with the dire economic times, Spring still manages to bloom. Washington’s annual homage to new beginnings, the Cherry Blossom Festival, starts this weekend. 

Happy Friday.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas (cherry blossoms near Washington monument last year)