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Gen. John Allen (right), commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday and tendered his resignation from the military. Allen was nominated to lead NATO troops in Europe, but his connection to a scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus (left) doomed his chances of confirmation. Allen reportedly sent flirtatious emails to a Florida socialite who knew the woman that engaged in an extramarital affair with Petraeus, the former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The White House released a statement after Obama met with Allen.

General Allen presided over the significant growth in the size and capability of Afghan National Security Forces, the further degradation of al Qaeda and their extremist allies, and the ongoing transition to Afghan security responsibility across the country. He worked tirelessly to strengthen our coalition through his leadership of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and to improve our relations with the Afghan government. 

Obama also paid tribute to Allen’s position in modern American military history.

John Allen is one of America’s finest military leaders, a true patriot, and a man I have come to respect greatly. I wish him and his family the very best as they begin this new chapter, and we will carry forward the extraordinary work that General Allen led in Afghanistan.

Gen. John Allen (right), commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday and tendered his resignation from the military. Allen was nominated to lead NATO troops in Europe, but his connection to a scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus (left) doomed his chances of confirmation. Allen reportedly sent flirtatious emails to a Florida socialite who knew the woman that engaged in an extramarital affair with Petraeus, the former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The White House released a statement after Obama met with Allen.

General Allen presided over the significant growth in the size and capability of Afghan National Security Forces, the further degradation of al Qaeda and their extremist allies, and the ongoing transition to Afghan security responsibility across the country. He worked tirelessly to strengthen our coalition through his leadership of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and to improve our relations with the Afghan government. 

Obama also paid tribute to Allen’s position in modern American military history.

John Allen is one of America’s finest military leaders, a true patriot, and a man I have come to respect greatly. I wish him and his family the very best as they begin this new chapter, and we will carry forward the extraordinary work that General Allen led in Afghanistan.

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Feb. 21 midday update

On the Hill

Our reporters kept plenty busy this morning covering everything from global health to a Google-sponsored teacher training initiative. Here’s a rundown of what they reported this morning, with more of each story coming later this afternoon:

  • The Department of Education will join forces with Google and other private sponsors for a new teacher training initiative to focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Jamie Arkin reports. First update: here
  • Abortion rights activists joined on Capitol Hill this morning to protest a GOP-backed bill that would ban abortions for D.C. women after their 20th week of pregnancy, Ariel Rothfield and Rebecca Nelson report. First update: here
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak at the first-ever State Department Global Business Conference this afternoon, promoting U.S. industry overseas, report Ben Kamisar and Shirley Li. First update: here.
  • How will Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget affect global health? The Kaiser Family Foundation is hosting a roundtable discussing just that, reports Rachel Morello. First update: here

Daily five

Five more news pegs from this morning:

  1. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 13,000 for the first time since May 2008 as stocks continue to rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. 
  2. Although European leaders signed off on a $172 billion bailout package for Greece, doubts as to whether the country will go under persist, reports the New York Times.
  3. The Supreme Court will hear a case on affirmative action for the first time in nearly a decade, reports POLITICO.
  4. The NATO commander in Afghanistan apologized after allied forces allegedly burnt Korans at a U.S. base outside of Kabul, the BBC reports
  5. Syrian residents in the besieged city of Homs are facing critical shortages of food, CNN reports

More to come this afternoon as our reporters update their stories. Also on Medill on the Hill later today: what NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is doing at the National Press Club. 

By David Uberti