May 6th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

President's Secret Trip

Jonah Goldberg, Dana Milbank, Chrystia Freeland and Howard Kurtz discuss NBC's Rock Center in the White House Situation Room and the President's secret trip to Afghanistan.

Filed under: Barack Obama • NBC • Politics • Reliable Sources • Terrorism
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