Obama considers his first national monument


President Barack Obama is giving serious consideration to creating his first national monument next month at a historic 19th-century Army fort on Virginia's coast.

"It has very high potential," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said Friday, regarding the possibility of Fort Monroe getting the designation under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, the state's bipartisan congressional delegation and local officials are pushing hard for Obama to use his executive authority on the site, which is steeped in Civil War and African-American histo