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Will A Meeting Of The Minds Avert The Fiscal Cliff? (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: WHITE HOUSE SAYS, NO NEW PLAN: ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sunlen Miller, John Parkinson and Sarah Parnass report that the White House said Thursday it has no plans to offer new proposals to avoid the fiscal cliff...
Russia Bans Former Top Bush Admin Officials and Gitmo Commanders
MOSCOW – Russia slapped sanctions on a pair of former top Bush administration officials, two former commanders of the Guantanamo detention center, and 14 other Americans in retaliation for a set of human rights sanctions the Obama administration imposed on a number of Russian citizens...
DOJ: No Charges in CIA Detainee Death Investigations
The U.S. government said Thusday that it had closed its investigation into the alleged torture of more than 100 detainees held by the CIA in overseas prisons, and the deaths of two men who died while in CIA custody, without prosecuting anyone. The Justice Department's announcement Thursday that it
Bin Laden raid renews debate on interrogations
When Barack Obama became president, he announced an end to the enhanced interrogations of al-Qaeda leaders at secret detention facilities that his predecessor, George W. Bush, said were essential to breaking up terror networks in the long-term. Obama instead ramped up the targeted killing of
New 2012 GOP Campaign Theme Emerges: ‘Get Off The Sideline’ (The Note)
On the eve of the first Republican presidential primary debate -- an event that most of the top-tier field of potential candidates will skip -- former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is imploring his fellow Republicans to “get off the sideline” and get serious about taking on President Obama.
Osama Bin Laden Death Reignites Battle Over Waterboarding, 'Enhanced Interrogation'
The death of Osama bin Laden has reignited debate about interrogation techniques and whether the framework set up during the Bush administration to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists contributed to the eventual capture of the al Qaeda leader. In the hours after bin Laden's death Sunday,
Obama to Nominate Virginia Seitz to Office of Legal Counsel
President Obama plans to nominate Virginia Seitz to the Office of Legal Counsel. The Obama administration's first nominee, Dawn Johnsen, failed to win Senate approval and was forced to withdraw her name from consideration.
Clem's Chronicles: Tiger Woods/Housing Crisis/Austin, TX follow-up
TGIF folks-have a great weekend. Today's news recap follows..... TIGER WOODS/”I AM DEEPLY SORRY”-Well what did YOU think? Going into it, many folks were put off by the conditions. John Berman said“This was such a carefully orchestrated event, stage managed...
Torture Investigation: Bush-DOJ Attorneys 'Exercised Poor Judgment'
A series of Department of Justice investigative reports into the authorization of enhanced interrogation and waterboarding released on Friday found that Bush-era DOJ attorneys "exercised poor judgment" in formulating their legal guidance on the CIA's interrogation program . The investigation