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DHS nominee faces questions on CIA tactics

The Obama administration's pick for a top intelligence post at the Homeland Security Department is expected to face questions from senators about his ties to the CIA's harsh interrogations of terror suspects.

At issue is the extent of Philip Mudd's involvement in the CIA's interrogation program while he was a senior official at the agency during the Bush administration. Mudd was nominated to be under secretary of intelligence and analysis at Homeland Security. His confirmation hearing is expected next week.

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Just another day in the neighborhood

It's just another typical day in the neighborhood filled, as Walter Cronkite used to say, "with the events that alter and illuminate our times."

First there's the question whether the Obama-designed bailout of General Motors and Chrysler will work or whether ultimately the taxpayers will be stuck with an enormous bill trying to save the un-savable, leaving Ford to carry the torch for an industry that once was the envy of the world.

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Obama should reconsider closing Gitmo

President Obama has the perfect reason to abandon his foolish promise to close Guantanamo: The American people overwhelmingly reject his policy. Popular opinion aside, keeping Gitmo full of homicidal Muslim maniacs still makes sense.

Among 1,015 adults USA Today/Gallup surveyed between May 29-31, 65 percent oppose closing Guantanamo and moving some detainees to U.S. prisons. Only 32 percent favor this proposal. Asked if they want Gitmo shut and some detainees transferred to "a prison in your state," 74 percent of respondents disagree; just 23 percent approve.
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Does pro-life rhetoric incite murder?

The murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller has renewed the vociferous national debate between pro-lifers and pro-choicers with a new twist. Defenders of abortion rights now say that opponents -- notably Fox News' Bill O'Reilly -- contributed to Tiller's death with the decades-long use of incendiary language labeling the doctor "Tiller the Baby Killer."

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The lesson from Dr. Tiller’s murder

If you want to see the future of one aspect of life in the United States, if federal policy were placed in the hands of murderous antiabortion extremists, you might look at life for women in Tanzania.

Abortion is illegal there, as antiabortion extremists (I am not referring herewith to mainstream pro-lifers) pledge to fight until it is made illegal here. As a result, pregnant women who do not want or cannot carry pregnancies to term turn to amateurs who botch their abortions in large percentages. As reported by the New York Times this week:

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Cheney backpedals on earlier claims

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, under fire for bombastic, misleading and outright lies about claimed Bush Administration "successes" in the so-called "war on terror," is changing his story.

Now, after years of claiming Iraqi involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- one of the "justifications" used by the Bush White House to sell the invasion of Iraq -- Cheney now admits no such link existed.

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Americans split over toture, Guantanamo

Just over half of Americans say torture is at least sometimes justified to thwart terrorist attacks and are evenly divided over whether to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, according to a poll that underscores the challenges President Barack Obama faces in selling his terror-fighting policies.

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The problem: How to fight cyber-attacks

In the murky world of computer espionage, the U.S. faces hard choices on how to retaliate when government or privately owned networks come under cyber attack, senior military and intelligence officials said Tuesday.

As the administration grapples with how best to defend its computer networks, debate is raging over how far the U.S. can go in pursuit of cyber criminals, and even what constitutes a digital act of war.

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