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Holder shows no interest in justifying ‘preventive detention’

The five-page letter (PDF) that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued this week defending the decision to treat the Christmas Day bomber suspect as a criminal suspect, rather than as a wartime captive, offered new insight into the Obama administration’s view of the limits of preventive detention. The letter suggests…

House Rep floats bill to ban private security contractors

An Illinois House Democrat is planning to introduce a bill that would ban private security contractors, including Blackwater, from US military and intelligence operations. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has circulated a letter among her colleagues asking them to co-sponsor the Stop Outsourcing Security (SOS) Act, which would “responsibly phase out…

Olbermann: ‘Seedy’ GOP politicians show terrorists how to sow havoc

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) was widely condemned by liberals last week after he sent out a fundraising letter which used the failed Christmas Day airplane bombing to promote his campaign for governor of Michigan. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has come in for his share of criticism as well since…

Hoekstra dodges questions about fundraising on terror

On national television, an embattled Congressman kept cool, deflecting heated questions with tried-and-true GOP talking points and a shield of easygoing calm. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has been widely criticized for sending a fundraising letter that cited a failed Christmas day airline bombing, politicizing the attack less than 72 hours after…

Gay advocates mock Rick Warren’s ‘urgent’ donation pleas

WASHINGTON — Evangelical pastor Rick Warren’s “urgent” plea for donations to sustain his megachurch has been met with amusement and mockery from gay rights advocates. Warren posted a letter online Wednesday saying his Saddleback Church is “$900,000 in the red for the year” and pleaded with congregants to help fill…

Pressure on Pentagon as House pushes for ‘Don’t ask’ repeal

Nearly 100 members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting detailed data on people discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. It is an opening salvo by progressive House members in what is shaping up to be a new political…

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