Is Mukasey the Right Man for the Job?
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After a smooth day yesterday, former Judge Michael Mukasey got into
trouble today on the issue of waterboarding. Is it torture? Is it
Constitutional? Will it get in the way of Mukasey's confirmation as
Attorney General? Also, the House fails to override the President's
veto of SCHIP, and former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has returned from exile. We hear about today's massive welcome and her prospects for future leadership.
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House Can't Override Bush's Veto of Child Health Program ()
As expected, the House fell thirteen votes short of overriding the President's veto of the $35 billion expansion of SCHIP. Alex Wayne, who reports on healthcare for Congressional Quarterly, has details.
Judge Michael Mukasey and the Department of Justice ()
Yesterday, former Federal Judge Michael Mukasey promised to resist White House political meddling, to restore the integrity of the Justice Department and to balance the requirements of national security with Constitutional liberties. His chances of being confirmed to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General were looking good. But today, some Democrats said they were "very disappointed" by his failure to clearly answer the question, "is waterboarding torture?" Approval of harsh means of interrogation got Gonzales in trouble with civil libertarians of both political parties. Others insist Mukasey should be required to appoint a special prosecutor to clean up the political taint left by Gonzales. We hear different opinions about Mukasey's record, the legal challenges he faces and morale at the Department of Justice.
- Dan Eggen: Justice Department Reporter for the Washington Post
- Benjamin Wittes: Reserach Director, Brookings Institution
- Michael Ratner: President, Center for Constitutional Rights
- Elizabeth Holtzman: former four-term Congresswoman (D-NY)
- Charles 'Cully' Stimson: Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation, @cullystimson
Benazir Bhutto Arrives Home in Karachi after Eight Years ()
Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of Karachi today as Benazir Bhutto flew home after eight years in exile. As Pakistan's Prime Minister, she was accused of corruption, and she left the country soon after General Pervez Musharraf seized power in a military coup. Bhutto's reception shows that she still has a base of popular support. But assassination threats and the presence of 20,000 troops surrounding her motorcade are clear indications that she has her enemies, too. Freelance reporter Graham Usher considers what her return could mean for domestic politics and relations with the US.
- Graham Usher: Freelance journalist
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