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In Washington, the Obama Administration is hosting two weak leaders from strategic countries threatened by militant fundamentalists. Can the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan make common cause against the Taliban? Also, stocks rise on latest Labor Department report, and one of the lawyers who wrote so-called "torture memos" is now a federal judge. We look at what might happen in the wake of a Justice Department investigation.

The Inheritance

David Sanger

Making News Labor Report Suggests Smaller-than-Expected Job Losses 7 MIN, 38 SEC

The Labor Department's latest report on employment is not due until Friday, but stocks rose today on news that the job decline during April was not as bad as expected.  John Authers is Investment Editor at the Financial Times, where he writes the "Short View" column.

John Authers, Investment Editor, Financial Times (@johnauthers)

Main Topic Afghanistan, Pakistan and American Security 36 MIN, 7 SEC

Two years ago, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai refused to shake hands with General Pervez Musharaff. At the White House today, two beleaguered presidents signed a trade agreement while looking over their shoulders at troubles back home. In Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari's peace deal with the Taliban has unraveled and 500,000 people are on the run. In Afghanistan, Karzai faces an upcoming election as civilian casualties mount from efforts to hold back Taliban forces there. Does either leader still have the confidence of his own people — or the Obama administration? What about Pakistan's nuclear weapons?

Saeed Shah, Wall Street Journal (@SaeedShah)
David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for the New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Starbucks (@rajivscribe)
John Mueller, Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University
Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University

Reporter's Notebook When Does a Lawyer's Mistake Become Judicial Misconduct? 7 MIN, 3 SEC

The Bush Justice Department began an investigation of lawyers who signed so-called "torture memos" authorizing waterboarding and other brutal methods of interrogation.  The completed inquiry is scheduled to be made public, but some findings and recommendations are already being reported. Among those are that John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury should not be prosecuted, but might be subject to disciplinary action which could result in disbarment. Michael Gerhardt is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Gerhardt, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Power of Precedent

Michael Gerhardt

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