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When party crashers get into the White House and an airport-screening manual goes on-line, are Americans and their leaders not so safe after all? If the President is perceived to be weak on security, what's the political fallout? Also, Europe will assist poor countries hit by climate change, and American evangelical Rick Warren has denounced a death-penalty sentence for gays proposed in Uganda. Will that make a difference?

Banner image: In this White House handout, President Obama shakes hands with Michaele and Tareq Salahi (R) of Virginia at the receiving line in the Blue Room as he hosts the State Dinner at the White House November 24, 2009. Photo: Samantha Appleton/White House via Getty Images

Making News Europe to Assist Poor Countries Hit by Climate Change 7 MIN, 47 SEC

In Brussels today, the European Union pledged $3 billion for the so-called "fast-start fund" to help poor nations threatened by global warming. The hope was to improve chances for an agreement at the climate-change conference in Copenhagen. Darren Samuelsohn is there for Environment & Energy Daily.

Darren Samuelsohn, Politico (@dsamuelsohn)

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Patrick Smith

Main Topic Recent Security Breaches, Embarrassing or Something More? 35 MIN, 11 SEC

Highly publicized blunders have raised questions about security at the White House and at airport checkpoints nationwide. If the Tareq and Michaele Salahi could crash the State Dinner for the Prime Minister of India, were the Obamas and guests at risk?  When the Transportation Security Administration put an operations manual on-line, did would-be terrorists learn anything new? The President has ordered government agencies to be more transparent. Will that "openness" lead to future mistakes that erode public safety? If the Obama administration seems weak on national security, will that create a new political reality in an election year? 

Patrick Smith, AskThePilot.com (@AskThePilot)
Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation (@BrianMJenkins)
David Silverberg, Editor, Homeland Security Today
Ari Schwartz, Vice President and COO, Center for Democracy and Technology

Reporter's Notebook Uganda Debates Death Penalty for Gays 8 MIN

Televangelists in the US are broadcast in African countries. Pastor Rick Warren of The Purpose Driven Life is especially proud of his outreach. But that's drawn him into the controversy over a proposal to make what's called "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by death in Uganda. Yesterday, Warren issued a video message to Ugandan church leaders condemning the anti-gay bill as "unjust, extreme and un-Christian." Andrew Rice has lived in Uganda and written about it in newspapers, magazines and in The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget.

Andrew Rice, writer and journalist

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