Feb 7, 2013, 10:17 pm EDT
With pressure mounting on the Obama administration regarding its drone policy — in particular, its policy on targeted killings with drones — the president and his supporters have been trying to fight back against criticism.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama released to the Senate and House intelligence committees the Justice Department memos that authorized the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki in Yemen in 2011. Awlaki worked with Al Qaeda as a recruiter and spokesman, and was previously from New Mexico.
What prompted the release was complaints by senators prepping for Central Intelligence Agency director nominee John Brennan’s confirmation hearing in the Senate today. For months, they had been demanding information on the Awlaki killing, as well as information on other aspects of the drone strike program spearheaded by the CIA. Read
Feb 7, 2013, 10:51 am EDT
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a senior fellow.
Geithner served as a senior fellow at the CFR more than a decade ago prior to joining the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was later president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before being tapped to head Treasury by President Obama in 2009, the Los Angeles Times notes.
During his time at Treasury, Geithner oversaw hundreds of billions of dollars in federal bailouts to Wall Street banks. Read
Feb 5, 2013, 11:08 am EDT
A joke about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, tweeted by Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, drew quick criticism from U.S. Representative Justin Amash. a fellow Republican.
The Arizona senator sent out a tweet noting that the Iranian president has expressed a desire to be his nation’s first man in space. “Wasn’t he there last week?” McCain added, referencing Iran’s recent claims — disputed by many experts — to have launched a monkey into orbit and safely returned it to Earth, NBCNews notes.
Amash, who represents Michigan, issued his own tweet, chiding McCain for making “racist jokes.” In response, McCain tweeted “can’t everyone take a joke?” Read