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Obama Introduces National Security Team

Dec 1, 2008
As expected, President-elect Barack Obama named Sen. Hillary Clinton as his choice for secretary of state and gave Robert Gates the opportunity to continue his work as secretary of defense -- just two in a series of high-powered nominations Obama announced Monday.

Obama Taps Clinton Vet for Attorney General

Nov 19, 2008
According to multiple reports, Barack Obama has settled on Eric Holder as his attorney general. So who is he? Holder has been a deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, a U.S. attorney, a judge, a prominent Washington lawyer and one of the advisers responsible for Obama's VP vetting. He would be the first black attorney general and happens to rock a fairly impressive mustache.
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Team Obama Asks for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Voter Fraud

Oct 18, 2008
By way of a response to the McCain camp's claims about Barack Obama's ties to ACORN, Obama's campaign has put in a request to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to "turn over any investigations of voter fraud or voter suppression to Special Prosecutor Nora Dannehy, the same special prosecutor recently appointed to investigate the U.S. attorney firing scandal," according to CNN.

More Trouble for Gonzales

Sep 2, 2008
It's reassuring to know that when Alberto Gonzales was our nation's attorney general, he schlepped highly classified documents to his home in Virginia in an unlocked briefcase. Oops! Also, once he'd toted them home, Gonzales didn't put them in a safe for extra protection because he "couldn't remember the combination." Fiddlesticks!

Ashcroft Defends Waterboarding at House Hearing

Jul 18, 2008
Discussing the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, former Attorney General John Ashcroft said he didn't think waterboarding constituted torture and that the technique produced "very valuable" reports. He was testifying on the Bush administration's interrogation rules.

Cheney, Other Top Officials Authorized Waterboarding

Apr 12, 2008
Bush administration officials Vice President Dick Cheney, current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, and then-Attorney General John Ashcroft were among those who deliberated over, and eventually approved, the use of "harsh interrogation techniques" (which some would call torture) at meetings following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Mukasey: Miers, Bolten Not in Contempt of Congress

Mar 1, 2008
On Friday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey thwarted the efforts of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers to bring White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential counsel Harriet Miers before a federal grand jury for ignoring subpoenas to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.