A look at the day's political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama's becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.
New York and Washington, D.C., police officers are ramping up security measures Friday in response to what intelligence officials are calling a specific, credible terrorist threat planned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
What is it about threats? What possesses half the Middle East to shout abuse all the time? First we have Ahmadinejad, one of the most crackpot presidents in the world, raving away about annihilating Israel. Then we have Shaul Mofaz, the deputy Israeli prime minister, telling the world that there would have to be attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities.
A Republican congressional candidate in Orange County has been asked by his own party to exit the race after he was implicated in mailing threats to Latino voters. Tan D. Nguyen denies responsibility for the mailer, which said immigrants would be jailed if they attempted to vote.
Senior Bush officials and other top Republicans are apparently angry that US intelligence agencies aren't issuing more ominous threats about Iran The GOP'ers, marred by (but unrepentant for) their Iraq debacle, are eager to use their lethal Tonka Toys once again -- this time in Iran
Former intelligence officer and United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter cuts through a recent L.A. Times story which claimed that "Iran could manufacture enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb within three years." He provides a rather technical, but extremely convincing, argument for why it is unlikely that Iran could pose a nuclear threat anytime soon. (video: h/t Crooks and Liars)