11:03 AM, April 19th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, April 19th

  1. Poll: Condi Tops GOP VP List: Would Condi and Mitt make a good team? Republicans and conservative independents seem to think so, according to a new CNN poll released Wednesday in which former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice earned the most votes for preferred vice president (26 percent). 
  2. CIA Pushes Yemen Drone Campaign: There could be a lot more drone strikes in Yemen soon, if the CIA has its way. The agency is requesting permission to strike targets in the country based only on suspicious behavior, such as surveillance showing militants gathering at al Qaeda compounds or unloading explosives. The problem, say critics, is that al Qaeda is closely linked to the antigovernment opposition fighters, and it’s hard to tell the difference. 
  3. Three Secret Service Members OustedAt least three Secret Service members are being shown the door over the Colombia scandal. The agency announced that one will be fired, another will retire, and a third has been recommended for firing but will be allowed to appeal. Two of the ousted agents are senior supervisors with two decades of experience.
  4. Baghdad Blasts Kill 30: At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured Thursday in 12 bombings in Baghdad and other northern Iraq cities, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but a Baghdad military spokesman said al Qaeda was behind them. 
  5. The Sun’s Royal Editor ArrestedBritish police nabbed The Sun’s royal editor and two other people in a dawn raid. The editor, Duncan Larcombe, was arrested on suspicion of paying a public official for information. Scotland Yard says the arrests were based on information obtained from News Corporation’s management-standards committee, which Rupert Murdoch set up after the hacking scandal at News of the World. The Sun is one of Murdoch’s remaining British papers. 

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Photo: Famed entertainer Dick Clark passed away yesterday. Here’s Clark on Dec. 31, 2011, in New York’s Times Square, during what would be his final appearance on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. (Ida Mae Astute / ABC) See more iconic photos of Clark or read John O’Hurley remembering his mentor

10:52 AM, October 24th, 2011
I didn’t think much about the dire warnings of an approaching hurricane called Katrina…. I attended a Homeland Security principals meeting on Thursday, August 30, and returned to the State Department to check once more on plans for securing our offices in the Gulf of Mexico. Then I flew to New York…. That evening, upon arriving at the Palace Hotel, I flipped on the television. Indeed, the hurricane had hit New Orleans. I called Secretary of Homeland Security Mike Chertoff, inquiring if there was anything I could do. “It’s pretty bad,” he said. We discussed the question of foreign help briefly, but Mike was clearly in a hurry. He said he’d call if he needed me. I hung up, got dressed, and went to see Spamalot…. The next morning, I went shopping at the Ferragamo shoe store down the block from my hotel, returned to the Palace to await Randy and Mariann’s arrival, and again turned on the television. The airwaves were filled with devastating pictures from New Orleans. And the faces of most of the people in distress were black. I knew right away that I should never have left Washington.

The Wounds of Katrina —Condoleezza Rice, in her new memoir, writes about the racially charged disaster that was Katrina and how she failed to anticipate its magnitude.

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