1:12pm

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

Afghanistan's Karzai Sees Himself As 'Almost Historic Figure'

The U.S. and its allies may see Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, as an erratic, ineffective, even troublesome leader. But Karzai has a different view of himself.

Those who know and work with him say he sees himself as an almost historic figure, and compares himself to Ahmad Shah Durrani, considered by many to be the founder of modern Afghanistan.

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1:03pm

Wed December 8, 2010
National Security

WikiLeaks Fallout: Unease Over Web Press Freedoms

The legal and political troubles that WikiLeaks has encountered since publishing thousands of State Department cables in recent weeks may have troubling implications for more traditional media outlets, advocates of free Internet expression warn.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is sitting in a British jail, facing possible extradition to Sweden on sex charges -- and, potentially, extradition to the U.S. on espionage charges as well.

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12:03pm

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

Man Arrested For Alleged Plot On Maryland Military Recruit Center

One person has been arrested in Maryland for allegedly plotting to blow up a military recruitment center, the Associated Press reports. It appears the arrest was part of a sting operation and that the public was not in any danger, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston says.

She reports that "surveillance of the young man began in October. That's when he allegedly struck up a conversation with an FBI source and said he wanted to attack U.S. military personnel. The FBI ended up providing an inert device that the suspect thought was a bomb for the attack."

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11:55am

Wed December 8, 2010
World

NYT Reporter Defends Publishing WikiLeaks Cables

Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has suggested that The New York Times should be investigated for publishing classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

"To me The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship, but whether they have committed a crime -- I think that bears a very intense inquiry by the Justice Department," Lieberman told Fox News on Tuesday.

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11:35am

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

Burning Of California 'Bomb Factory' May Be Delayed

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET: "A federal judge denied George Jakubec's request to suspend plans to burn down his North County house, which is scheduled to be destroyed Thursday morning," the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

So, it adds:

"Plans are still on track to set fire to the home authorities say is filled with explosive chemicals about 9 a.m. Thursday."

That's noon ET.

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10:41am

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

Senate Convicts Louisiana Judge On Impeachment Charge

"The U.S. Senate this morning unanimously approved the first of four articles of impeachment against New Orleans federal Judge (G.) Thomas Porteous, removing him from his lifetime seat on the federal bench and denying him his $174,000 annual pension," the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes.

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10:21am

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

Thirty Years After Lennon's Death, 'RS' Lets Us Hear His Voice Again

For many who loved the Beatles music, today is a heart-breaking anniversary -- John Lennon was shot to death on Dec. 8, 1980.

Rolling Stone is marking the day by publishing the complete Q&A of the interview journalist Jonathan Cott had with Lennon three days before the murder.

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9:25am

Wed December 8, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Diet Pill Endorsed By FDA Advisers

Hey, guess what? An experimental diet drug can actually get a thumbs up for approval from a panel of experts whose job is to give advice to the Food and Drug Administration.

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9:18am

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

'Streets Of Port-au-Prince Are In Flames'

Shots can be heard in the background as NPR's Jason Beaubien reported overnight from Port-au-Prince that the Haitian capital's streets were aflame.

Fires are still smoldering this morning, Jason has since reported.

The Associated Press describes the scene this way:

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