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The former Minnesota governor criticized Mr. Obama for his silence in 2009 when the Iranian government cracked down on pro-democracy protesters. And tensions between Israel and the Palestinians are worse now than when Mr. Obama took office, Mr. Pawlenty said.

But Mr. Pawlenty also had tough words for some Republicans, such as rival GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, who advocate reducing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

Mr. Pawlenty said isolationism will cost far more in the long run than what it would save in the U.S. budget.


Lawmaker to renew bill over military suits

TAMPA — A congressman says he’ll renew efforts to remove malpractice liability shields for military hospitals after the U. S. Supreme Court declined to hear the latest case that could have done away with the protections.

Without comment, the Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a California case that activists had considered their best chance in a generation to strip military hospitals of protections against lawsuits when they make mistakes while treating service members.

U.S. Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey said Tuesday he will reintroduce legislation to abolish the law, known as the Feres Doctrine. The New York Democrat pushed the legislation unsuccessfully in 2009.

Supporters of the law say opening up the military to lawsuits would be expensive and benefit trial lawyers more than service families.


State redistricting could imperil GOP House seats

Democrats hoping to regain the majority in the House in 2012 might get a strong head start in California, where voters handed the authority for drawing political boundaries to a citizen commission.

Analysts studying the panel’s work are predicting that three to five seats now in Republican hands could move into the Democratic camp in next year’s general election. Such a swing could have national implications.

California voters decided to create the commission in 2008, taking the authority away from the Legislature after heavy gerrymandering created a lack of competition.

Significant changes could occur before the commission adopts the final maps Aug. 15. But for now, the political future looks most grim for Republican Reps. David Dreier and Gary G. Miller.

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