- - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NEW YORK

Rep. King leaves door open for presidential bid

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Rep. Peter King, whose national profile has climbed as head of the House Homeland Security Committee, is leaving the door open for a possible presidential bid.

The New York congressman, responding to a powerful hometown Republican’s suggestion that he run for president, said he was taking a wait-and-see approach.

“Let’s see what happens,” Mr. King told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday. “This is something out of the blue. It is a great honor, but right now I am focused on getting re-elected to the House next year.”

Mr. King, 67, held hearings earlier this year on what he termed the radicalization of homegrown Islamic terrorists in America. Serving his 10th term, he easily won re-election last year from his suburban Long Island district.

PENTAGON

Gates: No evidence Pakistan knew bin Laden was there

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday he has seen no evidence that Pakistan’s senior leadership was aware the terror leader was in a compound a short distance from a Pakistani military facility.

Both Mr. Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said the U.S. must continue to work with and provide aid to Pakistan.

“I have seen no evidence at all that the senior leadership knew. In fact, I’ve seen some evidence to the contrary,” Mr. Gates told reporters at the Pentagon.

PRESIDENT

Obama flight landing aborted on first pass

President Obama’s plane aborted a landing in Connecticut Wednesday morning because of poor visibility before landing safely on a second attempt.

Air Force One pulled up on its approach to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., around 9:50 a.m. The presidential plane circled in light rain and landed on its next approach at 10:05 a.m.

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