- - Sunday, September 25, 2011

CAMPAIGN

NYC’s Bloomberg says Obama could be re-elected

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he thinks President Obama could win re-election next year in spite of the country’s high unemployment rate.

Mr. Bloomberg cites the power of incumbency as one of Mr. Obama’s advantage. He says if he were Mr. Obama, he would emphasize what he’s done to try to improve the economy and admit some things haven’t worked but that he’ll keep trying.

The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent says Mr. Obama remains a viable candidate and that the election is a real horse race regardless of the GOP nominee.

Mr. Bloomberg tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he probably won’t endorse a candidate. He didn’t make an endorsement in 2008.

WHITE HOUSE

Hezbollah leader could face military tribunal in U.S.

The Obama administration is considering a military trial in the United States for a Hezbollah commander now detained in Iraq, U.S. counterterrorism officials said, previewing a potential prosecution strategy that has failed before but may offer a solution to a difficult legal problem for the government.

While the U.S. hasn’t made a decision, officials said a tribunal at a U.S. military base may be the best way to deal with Ali Mussa Daqduq, who was captured in Iraq in 2007. He has been linked to the Iranian government and a brazen raid in which four American soldiers were abducted and killed in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala in 2007.

No military commission has been held on U.S. soil since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. President George W. Bush tried holding a few suspected terrorists at military bases inside the U.S., but each detainee ultimately was released or transferred to civilian courts.

President Obama has said that, because of changes to the military commissions that give prisoners more rights, he supports them as an option in the fight against terrorism. Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group that the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization.

RNC

Priebus says more candidates are possible

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the GOP has a great field of presidential candidates but that there’s still time for someone else to get in.

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