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Officials: Taliban behind Times Square attack; Durbin predicts broad support for Wall Street bill; Lieberman: 'a good shot' for a climate bill; Holder: Kagan 'would be a great justice'

By Matt DeLong and T. Rees Shapiro


Sunday Rundown: Here's a quick roundup of this morning's talk shows.


ABC: THIS WEEK - Holder: Pakistani Taliban behind attempted Times Square attack

Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. has now "developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind" the attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square last weekend. "We know that they helped facilitate it," Holder said. "We know that they probably helped finance it and that [suspect Faisal Shahzad] was working at their direction."

Holder said that the Obama administration was examining the need to expand the "public safety" exception to the Miranda rule that law enforcement officials used to interrogate Shahzad before his arrest. "If we are going to have a system that is capable of dealing in a public safety context with this new threat," Holder said, "I think we have to give serious consideration to at least modifying that public safety exception." Holder dismissed the suggestion that the White House had politicized the decision of where to hold a trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed credit for masterminding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The attorney general added that the possibility that Mohammed will be tried in New York City remains on the table.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized the administration's "lack of urgency shown about terrorism matters." Giuliani said he supports Sen. Joseph Lieberman's proposal to revoke the citizenship of Americans accused of involvement with terrorist organizations. "Why shouldn't we revoke the citizenship of someone who has been designated an agent of a foreign power or a terrorist group?" Giuliani said. "Of course we should. I'd be happy to test the constitutionality of that."


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FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Lieberman: 'A real shot' at passing climate bill

White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan said "it looks as though" Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad "was working on behalf of" and received funding from Tehrik- e Taliban Pakistan, which he called a "close ally" of al-Qaeda. Brennan said Shahzad was interrogated for "several hours" under the public safety exception before being read his Miranda rights. Brennan defended the characterization of Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab and Shahzad as isolated extremists by saying that they were "individuals who were operating on behalf of a larger organization and to try to carry out those attacks on behalf of this agenda."

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said he had lost confidence in Holder but declined to call for the attorney general's resignation.

Despite Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) comments last week that it will be "impossible" to pass a climate bill this year, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said "we've got a real shot" at passing the bill that he and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) plan to unveil this week.

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CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Durbin: Finance bill will draw broad support

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) said a substantial number of Republicans are backing the Wall Street financial reform bill. Durbin said members of Congress believe supporting the bill is the popular choice because it could prevent another recession. Durbin, the majority whip, said Democrats will be well prepared in six months for the mid-term elections. He said their strategy will be to remind voters how much Democrats have achieved compared to the previous Republican leadership, especially in regards to the economy. "Bush economic policies created this problem," Durbin said, noting Democrats will emphasize their successes in stabilizing the economy.

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CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Shelby: Gulf spill 'could have been prevented'

White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said "it looks like" the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shazad, has ties to the Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a militant group that is closely allied with al-Qaeda. Brennan said the suspect is cooperating with authorities and providing details about his attack and his relationship with the TTP. Brennan said it appears Shazad was captivated by the preachings of al-Awlaki and slowly became radicalized.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Congress has been considering raising the limit of liability for the catastrophic oil spill off the Louisiana coast. Shelby said currently the statute sets the limit at $75 million, which won't cover the extent of the disaster's damage. "This could have been prevented," Shelby said.

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CBS: FACE THE NATION - Allen: Spill 'not fixed'

Adm. Thad Allen, the commandant of the Coast Guard, said the containment vessel that was lowered on top of the main BP oil leak in the Gulf was not effective. Allen said ice crystals had formed inside the barrier that created buoyancy. Allen said the next plan, which is "not as exotic," will be a "junk shot," where a high pressure cannon will fire debris, such as chopped up tires and golf balls, into the leak in order to clog it. The operation will come with some risk, Allen said, because the leak is 5,000 feet below the surface and an attempt such as this has "never been done before."

Regarding the sudden drop in the stock market on Thursday, Sen. Richard Shelby said computer assisted trades, which occur in the span of seconds, were to blame for the situation. "Technology has gotten ahead of the regulators," Shelby said, noting an investigation has begun into the sudden drop, which authorities believe may have been influenced by automated computer error. Shelby said investigators have not found any evidence pointing to any cyber terror links.

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NBC: MEET THE PRESS: Holder: Kagan 'would be a great justice'

Holder said Solicitor General Elena Kagan "would be a great justice," but declined to say whether she would in fact be President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. He said an announcement would be made "very soon." Holder defended previous statements that suggested self-described 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed might not be released if he were to be acquitted in civilian court. The attorney general said that if the government failed to convict Mohammed on terrorism charges, "there are a variety of other things he can be tried for." Holder said he is "confident" Mohammed can be tried in court and "we will stand a very good chance of convicting" him. He repeated earlier statements that the federal government is considering a lawsuit to block Arizona's enforcement of its tough new immigration law. "We are considering all of our options. One possibility is filing a lawsuit," Holder said.

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Comments

WaPo -- why no article, or in depth reporting on Obama's attack on 'Information' and Information Devices' down at Hampton this weekend? What did he really mean? Too much information getting into the hands of too many people (and causing his poll numbers to go down??)

COME ON WaPo!! Start earning your pay!!

Posted by: wheeljc | May 10, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | May 10, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

To see what pakistanis are capable of Google jindan-kaur-of-cheechonkemalian-840 and then read the article. This was published Apr 18 in Pakistan's newspaper Dawn.

Posted by: vk1537 | May 9, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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