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President-elect Barack Obama has a plan to overhaul the Bush administration’s domestic counterterrorism program, the New York Time reports. Under the plan, the duties of the homeland security adviser would be transfered to the National Security Council.
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism briefed Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Janet Napolitano on its latest report Wednesday. In remarks at the briefing (AFP), Biden said the United States is “not doing all we can to prevent the world’s most lethal weapons from winding up in the hands of terrorists.”
The Obama-Biden transition team announced its policy working group leaders on Wednesday. Among the leaders are Daniel Tarullo on economic issues, Carol Browner on energy and the environment, T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar on immigration, and James Steinberg and Susan Rice on national security.
President-elect Obama, meeting President Bush yesterday at the White House, urged Bush to extend an aid package (WashPost) to automakers by giving them access to some of the Treasury Department’s $700 billion economic rescue program. Bush indicated to Obama that he might be willing to consider throwing his support behind such a measure if congressional Democrats agree to support his proposed free trade deal with Colombia.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his first public statement on the U.S. elections, offering President-elect Barack Obama congratulations on his victory and calling on Obama to implement a foreign policy of “non-interference.” The BBC says Ahmadinejad’s gesture is the first official message of goodwill to an American leader from an Iranian president since the country’s Islamist revolution in 1979.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) call the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “outrageous, but sadly necessary,” and say they will ensure the institutions are “permanently restructured and downsized, and no longer use taxpayer backing to serve lobbyists, management, boards and shareholders.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Ray Lahood (R-IL) is one of the country’s most prominent Arab-American lawmakers and is ranking Republican on the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. Now preparing to step down after 14 years in Congress, Lahood spoke with CFR.org on the sidelines of the GOP convention about some foreign policy developments and priorities. Here are excerpts: