December 11th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: December 11, 2009

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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New York Times: Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A.
Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials.

Bloomberg: Obama Plan Aims to Empower Afghans Beyond Kabul, Officials Say
The U.S. is turning to local militias in Afghanistan and expanding support of provincial authorities to overcome weaknesses in President Hamid Karzai’s government in Kabul, officials said at hearings on the war that ended yesterday in Washington.

CNN: Gates, Iraqi prime minister meet after delay over bombing
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday morning, after canceling a meeting with him a day earlier. Maliki missed the meeting Thursday because he was summoned by Iraqi lawmakers to discuss a devastating bombing in the capital earlier this week.

Daily Telegraph: Afghanistan: UK and US seek to cancel 2010 parliamentary election
Britain and America are seeking to cancel next year's parliamentary election in Afghanistan amid fears that it will distract from President Barack Obama's new strategy to bring security to the country. …after the widespread fraud of this summer's presidential poll, London and Washington fear soldiers would risk Taliban attacks securing polling stations for a barely credible election plagued by renewed ballot stuffing.

ABC News: The Obama Doctrine
What we heard articulated today in the president's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech was nothing short of the Obama Doctrine - the most comprehensive view we've been offered yet of how the president views foreign policy - and how he sees himself within the pantheon of world leaders.

Christian Science Monitor: Left and right, pundits applaud Obama Nobel Peace Prize speech
From conservative former House speaker Newt Gingrich to writers at the liberal Nation magazine, the insta-analyses found hope in Obama’s words, either in his justification for the war in Afghanistan or in his ultimate aspiration: to replace war with peace.

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