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Can you imagine if a Democrat had pulled that crap?
• Senator John McCain, the US Navy veteran who was tortured during his years in a Vietnam prison, joked Tuesday about the prospect of a colleague being held hostage in Afghanistan and another being waterboarded. McCain made the remarks just days after a hostage drama in Algeria left dozens of hostages dead, including three Americans. Senator “Lindsey Graham was with us. He remains in Afghanistan doing his active duty as a colonel in the Air Force reserve,” McCain began. Then he turned on the dark humor. “We hope that he is not held hostage for — well, some of us hope that he is,” said McCain, the Republican nominee who lost the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama. In closing the press event, McCain said he had spoken with Senator John Kerry, whom Obama has tapped to be his next secretary of state, about the congressional delegation. But he then added that he looked forward to “mercilessly” interrogating his friend Kerry, a fellow Vietnam War veteran, at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing. “We will bring back for the only time waterboarding to get the truth out of him,” McCain quipped.
• Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced legislation on Tuesday to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). “This life-saving legislation should be a top priority of the new 113th Congress,” Leahy said in a statement. “It is our hope that the Senate will act quickly to pass this strong, bipartisan bill to help all victims of domestic and sexual violence.” The VAWA, first passed in 1994, seeks to aid women who are the victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
• A shooting has been reported at Lone Star College’s North Harris campus in Houston, Texas. KTRK, an ABC affiliate in Houston, reported that multiple shots have been fired on the campus, according to a campus spokesperson. According to the KTRK report, there are unconfirmed injuries.
• The Defense Department’s inspector general has found that allegations that Gen. John Allen engaged in inappropriate behavior in emails he exchanged with Tampa, Fla., socialite Jill Kelley were unsubstantiated.
• No proof yet that Algeria gas plant attackers were Canadian, Ottawa says: A day after claiming a Canadian co-ordinated the deadly hostage-taking at the In Amenas gas plant, the Algerian government had still not shared any details with Ottawa to support the explosive allegation. In Ottawa and Algiers, officials have been asking what prompted Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal to declare two Canadian citizens were involved in the brazen attack that left 38 workers dead. But verifying the Algerian claims has become an exercise in frustration for Canadian officials, who still do not even know the names of the terrorists, let alone the reasons they have been linked to Canada. “With regard to the identities of those involved, we have received no information on these individuals from the Algerian government,” Rick Roth, press secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, said Tuesday.
• The chief financial officer for a $7 billion Ponzi scheme was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after acting as the US government’s star witness against Allen Stanford, architect of the massive fraud operation. CFO James Davis pleaded guilty a few months after the bank was raided and criminal charges were laid against its officers.
• With more than 99 percent of the vote counted, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be tasked with forming the next government, officials said. Early Wednesday results of Israel’s elections for the 19th Knesset released by the Central Elections Committee showed Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu slate had done worse than predicted, winning 31 seats, 11 fewer than the 42 held by the two parties in the last Parliament, Israeli media reports said.