Editor's note: This story was revised for accuracy at 6 p.m. Nov. 11.
I hope that around this time next year, most of us will be going to the polls to vote in the 2010 midterm elections. One of the most important elections on that ballot will be the Texas governor's race. After nine years of the Rick Perry administration, the governor is running for an unprecedented third consecutive term.
During a press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her concern over the hateful tone used by anti-healthcare reform activists and others who criticize of the president.
"I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw ... I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco," Pelosi said. Pelosi is referencing the assassinations of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in 1978. Milk was the first openly gay man elected to public office and Moscone was an ally in city politics.
While most of us were going to class on Aug. 24, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed a special prosecutor, John Durham, to investigate allegations of abuse of detainees that were in the CIA's custody. Declassified documents refer to cases when detainees were threatened with harm to their families if they did not cooperate and cases when detainees were put through fake executions to frighten them. As it stands now, Durham is only authorized to investigate allegations of abuse of detainees, nothing more.