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August 31st, 2010
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Dutch arrests may have been dry run, U.S. source says

(CNN) - Two men held in the Netherlands may have been trying to test U.S. airport security by putting bottles with electronic devices attached in checked baggage, a U.S. law enforcement source said Monday.

The men were taken into custody after landing in Amsterdam on a flight from Chicago, Illinois, Dutch prosecutors said. Both men were being held at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport at the request of Dutch national police, airport spokesman Robert Kapel said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said they were arrested after "suspicious items" in their luggage raised concern.

"The items were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves, and as we share information with our international partners, Dutch authorities were notified of the suspicious items," the U.S. agency said. "This matter continues to be under investigation."

Those items were an empty shampoo bottle with watches attached to it and an empty bottle of a stomach medicine with mobile phones attached, according to the U.S. law enforcement source, who has been briefed on the investigation. That has raised concern that the men may have been testing a future terrorist plot, the source said. Read more

House GOP leader to make 'prebuttal' on upcoming Obama speech on Iraq
(CNN) - House Republican leader John Boehner will lay out a "prebuttal" ahead of President Obama's prime time speech on Iraq on Tuesday night.

Boehner will speak to about 10,000 people Tuesday afternoon at the 92nd American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee on Iraq and national security issues.

Obama's Oval Office address is timed to coincide with the official end of the U.S. military's combat mission in Iraq.

In an op-ed published Friday in the conservative news site Human Events, Boehner said Tuesday's shift of U.S. forces from combat to an advisory mission "was made possible by the very surge that President Obama and Vice President Biden opposed.

"With all due respect to them, our troops who have served so courageously in Iraq deserve the credit for the success of the surge and, along with the Iraqi people, the turnaround in Iraq," he said.

"Then-Sen. Barack Obama, who campaigned on his opposition to the Iraq war, flatly declared that the troop surge would not work," Boehner said in the editorial.

Boehner says that at the time, Obama said: "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse."

The president's speech - set to start at 8 p.m. ET - is expected to last about 15 minutes.

Obama's remarks will also touch on Afghanistan and the broader war against terrorism, the White House said last week.

The total number of U.S. troops in Iraq has now fallen below 50,000 - the lowest level since the U.S-led invasion in 2003.

The remaining American troops will train, assist and advise the Iraqis.

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  1. Don Straub-Euclid, Ohio

    Well, once again there is beginning a new round of peace talks toward a resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. A primary issue facing the parties is the looming end to the settlement moratorium. Considering the fact that Netanyahu's coalition government might fall if building in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem isn't resumed by Sept.26, an extension of the freeze is unlikely.
    Will Abbas shut down the talks, if this scenario unfolds? Israel made a dramatic gesture in freezing settlement construction. Abbas ignored this gesture for nine months and was coerced by the U.S. to agree to direct talks. I don't believe that the Palestinian leadership is ready for compromise or concession.
    Don't blame Israel for the failure of talks, if building resumes. It has made concessions and is ready for compromise. It takes two to tango.

    September 2, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  2. bonita bethea

    i do not understand why CNN and other news organizations are not asking the tough questions to the Republicans as to why there have been 5BILLION DOLLARS going to waste on Projects in IRAQ..and didn't that leave this U.S. economy in a Shamble..How did the Economy get into such didn't just start when Obama came into office..You are not asking them what they would do to get the economy back..Why?

    August 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  3. Ralph Beach

    If I had millions of dollars like other people did people would feel better about my running for President of the US...I don't have millions of dollars But do people know what I could and would bring to the table?

    August 31, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  4. Daniel

    In my opinion, these "prebuffals" are just the lamest of lame-o.
    Can't Boehner get a talking-head gig over at Faux News if he wants to drone on about something?
    It should be easy for someone like Boehner.

    August 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  5. Amir

    great show keep up the good work

    August 31, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  6. Jim Carroll

    To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
    Article 1,Section 8, Constitution. There are three ways. Why use only two? The Treasury Department needs to
    by-pass the banks and made loans directly to small businesses with new money. There is nothing in the Constitution
    that says that banks have the right to skim the cream off of all money milk.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  7. Ralph Beach

    @ What makes a good teacher?.... What makes a good Teacher is one who can keep a students attention by way of props that help the student remember what they learn.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  8. Ralph Beach

    @egg recall... instead of inspecting the plants every 6 months to a year I feel they should be inspected once a month until the problems are fixed and then once every 3 months...

    @the flood in pakistan.... I feel sad that they have the flood problem....I believe that Americans should send supplies to the country so they can have food and drink...

    August 31, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  9. tm1946

    Heard something that CNN is not commenting on. The US govt is reporting to the UN human rights commission about their stopping the AZ immig. law as an examply of them stopping rights abuse. At the same time a African country is telling anyone who will listed how the multilation of children as witches is exaggerated. See something wrong here? Apparently this regime feels the need to "join" the other 190 countries as abusers. The Democrats have lost the right to decide what is best for us. I say vote them out of office, from cty clerk to the highest office.

    August 31, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  10. john

    the only reason we went to iraq is because bush sr. did'nt finish the job in the 90's

    August 31, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  11. Ralph Beach

    @Obama's speech...I feel that ALL of our soilders should be pulled out of Iraq...Training the Iraqis?...I feel it is an excuse to keep soilders there...Yes, it's good that President Obama wants to help the Iraqis...but he has to remember that they are in a different country...

    @Dutch men....It is crazy for them to do that...Did they really think they could get away with it...I do believe they were doing a dry run...

    August 31, 2010 at 8:02 am |