November 15th, 2010
09:41 AM ET

On the Radar: Suu Kyi, Fort Hood, Rangel, lame ducks

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent much of the last two decades under house arrest.

Still open for dialogue - Freed activist Aung San Suu Kyi said she would continue working on matters of democracy and human rights in Myanmar and doesn’t worry about being detained again.

The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest for her dogged opposition to authoritarian rule in Myanmar. She insists all parties  - both inside and outside of the country - must continue working together.

Suu Kyi said she’d like to begin engaging Gen. Than Shwe, Myanmar's top military leader and head of state, in dialogue.

Defense complains of being misled - Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan’s attorney says he will not present any evidence when the Army major’s Article 32 hearing resumes Monday.

Lawyer John Galligan said last week he is awaiting additional information from the government about what the Army knew about Hasan before the November 2009 shootings and whether he had contact with militant Muslims. Galligan further said he has been requesting the information for a year and feels “misled by the government.”

The government has attributed delays in providing the information to security concerns and the need to protect classified information.

The prosecution put more than 50 witnesses on the stand to present its case that Hasan is responsible for killing 13 people and wounding 32 at the nation's largest military base.

Longtime legislator vows to prove innocence - Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, has said nothing will stop him from clearing his name in “these vile and vicious charges” against him. The Harlem congressman will on Monday face the House ethics committee's first trial-like corruption hearing in almost a decade.

Rangel, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since the 1970s, faces 13 allegations, including failing to pay taxes on a home in the Dominican Republic, misuse of a rent-controlled apartment for political purposes and improper use of government mail service and letterhead.

House Republicans and some House Democrats have called for Rangel to resign because of the alleged ethics violations. However, Rangel has said his actions were either mistakes or mere violations of House rules, as opposed to corruption.

Do-nothing Congress? - Congress kicks off its lame-duck session Monday, and it’s unlikely legislators will get much done.

Rather than trying to work on matters while they still hold a majority in both houses, Democrats would prefer to “talk about what happened” in the election, an aide says.

In short, they’re not ready to begin negotiations with Republicans, who will take over the House in January. Republicans, another aide says, are content to wait and tackle issues when they have more control over their direction next year.

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  1. CaptainObvious

    Speaking of lame ducks. This reminds me of a cartoon I once saw.....

    November 15, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    AS you all see it is waste of time to even try to talk to any american. All they do i sargue ,make excuse and stay drunk or drugged.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    , YOU idiot c.i.a anf .b.i and your leaders and evry cop in americ a knows who i am,wher ei am and what i am now.
    Even now im surrouned by lkie a 1000 cops City,county,state, only feds here are my own personal " tails".

    November 15, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I have talked ot many of your eladers of the last Ten years. bush,biden,kerry, many others. evry one of them chose politics over american lives.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    MY ex wife Barb Shaw in Medofr oregon, Mariah Carey< Hillary Clinton all have had the infromation fo rlast 10 years to stop this crap.
    yet evryu one of them as well as MANY of my ex girlfrinds, ALL chose to be selfish and thier hate for me over rides anything else.
    As Thye set nice and safe and Cash in.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    over last few weks i made the mistake of sending my ex wife Barb inside and clasified info about my self for the last 40 years. names and dates and events.
    BIg Mistake.
    Turns out she and hillary an dyour idiot feds are wroking together to bring me down.
    FOr Last Ten Years.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Consider this your officail Notice to end of all cease fires and trruces with any americna in Iraq.
    I do not support any of those puppets they have fdor leaders.
    evry one of them bought and paid for bush puppets.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Ayatollah ahki Al Sadr retired as head of Mehdi Army a few years back. All he is now mostly is a scholara nd advisor.
    YOU still have a warrant for him?

    November 15, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Now as you all see once again america coward leaders chose war with me.
    While saying nohting to you of course.
    For givve me for ahving To KIll You.
    May God save your TRoops from YOU.
    IRaq = JIhad.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    I wil bother you no more now.
    Have a nice day.
    and go fuk your sleves some more.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Inshallah.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. 517blingdongding

    Dr. Bad. The lord loves you cesar. He loves you Captain oblivious. Walk now the path of God and you will be saved.

    CNN blog comment readers, pray with me. Dear Lord, save Dr. Bad's wretched soul. Cleanse his spirit with your wholly grace. Amen

    November 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |