April 7th, 2010
08:17 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Anwar al-Awlaki

The U.S.-born Muslim cleric, who may be in Yemen, has been added to the CIA’s target list - meaning agents are authorized to kill or capture him - after U.S. intelligence officials concluded that he has taken an operational role in terrorist attacks.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 38-year-old cleric, who was born in New Mexico, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen added to the list since 2001.

U.S. security sources said in January they had concrete and independent confirmation that al-Awlaki had met with Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian accused in the failed Christmas Day bomb plot aboard a plane heading to Detroit, Michigan. And al-Awlaki has confirmed his contact with U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of shooting and killing 13 people in November at Fort Hood, Texas.

Los Angeles Times: U.S. citizen Awlaki added to CIA target list

CNN: Intelligence chief: U.S. can kill Americans abroad

Richard Trumka

The leader of the AFL-CIO is scheduled to speak at a forum Wednesday night at Harvard University to discuss “Why Working People are Angry and Why Politicians Should Listen.”

Trumka was elected president of the nation’s largest labor federation in September 2009. The AFL-CIO is a federation of 56 unions, representing 11.5 million members.

According to his official biography, Trumka, then 12, was sitting on his grandfather’s porch in Pennsylvania in the 1960s, complaining how badly striking mine workers were being treated. “What do you plan to do about it?” his grandfather asked. “When I grow up, I could be a politician,” Rich replied, remembering that his grandfather feigned smacking him across the back of his head.

Trumka writes that he offered another idea: “I could become a lawyer and stand up for workers’ rights.”

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Trumka spent seven years in the mines, and eventually got a law degree from Villanova University.

“The mines humble man,” he says. “I’ve been in near death, disastrous situations.”

AFL-CIO: About Richard Trumka

Maya Moore

The University of Connecticut Huskies beat Stanford 53-47 Tuesday night, winning their seventh NCAA women's basketball title. Moore, the player of the year, had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

"You can't really have any fear or any doubts," Moore said. "You just have to come out and be in attack mode. I'm absolutely always trying to be on the attack."

UConn hasn’t lost a game in two years - 78 straight wins - and Sports Illustrated columnist Ann Killion writes, “The best player in the country is Maya Moore. And Tuesday she did what the great ones do.”

Sports Illustrated: UConn's Moore shows what makes her great

Robert F. McDonnell

Virginia’s Republican governor has declared April as Confederate History Month in his state. The Washington Post reports that the symbolic designation has angered civil rights leaders, but the move is likely to strengthen his position with conservative voters.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP have condemned the proclamation.  Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and McDonnell said Tuesday that the proclamation was designed to promote Virginia tourism, according to the Post.

Washington Post: Confederate History Month irks civil rights leaders

Wilma Mankiller

The first woman to lead the Cherokee Nation died Tuesday morning at age 64 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, Cherokee leaders announced. Her successor, Chad Smith, called Mankiller "the iconic leader of the tribe."

Mankiller served 10 years as principal chief of the Cherokee, the second-largest Native American tribe in the U.S., and became its first freely elected leader in 1987. President Clinton awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, in 1998.

She was born in Oklahoma, where most of the Cherokee had been exiled by the U.S. government in the 1830s, but moved to California with her family in the 1950s. She returned to Oklahoma in 1977 to work for the tribe's community development agency and is credited with improving health care, education and tribal governance during her administration.

CNN: Wilma Mankiller, first woman to lead Cherokee, dies at 64

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. arapikos

    I think it is GREAT that Virginia will exhume the Confederate symbolism to these United States of America. At least, we will have all of the fishtails on the table, and not under the table cloth.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. McLuhan

    Wow, Dick Cheney must hate seeing direct action from the new President. If Obama is taking direct action, that pretty much dissolves the GOPs argument for an unsafe America or that he is sympathetic to terrorists. Now, when the special forces have Osama in their sights, they'll probably get the go ahead to finish the job that should been done in 2003!

    April 7, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    So, how is this murderous individual 'intriguing'? How about putting the animal on the 'blinded-by-a-medievil-theology-and-filled-with-homicidal-rage-so-needs-to-be-shot-like-a-mad-dog' list? Your editing needs work – next you will list child molesters as intriguing.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Henry Miller

    Good for Bob McDonnell!

    The people of the US would be a whole lot better off today if, as they did 150 years ago, the individual states had the guts to tell the federal government to go to hell. The Monster in Washington has gotten way too powerful and way too arrogant, and doesn't hesitate a millisecond to completely ignore the Constitution.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. socrateze

    Interesting that we allow assasinations now. I forgot they added that to the constitution. They must have added that when they took out the 4th ammendment and added the Patriot Act. Its going to suck when they start adding anyone who speaks out against their dictatorship. And by dictatorship I mean the banks, and the CIA. We lost out country on 9/11 and soon after. That was the real shock and awe. Go back to sleep America, don't worry about your govt, Govt is God now. Tune into American Idol and your sports, just dont worry about the millions of innocent people that are killed each year due to our imperialistic agenda.


    April 7, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. StevenR

    The only clerics we should be targeting are Catholic Bishops and potentially the pope. Anwar al-Awlaki has probably caused less pain in this world.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. wrts

    Are you preaching for this criminal cleric or for common people?

    April 7, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. jphilly08

    wait, he is a US citizen. shouldn't he get a trial? how can they just kill him on sight? what happened to innocent till proven guilty? this could affect all of our liberties if they can set this presidence without opposition. I'm sure he is guilty but let a judge "judge" that. NOT the CIA

    April 7, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nicole Tedesco

    @socrateze, yawn! This country, and every other, have grand traditions of assassinating people, especially in times of war. Your argument is old, and false. You are a demigog. This U.S. is in trouble, granted, the Patriot Act is problematic, and our government is over reaching into our lives. Imperialist? Perhaps. Then again, what is wrong with that? Would you prefer to see someone else be the imperialist monolith of the world? Iran, perhaps? Fine, root for the other team. (Apparently, every human must have a "team" to root for.) But, no silly, this is not yet a dictatorship. Your failure to recognize a dictatorship when you actually see one make you part of the problem on fighting them. You are sophomoric and have a lot to learn yet.

    April 7, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. beth wedebrook

    Although he is a u.s. citizen I feel he has forfeited his rights as a citizen. He has cast his lot with terrorists. If I remember correctly, treason is punishable by death.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Simon S.

    Terrorist are enemies against society, no matter what country they are from. Since terrorist do not follow the rules of lawful warfare, they are 'Unlawful Combatants' and lose rights that would otherwise give them the rights of civilians or POWs.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |