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.