Let Me Start: The Case for Drone Strikes

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By Hardball staff
A U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan.
A U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan.
Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Our own Michael Isikoff broke an exclusive story, unveiling a startling Justice Department memo revealing the administration’s legal case for drone strikes against American citizens. The memo concludes that the administration can legally kill U.S. citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al Qaeda or “an associated force”. Of course, the memo raises all kinds of concerns about extrajudicial killings and the rights of U.S. citizens in the war against al Qaeda.

Democrats are turning their ire on those long voting lines we saw in November’s election, lines that likely cost hundreds of thousands of Democratic votes. Of course, those long voting lines were all part of the Republican plan to keep Democrats from casting ballots in the election.

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez denounced the allegations that he had flown to the Dominican Republic to solicit prostitutes as “smears”, and he blamed right-wing blogs for pushing them.

Are the Republicans about to give away another Senate seat? Guess who’s leading in the Republican primary polling in Iowa: U.S. Congressman Steve King.

Let Me Start: The Case for Drone Strikes

Updated