The Gitmo Speech: President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a major national security speech this morning, to explain his recent string of controversial decisions on civil rights and detainee policy, while arguing for the quick closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Senate Democrats stripped $80 million Obama would have used to shut down the facility, claiming the president needed a more detailed plan for what he would do with its inmates. Meanwhile, a new report from the pentagon finds that 1 in 7 released detainees has returned to some sort of terrorist activity, writes The New York Times.
Murder LLP: A former federal prosecutor was indicted in Newark yesterday for arranging a murder and leading a racketeering conspiracy with connections to drug trafficking. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Bergrin had already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for running a call girl ring. He is now charged with orchestrating the murder of a witness who was set to testify in a drug case against one of his clients, and of planning a second hit on an informant, which was never carried out. See the New Jersey Law Journal for more lurid details.
SCOTUS Watch: The Washington Post reports that Supreme Court shortlister Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit met with President Obama this week while she was in town for a conference at Georgetown. She was joined at the event by a fellow high court contender, Solicitor General Elena Kagan.
Bomb Scare: Four men were arrested in New York today and charged with a plot to blow up a bomb outside of a Bronx synagogue. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described the men as petty criminals who were not acting in concert with any terrorist organization. The AP has the story.