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Awaiting the Rumsfeld Doctrine

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It is unclear if this no-bid contract -- to Berenson Communications -- actually improved Interior's message delivery, but we would certainly all love to see the outtakes from the non-verbal communication sessions.

Finger puppets? Artful brow-furrowing? Looking at the right camera?

Taking Terrorism Law on the Road

Former Justice Department official John Yoo , author of the famous Torture Memo and proponent of a most interesting view of presidential power, appears to be taking some time off from his teaching duties at the University of California at Berkeley law school.

The Web site for the State Department-sponsored Fulbright educational exchange program says Yoo will be off next month for a semester teaching at the University of Trento in Italy. The Fulbright Web site indicates he'll be lecturing and researching on "Terrorism and the Law."

The Trento site, however, says he's lecturing on "globalization and constitutional law." Whatever he's teaching, he might want to watch where he travels.

For example, an aggressive Spanish prosecutor -- and officials in three other countries -- tried to have former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet , who was visiting England, extradited to Spain for human rights crimes Pinochet committed there.

The effort ultimately failed to send Pinochet to Spain, but he was held in England -- albeit in a very nice house -- for more than a year while the matter was sorted out. Whether human rights groups can make a plausible legal case against a lawyer who finds legal support for interrogation techniques that others call torture is a hotly debated matter.

But that would be small comfort to Yoo if he's languishing for months in a dark, windowless tapas bar in Barcelona. Might be best to stay in Berlusconi-land -- much nicer than Gitmo.

From Maple Leaf to Old Glory

Winners of sporting events often thank their parents, their coaches, God or their sponsors for helping them. But Ben Agosto and Tanith Belbin , silver medalists in ice dancing in Turin, thanked Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) for enabling them to win the medal.

Not that either lawmaker is known for skating prowess. But they worked hard to make sure the Canadian Belbin got her U.S. citizenship in time to dance on the ice as an American.


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