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Morning Bulletin: Thursday, May 21, 2009

A roundup of news, schedules, and key stories from CBS News:
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President Obama will deliver a "major" speech on national security today from the National Archives. Administration officials tell CBS News that he will discuss the debate over enhanced interrogation techniques, the closing of Guantanamo Bay and domestic and foreign threats.

"President Obama will attempt today to answer critics of his dismantling of Bush-era policies on detention and interrogation, in a speech reminding Americans that strong national security and adherence to laws and national values are not mutually exclusive. Beyond this lofty reassurance, senior administration officials said, Obama will also repeat the case he made on his third day in office that the Bush administration's system of dealing with "enemy combatants" -- resulting in three prosecutions in seven years and challenged by U.S. courts and allies -- was not sustainable," the Washington Post's Karen De Young writes.

"President Barack Obama plans to say in his speech Thursday that the U.S. lost its way in fighting terrorism over the last eight years by failing to trust its institutions and values, according to an administration official," Politico's Mike Allen writes.

"President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a "preventive detention" system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said," the New York Times' Cheryl Gay Stolberg writes.

"An unreleased Pentagon report concludes that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has returned to terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials," writes the New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller.

USA Today's Richard Wolf and Mimi Hall, "Obama's Anti-Terrorism Policies Hit Walls"

And, later this afternoon, President Obama will play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers at the White House where there will be a quick statement and the team, the president and wounded soldiers will assemble care packages for the troops.

ABC News' Jake Tapper, "Linebacker Will Pass On Prez"

Also, former Vice President Dick will give a speech at 10:45 a.m. ET today in which he is expected to argue the usefulness of enhanced interrogation techniques.

Politico's Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, "Barack Obama and Dick Cheney Plan Dueling Speeches"


"The financial system, frozen solid for the past nine months, is in a spring thaw. And it's happening even though many of the Obama administration's major rescue programs have yet to get off the ground," the Washington Post's David Cho and Neil Irwin write in a piece about the thawing U.S. economy.


AP, "Vice President Arrives In Kosovo"

"Iran Missile Launch Confirmed," Washington Post's Thomas Erdbrink.

New York Times' Dexter Filkins, "US Pullout A Condition In Afghan Peace Talks"


New York Times' Javier C. Hernandez and Sewell Chan, "Four Accused Of Plots To Bomb Synagogues in New York"


Time's Nancy Gibbs and Michael Sherer, "The Meaning of Michelle Obama"

NY Times' Tim Arango, "Death Row Foes See Newsroom Cuts As A Blow"'s Declan McCullagh, "US House Approves Gun Rights Bill"

Politico's Glenn Thrush, "How Pelosi Botched The CIA Script"