Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s political future may be in jeopardy after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct following allegedly lewd contact with an undercover male police officer in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. The three-term conservative Republican is up for re-election next year. His spokesperson said he was unsure whether the guilty plea would affect Craig’s political plans.
South Korea promised to discontinue its missionary work in Afghanistan and withdraw its troops by the end of the year in exchange for the freedom of 19 remaining hostages taken by the Taliban. Originally, 23 South Korean missionaries were kidnapped. Two were killed and two, who were sick, were previously released.
Just as it wasn’t easy to persuade Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to step down, it’s not going to be easy to fill his spot, experts say. A number of names have been mentioned as replacements, including Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Some even speculated that the Bush administration could choose Sen. Joe Lieberman, who would flip control of the Senate to the Republicans if he vacated his seat and was replaced by a pick from the Republican Connecticut governor. In the meantime, Solicitor General Paul Clement will hold the reins of the Justice Department.