President Bush's pick to take the place of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general was sworn in today. Michael Mukasey, a former federal judge, was narrowly confirmed by the Senate last week, 53 to 40. Democratic senators were concerned that Mukasey declined to define as torture an interrogation technique known as waterboarding.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer abandoned a controversial plan to give illegal immigrants driver's licenses. Spitzer cited public outcry over the plan.
An FBI report found that the Blackwater USA guards who killed 17 Iraqi civilians in September were unjustified and violated rules of deadly force for 14 of those killings, according to the New York Times. There was no evidence found that supported the claims of some of the private security contractors who said they were fired on by the Iraqis first.