The White House disclosed today that President Bush himself wrote a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il asking him to fully disclose the country's nuclear program. Bush sent his letter on December 1 and also wrote letters to the leaders of other countries involved in six-party talks about North Korea, expressing the desire to resolve the nuclear standoff.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was preparing this morning to address voters' skepticism about his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by delivering a speech on his faith at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas. "If I am fortunate to become your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest," the Mormon Romney's prepared remarks stated. The former Massachusetts governor's speech has brought on comparisons to one that John F. Kennedy delivered in 1960 on his Roman Catholicism. Romney is trying to fend off competition in Iowa from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister.
For the first time since the U.S. government began imprisoning terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay, witnesses will take the stand today. In the second day of pretrial hearings, prosecutors will bring forth five witnesses to testify against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden, to determine whether the military tribunal has jurisdiction over the case. This comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that could determine whether detainees have a constitutional right to habeas corpus.