Attorney General Eric Holder says there's a real question about whether a terrorist suspect such as self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed can face the death penalty if he were to plead guilty before a military commission. He told CBS's Face the Nation that it's possible to impose the death penalty in a civilian setting for someone who pleads guilty. But he says there's far less legal certainty about that possibility in a military setting. Mohammed has proclaimed his involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, plot and has said he wants to be executed, achieving martyrdom.
- Holder also said that the 10 Russian sleeper agents involved in the spy swap posed a potential threat to the United States and received "hundreds of thousands of dollars" from Russia but passed along no U.S. secrets.
- Holder said the administration isn't ruling out another federal lawsuit challenging Arizona's immigration law - if there's evidence of racial profiling.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran's nuclear program probably can't be stopped by new United Nations and U.S. economic sanctions imposed during the past month. Netanyahu, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said the threat of U.S. military action might curb a drive for a nuclear weapons capability. He argued that a nuclear Iran couldn't be contained. "We've had effective nuclear peace for more than half a century because everybody understood the rules," the Israeli leader said. "I don't think you can rely on Iran."
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Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs told NBC's Meet the Press that Democrats could lose the House majority in this fall's elections. "I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that."