As Republicans continue their unrelenting criticism of the Obama administration's national security measures, the White House points out similarities to the Bush era. But that raises Democrats' hackles.
In a review of the Christmas Day terrorist attempt, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan says that what should have been clear intelligence warnings fell through the cracks.
It wasn't all that relaxing for Obama in Hawaii, but in D.C. the focus is even more intense on who's to blame for the Christmas Day bombing attempt on an airliner bound for Detroit.
John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrism aide, offered a strong rebuke of Dick Cheney's criticism and suggested that post-9/11 intelligence-gathering networks still can't bring all the relevant information together.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee hearings into whether the Army missed warning signs about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan could lead to finger-pointing about Fort Hood shooting and political battles over Obama’s terrorism policy.
Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan faces 13 murder charges in connection with the Fort Hood attack. Also, President Obama ordered a review of how intelligence gathered on Hasan was handled and acted upon.
He rejects Bush's 'global war on terror' as too absolutist. But a top adviser says Obama will 'confront Al Qaeda aggressively wherever it exists.'
The outbreak is small so far. As a result, the administration is not yet taking any drastic measures.
It's still 'economy first,' but advocacy groups and lawmakers are positioning themselves to take on this political hot button.
But defenders of Panetta say he could bring valuable management skills to the job.