Roundup: inside the war on terror

Few candidate events this week, but ...

Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord is hosting a town hall forum on "Restoring Checks and Balances." The event, cosponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Brennan Center for Justice, features the following panelists: Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Republican State Rep. Neal Kurk of Weare; Richard Hesse, Pierce law professor emeritus; Aziz Huq, Brennan Center director of Liberty and National Security Project; and Michael Waldman, Brennan Center executive director, who will moderate.

Friday at 5 p.m., Robert Kirsch, part of the team representing Guantanamo detainees, will speak at the law center on "Habeas Corpus in a post-9/11 World." The Supreme Court heard the detainees' appeal last week. You can read the transcript here and listen to the audio here.

Also in the news today...

A questionnaire from Barack Obama's 1996 campaign for Illinois state Senate gets a close look from under the headline "Liberal views could haunt Obama." [Updated: On the other hand, conservative Drew Cline was very impressed by the Oprah-Obama show.]

The founder of the Minuteman Project endorsed Mike Huckabee. (Here is the immigration plan that won Jim Gilchrist over.)

UPDATE: Rudy Giuliani, who campaigned in California yesterday, offered advice to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on the problem of homelessness: Make them get off the streets. "The correct, loving, caring social policy is to engage, not ignore . . . to discourage, not encourage," Giuliani said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. "We would tell them, you can't live on the street; you're not allowed to."

Homeless and poverty advocates in New York City have long criticized Giuliani's approach to homelessness: Giuliani tightened the rules on who could enter shelters, got rid of the city's "right to shelter" law, which required the city to provide shelter to those who could not afford it, and moved people off the streets -- sometimes with police assistance.

Newsom's office issued a sharp response to Giuliani's advice. "Let's be frank," said Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard. "Mayor Giuliani had to be forced by a court order to provide enough beds for the homeless people he was arresting. Mayor Newsom takes a more compassionate approach that connects homeless individuals with . . . the services they need to get back on their feet."

- Joelle Farrell