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Still In Demand: Obama-Cheney 'Thrilla Near The Hilla'

Good morning.

Today is shaping up to be something of a repeat of yesterday, news-wise. At this hour, at least, headlines and newscasts are still dominated by the "face off" Thursday over interrogation methods and national security that President Barack Obama and former vice president Dick Cheney had when they delivered back-to-back speeches in Washington.

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writes that the Obama-Cheney match was a "Thrilla Near The Hilla." (That would be Capitol "Hilla".) Cheney, Milbank believes, "seems to be winning the fight" in part because "Obama's intellectual arguments can't match Cheney's visceral rage."

A short while ago on Morning Edition, host Steve Inskeep spoke with Milbank. The columnist told Steve that President Obama may have been "a little bit rattled" yesterday. He's hoping Obama and Cheney have some "rematches":

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This morning, the president delivers the commencement address at the Naval Academy. We'll listen for any more rhetorical punches. (Also today, the president is due to sign the credit card legislation that Congress passed this week.)

For more on the national security debate, there's this story from McClatchy Newspapers: "Obama's Proposed Guantanamo Legal Plan Rife With Problems." And, McClatchy reports that "Cheney's Speech Ignored Some Inconvenient Truths."

And, there's New York Times' columnist David Brooks' take. He says Obama and Cheney "conspired on Thursday to propagate a myth." That myth, he says, is that the Bush-Cheney original anti-terrorism policy lasted all eight years of that administration.

Brooks and The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne are due for their regular Friday afternoon appearance on All Things Considered later today.

Also on ME today, by the way, NPR's Julie McCarthy took listeners inside a refugee camp in Pakistan, where refugees from the fighting in the Swat Valley "assail the poor conditions and the Taliban":

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Earlier this week, a boy washed in a canal at the relief camp in Swabi, Pakistan. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images hide caption

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As for other stories making headlines, they include:

-- The New York Times -- Authorities Say They Have Recordings Of Bomb Plotters: Prosecutors laid out some of the case against four men accused of plotting to bomb two Jewish synagogues in New York and to fire missiles at U.S. military aircraft. "Vast passages of the conspiracy the federal authorities described -- the talk of killing Jews, the testing of the men's would-be weaponry -- played out on a veritable soundstage of hidden cameras and secret microphones, and involved material provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A house in Newburgh, a storage facility in Stamford, the planting of the would-be bombs in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale -- everything was recorded, according to the complaint. 'It's hard to envision a more chilling plot,' Eric Snyder, an assistant United States attorney, said on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. 'These are extremely violent men. These are men who eagerly embraced an opportunity" to "bring deaths to Jews.' "

-- Bloomberg News -- "Pound Slides As S&P Signals Britain May Lose Top Debt Rating": "The pound dropped from a six-month high versus the dollar after Standard & Poor's signaled Britain may lose its top credit rating for the first time as the government's finances deteriorate during the economic slump."

-- Miami Herald -- "Regulators Seize, Sell BankUnited": "Without missing a beat, BankUnited will reopen this Friday morning with a new owner and a whole lot more capital. Dozens of federal regulators swept in to BankUnited's offices in Coral Gables on Thursday afternoon after the close of business and seized the teetering thrift, capping a yearlong odyssey to revive the $13 billion asset institution. New York banker John Kanas and a group of private equity firms won a bidding contest to acquire BankUnited in a sale run by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp."

Contributing: Chinita Anderson of Morning Edition.