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Five years ago: CIA Director Michael Hayden revealed the agency had videotaped its interrogations of two terror suspects in 2002 and destroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and compromise the identities of U.S. questioners. President George W. Bush announced a plan to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages held by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. Republican Mitt Romney, speaking at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas, said his Mormon faith should neither help nor hinder his quest for the White House and vowed to serve the interests of the nation, not the church, if elected president.
One year ago: Declaring the American middle class in jeopardy, President Barack Obama, speaking in Osawatomie, Kan., outlined a populist economic vision that would drive his re-election bid, insisting the United States must reclaim its standing as a country in which everyone can prosper if provided "a fair shot and a fair share." A suicide bomber slaughtered 56 Shiite worshippers and wounded more than 160 others outside a shrine in Afghanistan's capital. Balladeer Dobie Gray, 69, who recorded the hit "Drift Away" in 1973, died in Nashville, Tennessee.
Today's birthdays: Comedy performer David Ossman is 76. Actor Patrick Bauchau is 74. Country singer Helen Cornelius is 71. Actor James Naughton is 67. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Frankie Beverly (Maze) is 66. Former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., is 64. Actress JoBeth Williams is 64. Actor Tom Hulce is 59. Actor Kin Shriner is 59. Actor Wil Shriner is 59. Actor Miles Chapin is 58. Rock musician Rick Buckler (The Jam) is 57. Comedian Steven Wright is 57. Country singer Bill Lloyd is 57. Singer Tish Hinojosa is 57. Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 56. Rock musician David Lovering (Pixies) is 51. Actress Janine Turner is 50. Rock musician Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) is 50. Writer-director Judd Apatow is 45. Rock musician Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg (Ace of Base) is 42. Writer-director Craig Brewer is 41. Actress Colleen Haskell is 36. Actress Lindsay Price is 36. Actress Ashley Madekwe is 31. Christian rock musician Jacob Chesnut (Rush of Fools) is 23.
Thought for today: "Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." -- William Butler Yeats, Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet (1865-1939)
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