Election Backgrounders

Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General

Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General

Author: Joanna Klonsky, Associate Editor

President Barack Obama's attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., has criticized some of the Bush administration's counter-terrorism moves, calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center and bans on torture.

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

Author: Joanna Klonsky, Associate Editor

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a senator and former First Lady, has offered a tough pragmatism on national security matters and called for reviving U.S. credibility in the world.

See more in Diplomacy and Statecraft

Defense Spending During Economic Crisis

Defense Spending During Economic Crisis

Author: Greg Bruno

President-elect Barack Obama made many promises on defense spending and strategy during his two-year run for the White House. But analysts say economic constraints and political pressure could make implementation difficult.

See more in Defense Budget; United States