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White House: Obama would not use drones on U.S. soil

Two messages came from the White House today intended to assuage concerns about the president's authority to kill Americans with drones on U.S. soil -- which, the attorney general wrote this week, is hypothetical but technically sanctioned.

Following Rand Paul's 13-hour filibusterof John Brennan's CIA directorship confirmation over this issue, Eric Holder followed up with another letterto Paul. Only two sentences long, the missive read, "It has come to my attention that you have asked an additional question: 'Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?' The answer that question is no."

Paul has said he is "quite happy" with this message and ended his objection to moving ahead with the nomination of John Brennan -- who was confirmed by a Senate vote as CIA director Thursday.

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