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Court Ruling May Cancel Bush’s ‘Blank Check’ for Terror War

Specifically, today’s Supreme Court ruling held that the president overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  • But more important, Think Progress interprets the ruling to mean that “the Authorization for the Use of Military Force—issued by Congress in the days after 9/11—is not a blank check for the administration.”
  • Also, SCOTUSblog says the ruling means that the Geneva Convention does apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda, and consequently “this almost certainly means that the CIA’s interrogation tactics of waterboarding and hypothermia (and others) violate the War Crimes Act.”

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    Net Neutrality Suffers Setback in Senate Vote

    The Senate Commerce Committee fell a single vote short of passing an amendment to safeguard the free and open Internet as momentum builds toward a full Senate vote on Net neutrality.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Was the N. Korean Missile Warning a Hoax?

    Defense Tech notes that if Pyongyang really had loaded up all that fuel in the rocket 10 days ago, it would have eaten through the missile’s casings by now.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Daily Kos: Lieberman Campaign Comes Unhinged Over Ad

    Markos gets a huge laugh out of Sen. Lieberman’s response to challenger Ned Lamont’s latest campaign ad. (The ad Kos links to—which The Hotline called potentially “legendary”—is a must-see.)

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    Truthdig: Don’t Believe Obama’s Hype on Evangelicals

    The Illinois senator chastised his colleagues for leaving the evangelicals to the Republicans.
    Electorally, he may be correct, but no self-respecting progressive should be fooled. On the whole, evangelicals are the most regressive people in the country. Just look at the hatred and intolerance they’ve made central to the Republican Party.

     

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    Court Upholds Gerrymandering Madness

    The Supreme Court ruled that state legislators may draw new electoral maps as often as they like—meaning that we’ll likely see new gerrymandered voting districts every time there is a power shift at a state capital.
    Disgustingly enough, this ruling is actually a vindication for Tom DeLay.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    George Bush, the Alcoholic (Pt. 3)

    Yahoo!‘s health columnist continues his series about the dangers of Bush’s “dry drunk” syndrome. “Like most alcoholics, the president is a frequent liar, but he is not a particularly good one.  He has surrounded himself with advisors who embrace the strategy that if one repeats a lie over and over with complete conviction that it becomes true.”

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Save the Internet (Today)!

    The Senate is due to vote Wednesday on the Net Neutrality bill.
    Click here and CALL. YOUR. SENATOR.
    Otherwise, when AT&T is deciding which content streams fastest to your computer, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Flag Amendment Fails by Single Vote

    Shame on all 66 senators who voted “yes” for this travesty. That means you, John McCain, Evan Bayh, George Allen, Sam Brownback and Chuck Hagel.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel Hits Gaza

    Israeli tanks and troops entered southern Gaza and planes attacked three bridges and knocked out electricity to the coastal strip early Wednesday, stepping up the pressure on Palestinian militants holding captive a 19-year-old Israeli soldier.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


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