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Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling

President Barack Obama dramatically changed course twice on May 13 when he announced he would not release photos of American military personnel “abusing” detainees, reversing the Pentagon’s statement on April 26 that it would comply with a court order—with the president’s own prompt and emphatic support for release.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


Now McCain Wants to Cancel the VP Debate

Was this the plan all along? CNN reports that Team McCain wants the first presidential debate to “take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday” if there’s no bailout deal by Friday.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Race-Baiting Scoundrels

I’m confident that Sen. Lindsey Graham and the rest of John McCain’s front-line surrogates know full well what messages they’re sending about Barack Obama and race. On the off chance that they—or, more likely, some of the white voters they’re trying to reach—don’t know text from subtext from context, here’s a deconstruction.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Williams to Step In for Russert on ‘Meet the Press’

NBC News will keep its Sunday lineup intact by giving Brian Williams a temporary stint as host of “Meet the Press,” replacing the late Tim Russert for the time being. Because Russert and Williams teamed up for the Jan. 15 Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, many viewers might be primed to make the transition along with Williams.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Call to Limit Deployments Is a No-Go in Senate

So much for “supporting our troops”: A bipartisan proposal sponsored by two combat veterans to give exhausted U.S. troops more time between their military deployments overseas was defeated by Republicans in the Senate, the first vote of a two-week congressional debate on Iraq. 

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


McCain Campaign Aides Decamp

Gone Tuesday were Sen. John McCain’s campaign manager and chief strategist as the 2008 presidential hopeful attempts to revamp his foundering White House bid.  McCain’s campaign has been plagued with rumors about the sorry state of his fundraising efforts.  McCain did not turn down the volunteered resignations of top aides Mark Selter and Terry Nelson.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)

With a smug stroke of his pen, President Bush is set to wipe out a safeguard against illegal imprisonment that has endured as a cornerstone of legal justice since the Magna Carta.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert Shames McCain

Stephen Colbert put McCain and friends to shame on Monday by exposing the Republican senator’s torture protest as pseudo-opposition and their compromise with the Bush administration as an abject cave-in.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Caves on Torture Rules

Only last week, the president drew a line in the sand over his proposed interrogation rules, threatening to cancel the CIA interrogation program altogether if a trio of rebellious Republicans refused to pass his version.  In a total reversal, the Bush administration has reestablished talks with the defiant senators, hoping to work out a deal and pass the stalled legislation.

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Trio
left two: Think Progress/right: senate.gov

Rogue Senators Show Signs of Compromise With Bush

The Republican senators who broke ranks with the administration to oppose Bush’s interrogation policy have indicated the possibility of a compromise.  On Friday the president showed no willingness to adjust his proposals, but Stephen J. Hadley, his national security advisor, hinted at the prospect during a television appearance Sunday.

Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


Tony

Sen. Graham: White House Coerced Lawyers on Torture Letter

GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham is telling reporters that White House officials effectively forced military lawyers to sign a letter supporting President Bush’s new legislation on harsh interrogation tactics—after the lawyers previously testified publicly against those measures.

  • Watch the video.
  • Andrew Sullivan called the move “breathtaking and shameless.”
  • This article gives needed background to this complicated issue.

  • Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Domestic Spying
    From wcsh6.com

    Bipartisan Furor Over NSA Program

    Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers are furious over the alleged NSA phone record collection program.

  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: “The idea of collecting millions or thousands of phone numbers, how does that fit into following the enemy?”
  • Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy: “It is our government, it’s not one party’s government.”

  • Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


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