Republicans Gear Up for Susan Rice Nomination Fight, Which Could Be Stopped By Ending the Filibuster

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 7:00 am

Apparently the meetings between potential Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice and cranky old warhawks didn’t go very well. “Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the critics, said after the meeting. The Republican senators have repeatedly said they are concerned with how Rice explained what [...]

Defense-Minded Senators Broach Idea of “Balanced” Solution to Avoid Sequester

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 6:16 am

A curious coalition has come together to petition the Senate leadership of both parties to work on a bipartisan deal to avoid the sequester, the automatic cuts to defense and discretionary spending. Six senators, three in each party, wrote the letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. It’s mostly generic, but the identity of those [...]

Unlikely Support for Faster Drawdown in Afghanistan From John McCain

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 6:15 am

First it was longtime Republican Rep. Bill Young. But I don’t think any political observer would be able to guess who would be the next Republican to consider a quicker timeline in Afghanistan: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that the United States should reconsider all its options in Afghanistan — including withdrawing more quickly [...]

Republicans Run into Trouble on Medicare and Medicaid – In Utah

By: Monday August 20, 2012 1:16 pm

Amid Todd Akin day, here’s what we shouldn’t forget: yesterday Ed Gillespie basically acknowledged that a Mitt Romney Administration would have to raise the Medicare eligibility age in the first term. Romney would remove all the various budgetary savings that would keep the Medicare trust fund solvent beyond 2016, so something would have to happen [...]

McCain/Graham/Ayotte Tour to Stop Defense Cuts Held at Defense Contractor Sites

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:15 pm

I don’t have a big problem with Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio holding a campaign event at the restaurant of a convicted drug smuggler. I think it’s amusing because of their criminal justice perspective, but he did his time and righted himself, and we don’t give enough second chances to ex-felons in this country. It [...]

McCain, Graham, Ayotte Plan Town Hall Blitz Against Defense Cuts

By: Monday July 30, 2012 9:35 am

The Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the US Senate, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have planned a touring company production, assisted by their newest understudy, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (somewhere Joe Lieberman is sobbing), which will go around the country and warn about the dangers of defense cuts. This could end up gaining some traction, [...]

Dem Senators Plan Quixotic All-Nighter for DISCLOSE Act

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 8:40 am

On Monday, the Senate will vote – and fail – on a measure to increase transparency in campaign finance. The DISCLOSE Act, which was fashioned in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling but which failed to become law by one vote in 2010, would require large organizations spending over $10,000 on any activities [...]

McCain Accuses Adelson of Using “Foreign Money” to Buy Election for Romney

By: Friday June 15, 2012 11:10 am

John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for President and an endorser of Mitt Romney, has launched a broadside against Romney’s new patron, Sheldon Adelson, alleging that Adelson is using foreign money for his SuperPAC donations to help Republicans win the White House in 2012. “Much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come [...]

Prescription Drug Reimportation Amendment Fails Again in Senate

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 1:50 pm

The Senate has spent the day on a must-pass FDA bill that reauthorizes a user fee from drug companies to finance FDA operations, in addition to making other changes to how the FDA deals with drug shortages. The bill is primed for passage in the House, so if it can get through the Senate without [...]

ABC’s Tapper Asks John McCain! For Advice on Picking a VP

By: Sunday May 6, 2012 11:23 am

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player ABC’s This Week continued its head first descent towards a new low in absurdity when it allowed Jake Tapper to host and invited Sen. John McCain to be the feature guest.  The highlight of the interview was Tapper asking McCain what advice he’d give Mitt Romney on picking a Vice [...]

2006 State Department Memo Shows Bush-Era CIA Interrogations Violated Torture Conventions

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 8:57 am

A recently declassified memo from 2006 shows that Philip Zelikow, then a state department aide on terrorism issues and previously the executive director of the 9/11 commission, dissented from an extreme opinion by the Office of Legal Counsel that CIA interrogations at secret prisons in foreign countries were free from international treaty constraints against torture. [...]

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