Congress Nearing Compromise on Student Loan, Highway Bills, But Not There Yet

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 8:59 am

House Speaker John Boehner assured reporters today that bipartisan deals are near on two pieces of legislation that must be passed before expiration on Saturday. The two bills, one to prevent the federal student loan interest rate from doubling, and the other to extend surface transportation funding for two years, have been tied up in [...]

While Neocons Still Press for War With Iran, Diplomacy Begins to Work

By: Friday May 18, 2012 12:13 pm

Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked yet another Iran sanctions bill on the grounds that they needed more time to study it and make sure it was sufficiently punitive. In fact, Republicans want the next sanctions bill to include an “explicit threat of a U.S. military strike if Iran refuses to curb its nuclear ambitions.” But while [...]

US Inks Prison Transfer Agreement With Afghanistan

By: Friday March 9, 2012 9:35 am

The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal to transfer all prisoners in the military-run prisons at Bagram Air Force Base to the control of the Afghans, a move that paves the way for a long-term security arrangement. The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will [...]

Lindsey Graham: No Night Raids, No Troops in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 8:55 am

Lindsey Graham was one of the more vocal critics of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. He said that the Obama Administration “failed” by not being able to secure an agreement with the Iraqi government to allow troops to stay beyond the end of 2011. He added that “I fear this decision has set in [...]

Lindsey Graham Tried to Bully NLRB Before Boeing Complaint

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 7:38 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham openly threatened the National Labor Relations Board before they filed a complaint against Boeing for illegally moving their plant from Washington state to South Carolina, according to notes taken by the NLRB’s general counsel, Lafe Solomon. The House Oversight Committee obtained the documents through a subpoena, and they show total intimidation on [...]

Republicans Deeply Upset by Withdrawal of Military Troops from Iraq

By: Friday October 21, 2011 1:43 pm

Republicans, who never met a war they didn’t like, are responding to the announcement that the President would bring all military troops home from Iraq with a mixture of petulance and rage. Here’s a representative sample from the sine qua non of petulance, Lindsey Graham: “I respectfully disagree with President Obama. I feel all we [...]

Boehner Puts Up Firewall to China Currency Bill

By: Thursday October 6, 2011 7:43 am

It was already clear that the House GOP wanted no part of the China currency manipulation bill working its way through the Senate, but John Boehner clinched it the other day, calling it “pretty dangerous” for lawmakers to crack down on China and their artificial lowering of the price of their exports. The Republican leadership [...]

Neocon Twins McCain and Graham Sad About Troubling Lack of Airstrikes In Libya In February and March

By: Monday August 22, 2011 11:35 am

Because of the reflexive “everything Obama does is wrong” strategy for Republican control of government, you have a spectacle where the President intervened in a foreign country and led to an apparent change in regime, and according to Lindsey Graham and John McCain the real problem was that we didn’t commit more resources into Libya [...]

Bill to Cancel Oil Subsidies Will Fail Later Today

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 12:19 pm

The Senate will hold an initial test vote today on eliminating subsidies for Big Oil, essentially a vote on the motion to proceed that, per agreement, will require 60 votes to pass. Apparently that “gentleman’s agreement” where Republicans promise never to filibuster the motion to proceed (this is a “painless filibuster” where the 60-vote threshold [...]

CBO Score of Budget Deal Could Make House Passage Difficult

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 6:00 am

The Associated Press story that has Congress in a tizzy says that the CBO reads the new budget deal as massively less thrifty than advertised. However, there’s a crucial error in the reporting. See if you can spot it. A new budget estimate released Wednesday shows that the spending bill negotiated between President Barack Obama [...]

Paul, Lee Criticize “Problematic” Indefinite Detention Order

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 7:50 am

There’s no surprise in the ACLU criticizing a policy on Guantanamo and indefinite detention like what President Obama ordered into law yesterday. ACLU President Anthony Romero told supporters in a statement that “The detention of Guantánamo detainees for nine years without charge or trial is a stain on America’s reputation that should be ended immediately, [...]

support firedoglake
Follow FDL News Desk