On Eve of Contempt Vote, Revelation that Fast and Furious Is a Convenient Fiction

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 12:04 pm

White House officials have been in consultation with the GOP House leadership in advance of tomorrow’s contempt of Congress vote for Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal and the Justice Department’s response to an Oversight Committee investigation and document request. However, the two sides have not reached an agreement, and as [...]

House Oversight Committee Expected to Vote AG Holder in Contempt Today

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 6:59 am

When Operation Fast and Furious really broke last year, I was a bit surprised that Republicans didn’t make more of it. Here we have an operation – and at this point we have to ignore that it began under the Bush Administration, as the GOP has done – that directed gun dealers to sell weapons [...]

Mexico Joins Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 7:37 am

The leaked documents from the Trans-Pacific Partnership showed the possibility for the agreement to expand well beyond the original countries that are party to the agreement. And before the TPP has completed negotiations or been signed, we’re already seeing evidence of that. In remarks yesterday at the outset of the G20 summit, Mexican President Felipe [...]

Incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes Defeated in Primary With Focus on Drug War

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 am

In an upset last night, Beto O’Rourke, a former city councilman in El Paso, defeated incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in Texas’ 16th district. O’Rourke just crossed the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. This is a safe Democratic seat for November. The race in the border district was important, because [...]

Will Chamber of Commerce Call for Wal-Mart Corrupters to Be Purged?

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 10:30 am

After reading the New York Time’s excellent reporting on Wal-Mart’s pervasive bribery of foreign officials (Mexico in this case, but it’s hardly isolated to them), I remembered reading stories last year, including this excellent piece by Dan Froomkin, about how the Chamber of Commerce and major corporations were quietly but persistently lobbying Congress to water [...]

Iran/Mexican Drug Cartel Terror Plot Disrupted

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:18 pm

As Marcy Wheeler says, this plot has it all – Mexican drug cartels, Iran, assassinations, attacks on the Saudi AND Israeli embassies. You name it, it’s in there. FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today. [...]

Humberto Leal Execution Raises Thorny International Issues

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 6:50 am

The state of Texas is hours away from defying the White House and international law by executing a Mexican national, and the Supreme Court could step in today to stop the execution. Humberto Leal, 38, is awaiting a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to block his lethal injection in Huntsville. He was [...]

Global Panel: War on Drugs Is a Failure

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 9:52 am

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of luminaries from around the world, including former Republican Secretary of State George Schultz and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, has concluded that the war on drugs has failed, and that countries should change their regulatory policies to reflect this reality. “The global war on drugs has [...]

Banks Break Law, Pay Small Fines, Go Back to Breaking Law

By: Saturday July 17, 2010 7:11 am

I’m a bit surprised that Ted Kaufman, whose eloquent speech on FinReg said exactly what needed to be said about that legislation, was so pleased with the SEC settlement with Goldman Sachs for $550 million dollars. He says that the case proves that the SEC is back on the beat, that Goldman only made $15 [...]

The Truth About Immigration, the Border and Jobs

By: Sunday May 16, 2010 5:06 pm

Former half-term Governor Sarah Palin defended Arizona’s immigration law today. That sentence is about as much attention to her views as is deserved. (UPDATE: Except for TBogg’s whack at it.) I would rather point to a series of new studies showing that the law was birthed in and supported by ignorance of the reality at [...]

Multiple Agendas at the Nuclear Security Summit

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 10:33 am

The President continues to make progress at the nuclear security summit. Today he announced a trilateral agreement between the North American countries to convert Mexico’s nuclear reactor research away from highly-enriched, or weaponized, uranium. And the communique expected later today stressing commitments to nuclear security will get followed up with enforcement mechanisms to keep track [...]

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