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Supreme Court rejects torture suit against Mueller, Ashcroft

A lawsuit against two Bush officials, FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, filed by a former Sept. 11 detainee cannot go forward, the Associated Press reports. RAW STORY has more details here. This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast May 18, 2009. Download video via…

Lindsey Graham slams Ron Paul at SC GOP convention

Lindsey Graham faced hecklers at the South Carolina Republican Convention Saturday. The State reported: Graham told the crowd there was nothing wrong with any conservative, and he wanted to build an open party that could win in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as South Carolina. “You’re a hypocrite!” one man…

CNN: Congress concerned U.S. money used for Pakistan nukes

CNN’s Barbara Starr reported that members of Congress are concerned that U.S. financial aid is being used to expand Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. Sen. Jim Webb prompted Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to admit that Pakistan was increasing it’s nuclear capability at a hearing last…

Boehner suggests White House approved CIA feud with Pelosi

House Minority Leader John Boehner wants Speaker Nancy Pelosi to produce evidence that the CIA lied about using harsh interrogation techniques or to apologize to the agency. Boehner suspects that the White House approved CIA Director Leon Panetta statement disagreement with Pelosi’s account briefings about interrogations. “It’s pretty hard for…

Vanden Heuvel: Cheney on a ‘suicide mission’ for GOP

The Nation’s Katrina Vanden Heuvel questions whether former Vice President Dick Cheney’s media blitz is helping the Republican Party. “I certainly respect your father’s right to go out and speak to the nation,” Vanden Heuvel told Liz Cheney. “What he’s doing, it seems to me is a kind of political…

Steele argues against ‘empathy’ on Supreme Court

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele doesn’t see “empathy” as an important quality for a Supreme Court justice. “It’s about applying the rule of law and having prudence you can trust — not having a bad day or being overly sensitive to my condition,” Steele told NBC’s David Gregory. This…

Bush and Cheney reunite in SNL season finale

Will Ferrell reprised his role as former President George W. Bush to tell former Vice President Dick Cheney to tone down his media tour criticizing President Barack Obama. This video is from NBC’s Saturday Night Live, broadcast May 16, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com…

Gore: Cheney has become ‘leading spokesman’ for GOP

Former Vice President Al Gore reacted to former Vice President Cheney’s criticism of President Barack Obama Friday. “Obviously, I strongly disagree and, you know, I waited two years after I left office to make statements that were critical then of the policy. You know, you talk about somebody that shouldn’t…

Rove ignores reporters before being interviewed on U.S. Attorneys firings

Karl Rove met with his attorneys Friday morning before he was scheduled to to be interviewed before a special prosecutor about the firing of several U.S. attorneys. This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast May 15, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com…

Investigator: Up to 100 detainees have died in US custody

Any torture investigation should focus on the deaths of approximately 100 prisoners who were in U.S. custody, says attorney and human rights investigator John Sifton. Senate torture hearings have examined the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques but Sifton says this is the wrong focus. “Those are the wrong debates to…

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