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Senate passes defense bill with indefinite detention provision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted on Thursday to broaden the armed forces’ powers over suspected militants, requiring that foreigners allied with al Qaeda be held in military custody even if they are captured in the United States. The White House has threatened to veto the provisions. Members of President…

It’s almost over

I hate to say the opera’s over, because the U.S. Senate can literally fuck anything up, but it seems now almost certain that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will be toast by Christmas. The standing Republican filibuster on it was finally taken back, and now they can have an up or…

Why is Obama being so pig-headed on DADT?

Rachel Maddow did this extremely convincing report last night on how the Obama administration is setting themselves up to let DADT go on for years with their current strategy of ruthlessly pushing for enforcement while pleading with the Senate to overturn it. You know, even though they have the tools…

Dude

What the hell is going on? Not only did the Senate pass the reconciliation fixes, but Obama is basically telling Republicans to suck his butt. It’s like they woke up and discovered their spines! I can’t help but point out that the Pope is also finally finding it really hard…

Why I don’t think this “split” will amount to much by Valentine’s Day

I suspect the main reason Republicans continued to use obstructionist tactics to stall the vote, even after it was a done deal, was that they were hoping that forcing Robert Byrd to come to the Senate every day to suffer through procedural shit in ill health would result in him…

Holy Shit

We’re now at 60 Dems in the Senate (assuming Norm Coleman gives up before the heat death of the universe). Thank you, Arlen Specter, you politically motivated hack of a sell-out. Thank you.…

North Dakota Senate rejects zygote citizen bill

The ridiculous and dangerous “personhood” amendment bit the dust in the North Dakota Senate. Thank god this failed — the ND House recently gave the thumbs up to declaring a fertilized egg a person, defining it as “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens.” The Senate voted 29-16 Friday…

Auto bailout fails. What a mess.

The deal died in the Senate, so Wall Street’s likely to take a dive. The failure of Senate talks on a $14 billion deal to rescue the U.S. auto industry sent Asian shares lower Friday, while the Japanese yen and government bonds gained on renewed risk aversion. “It’s a very…

The Unbeatable Banzuke: Senate

I’ve been doing this long enough to remember back when filibustering was a tactic designed to obstruct the proper business of the Senate, a controversial Democratic practice that raised serious constitutional questions. Luckily, we’ve evolved to the point where it’s everyone’s fault. The Senate went home yesterday for the Fourth…

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