How 3 G.O.P. Veterans Stalled Bush Detainee Bill

September 18, 2006

Summary: Three Key Republicans, McCain, Graham, and Warner, stall a bill that the White House was aiming to get passed, which basically rewrites the Geneva Conventions. In addition, Democrats and Republicans approach near a filibuster-proof margin of support for following the Geneva Conventions.

9/17/2006
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Why it matters what definition of torture we use

September 17, 2006

Summary: Slate editor Dahlia Lithwick explains why even though the latest push for the torture bill may seem like it is against torture, but in fact does support “torture light” that we have seen already in place at Guantanimo and Abu Ghraib. Lithwick also goes to show how the adminsitration is not really worried about if we are following Geneva convetions, rather how they are interested in ways how to sidetrack it.

9/13/2006

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Iraqi forces stand by while youths harass U.S. patrol

September 17, 2006

Summary: The progress in Iraq is marred further as shown in this article in Stars & Stripes.  Basically anti-American sentiment is strong in poorer areas in Iraq, while the Iraqi defense force does not respond to any such sentiment against US Forces.

9/17/2006

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Bush ‘prepares emissions U-turn’

September 17, 2006

Summary: Bush flip flops on environment. He is now trying to encourage increase usage of renewables and limit carbon emissions. However, there is no timetable set for when such actions will take effect.
9/17/2006

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Glenn Greenwald Responds to John Yoo Op-Ed

September 17, 2006

Summary: John Yoo wrote an op-ed in the NY Times defending the Bush administration’s breach in executive powers in areas of torture and FISA. Glenn Greenwald responds with quotes from the Federalist Papers which directly outline what the Founding Father’s intent was for executive power.

9/17/2006

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Former GOP Congressman Blasts Bush

September 17, 2006

Summary: Former congressman Joe Scarborough eviscerates Bush (and to an extent the other members of the GOP) for election 2006.

9/15/2006

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Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq

September 17, 2006

Summary: The Bush administration chose cronyism over professionalism when it came to the rebuilding effort for Iraq. They did not put the best people there, only their closeest allies.

9/17/2006

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