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Democrats Back Shortcut on Budget

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 25th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

Democrats Back Shortcut on Budget
Congressional Democrats have reached a tentative agreement to authorize use of a legislative shortcut to push President Obama’s sweeping health and education initiatives through the Senate without Republican votes.

Industry Group Excised Own Experts’ Climate Findings From Report
A group funded by fossil-fuel-dependent companies that argued for years that human-generated greenhouse gases were not driving global warming was advised by its own scientists that this was the case, according to documents submitted as part of an ongoing lawsuit between auto manufacturers and states…

2002 Document Referred to Extreme Duress as ‘Torture,’ Warned of Techniques’ Unreliability
The military agency that provided advice on harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as “torture” in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon’s chief lawyer and warned that it would produce “unreliable information.”

Friends Say Judge Bybee Regrets Interrogation Memo He Signed
LAS VEGAS — On a Saturday night in May last year, Jay S. Bybee hosted dinner for 35 at a Las Vegas restaurant. The young people seated around him had served as his law clerks in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the post Bybee had assumed after two turbulent years at the Justice…

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