In a stunning reveal, the Associated Press reported that long-detained American Robert Levinson, who has been held in Iran for the past seven years, is actually a CIA agent on a unapproved mission. Here’s why the AP finally published the story.
In Bangladesh, Abdul Qader Mulla, a leader involved in the 1971 war for independence, was executed for crimes against humanity. He was initially sentenced to life in prison, but then a popular protest broke out.
Democrats in the Senate are currently punishing Republicans for that whole not-approving-judicial-nominees thing by holding votes during all hours of the day.
The “affluenza” defense apparently worked well enough for a Texas teen that he skipped jail time for a fatal DUI crash. But is “affluenza” actually a thing?
Because they certainly did when Bush was president, and even pushed for the “nuclear option.” From 2005:
- Sean Hannity: “I Believe It’s Unconstitutional To Filibuster.”
- Rush Limbaugh: “The Constitution Says Nothing About This. The Constitution Says Simple Majority, 51 Votes.”
- Wall Street Journal: Using Nuclear Option Is Better Than Letting “A Willful Minority Deny The President’s Nominees A Vote On The Senate Floor.”
- National Review editor Rich Lowry: Judicial Filibusters Are “A Perversion” Of Traditional Checks And Balances And Should Be Eliminated “Through The So-Called Nuclear Option.”
- Karl Rove: “We Believe That Fairness Means That [Nominees] Deserve An Up-Or-Down Vote.”
- Pat Robertson: “These Filibusters Have Been Unconstitutional. And The Senate, I Just Think The Majority Should Say, `Look, We Want An Up And Down Vote.’”
Let’s all agree that it just needed to die.
The Senate is a living thing, and to survive it must change, as it has over the history of this great country.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on dropping the nuclear option for executive branch appointees. Now the chamber can approve appointees with a simple up-down majority. Should ease up the pace a little.
I’m very optimistic that we will reach an agreement that’s reasonable in nature this week to reopen the government, pay the nation’s bills, and begin long-term negotiation to put our country on sound fiscal footing.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Monday on talks to solve the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis in Washington D.C.