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Confirmation Hearings

Madam Secretary

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a strong partner for President Obama's diplomatic outreach and an invaluable partner for Senator Mitchell.

Holder Can't Prosecute Bush Abuses Too Many Democrats Aided and Abetted Them

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Holder is seemingly willing to let bygones be bygones when it comes to prosecuting Bush's crew because it would pry open the Democrats dirty but hardly unknown secret.

Sam Stein

Holder: Waterboarding Is Torture, And The President Can't Torture | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The major hoopla surrounding the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General has focused on his role in the pardoning of tax-cheat fugitive Marc Ric...

Sam Stein

Holder: If My Independence Is Compromised, I'll Resign | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Midway through the day, Eric Holder's confirmation hearings have contained moments of contention and lightheartedness. But the one thread that stands ...

Our Change Agenda For Animals

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

When it comes to animal protection, more than a dozen federal agencies have a direct impact on the lives of millions of pets, farm animals, laboratory animals, and wildlife. It's time for change.

Lisa Jackson: Music to My Ears

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

EPA Administrator-designate Lisa Jackson was in the dock before the Senate today and I agree with Barbara Boxer that Jackson's answers to many questions were "music to my ears."

Escalation Without A Plan: Top U.S. Officials Admit To Having No Plan for Afghanistan, | By Katrina Vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Does this sound familiar? "We have no strategic plan. We never had one." That's how a senior US military commander described the war in Afghanis...

Why Rove Attacks Eric Holder: To Provide Cover for Bush's Pardons

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Karl Rove understands better than anyone that George Bush needs as much wiggle room as possible to provide the pardons he and scores of his rogue colleagues expect.

Her Confirmation Will Be the Hot Fight Ticket in the Beltway

Mario Solis-Marich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Solis-Marich

While pundits and bloggers continue their Clinton obsession, right wing strategists are targeting Governor Janet Napolitano for confirmation fun and games.

Specter Bothered By Mukasey's Answers On Waterboarding, But Will Vote For Him Anyway

AP | Hope Yen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he is bothered by Michael Mukasey's refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture b...

White House: Mukasey Can Hedge On Torture Questions

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House on Friday defended Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding a form of torture, say...

Mukasey Takes The Stand

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey said Wednesday the president doesn't have the authority to use torture techniques against terrorism suspect...

Top Judiciary Dem Leahy: Mukasey 'Headed For Swift Approval'

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey is headed for swift approval with scant objections, the powerful Democrat who will chair his confirmation h...