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John Brennan Confirmation

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Rand Paul mounted an old-fashioned, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster against President Obama's nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan. The primary issue at hand was the new-fashioned issue of drone strikes. During the marathon monologue, Paul asked, "Where is the Barack Obama of 2007?" In fact, one could also ask: where were the Democrats of 2007? Paul was joined by only one Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden, even though if the Bush administration had acted on drones the way the Obama administration is, there would have been dozens of Democrats up in arms. Of course, the hypocrisy extends to Republicans, many of whom -- after having supported the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretapping, show-your-papers laws, and torture -- have suddenly discovered civil liberties. Brennan wound up getting confirmed but, at least in the process, the bone-headed right/left way of looking at American politics was rather spectacularly scrambled.

Ryan Grim

John Brennan Confirmation Battle Stirs Drone Strike Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The battle over the confirmation of John Brennan to be the next CIA director entered a final phase Wednesday as a cadre of senators, led...

Senate Debates Brennan, Drone Policy

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - Kentucky Republican Rand Paul took the floor of the U.S. Senat...

Rand Paul Ends Filibuster After Almost 13 Hours

Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

After nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has ended his filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan as director of the Centra...

McConnell Praises Rand Paul Filibuster

Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined fellow Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination for CIA director, pr...

Obama Pick On Fast Track For Approval After Major White House Agreement

Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

By RICHARD LARDNER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — After lagging for weeks, John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director is on the fast track ...

Big Day For Obama's CIA Director Nominee

Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics

By RICHARD LARDNER, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on President Barack Obama's pick to l...

GOP Senators Threaten To Delay Obama Pick

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are threatening to delay a vote on John Brennan as new CIA Director, citing the need for more ...

Brennan Confirmation Vote Delayed

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

(Updates with Senator Wyden comments) WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday postponed until ne...

White House Expresses 'Grave Concern' Over GOP Delay

AP | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The new White House chief of staff says there's "a grave concern" about delays in assembling President Barac...

Vote On Obama Pick Delayed Over Controversial Memos

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

* Political sparring over Brennan becoming public * Feinstein says Brennan will be "capable CIA director" * Republicans ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, as Nemo barreled up the Northeast coast, a different storm hit Washington, centered on Congressional oversight of the lethal use of drones. Given how little official concern there was about the issue during Obama's first term, this tempest was a welcome development. The long overdue debate was occasioned by the leak of a memo detailing the administration's legal justification for drone strikes, and the confirmation hearings for CIA director nominee John Brennan -- the president's frequent "kill list" co-author. With the memo's legal reasoning even broader than suspected, Congress is considering setting up special courts, like those currently used for authorizing domestic surveillance, making it at least as hard for the government to kill suspected terrorists -- including American citizens -- by remote control as listen to their phone conversations. Let's hope that as Nemo blows over, efforts to bring accountability to drone killings will continue at full force.

Outsourcing Torture

Allen Keller | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Allen Keller

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Thursday, CIA director nominee John Brennan noted that the United States "needs to make sure we are setting a standard for the world."

WATCH: John Brennan Grilled About Dealings With Media

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 04.09.2013 | Media

CIA director nominee John Brennan was grilled about his dealings with the media during his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday. Bren...

Amanda Terkel

Anti-Drone Protesters Mob Key Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Code Pink protesters disrupted the hearings on the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA on Thursday, forcing Senate Intelligence C...

Controversial Obama Pick Faces Senate

Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's choice to head the CIA faces a Senate Intelligence Committee confi...

John Brennan's Rocky Reception On Torture

Matt Sledge | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

John Brennan's confirmation hearings begin February 7. That means he has a week to get his story straight on torture, a topic that will most certainly...