Friday, May 15, 2009

Back on the Bush Years

It’s Friday, May 15, 2009. Here’s what we’re looking at:

After suspending them early in his term, President Obama today decided to resume military tribunals of terror detainees - although no decision has been made as to when they would proceed. Although they will include some sweeping reforms (such as banning hearsay evidence) that contrast with how they operated during the Bush Administration, liberal groups like the ACLU still are not satisfied.

Obama isn’t the only one stuck between a rock and a hard place (or “hawks and a liberal base”) - Attorney General Eric Holder received a major grilling yesterday, defending the Administration from both conservatives and liberals on the House Judiciary Committee over the detainees issue.

As we’ve said before, the smartest move - in political terms - would be to appease the base on these issues.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing her own controversy on the issue of detainees. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) even went so far as to call for her removal today.

Finally, the architect of the Bush years himself - Karl Rove - is being interviewed by special prosecutors who are investigating the firing of nine U.S. attorneys during Bush’s time in office.

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