Saturday, July 15, 2006

Today's Reads

Two good and recommended articles from today's Washington Post:

- Jonathan Weisman covers the continuing movement by a bipartisan group of senators to get in front of the detainee justice issue and push for the use of UCMJ rules and courts martial to try enemy combatants. It's (thankfully) the usual suspects: McCain, Graham, Warner, Levin, and Specter. Another good quote from Graham today: "The idea of reauthorizing military commissions as written would be a mistake. I am very optimistic that we will reauthorize military commissions that are set up using [standard military law] as the model, but with substantial differences because the war on terror demands substantial differences."

- Rick Weiss writes about the upcoming Senate stem cell debate, revealing recent lobbying efforts by those on both sides of the issue. Senator Frist announced Friday that the debate on the stem cell package will begin on Monday, with votes on Tuesday. President Bush is still expected to veto the main portion of the bill, possibly as early as Thursday. The main House sponsors of the bill, Reps. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) attempted to set up a meeting with the President to discuss the bill and his pledged veto, but "were told he would not have time." Yeeeah.


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