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McCain, Graham and Lieberman Twist Facts for Political Gain

By | 12.30.09 | 9:23 am

It’s not exactly surprising that some Republicans would be using the failed Christmas terror plot to grandstand and try to thwart President Obama’s plans to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, but there’s something particularly disconcerting when leading senators such as John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham More…

McCain Double-Flip-Flops on

By | 12.02.09 | 5:14 pm

One day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hammered him for “flip-flopping” on Medicare cuts, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fired back this morning on the Senate floor (starting at 0:16 in this clip). McCain cited a analysis from the More…

McCain and Feingold Weigh In on McCain-Feingold

By | 09.09.09 | 1:08 pm

Here’s their joint statement released following this morning’s Supreme Court argument in Citizens United v. FEC:

It is important to note that the case reargued today does not affect the core of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law – the ban on large, unregulated donations to the political parties


Douglas Holtz-Eakin: ‘No One Would Argue That the Stimulus Has Done Nothing’

By | 08.07.09 | 2:33 pm

Republicans are pushing back hard against today’s unemployment report, which showed a lowerr-than-expected 247,000 new jobless and the overall unemployment rate falling 0.1 points to 9.4 percent. Former McCain campaign economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin spoke to reporters on a Republican National Committee-sponsored call to make the wonk’s case against reading More…

McCain Campaign Investigated, Dismissed Obama Citizenship Rumors

By | 07.24.09 | 8:38 am

In the final months of the 2008 presidential race, Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign learned of a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania that asked the state to strip Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of the Democratic nomination on suspicion that he was not an American citizen. The More…

The Joy of Recruitment

By | 07.09.09 | 11:30 am

[UPDATE: I originally misidentified Fiorinia's abortion stance. She's pro-life.]

Josh Kraushaar notices that Republicans have gotten the U.S. Senate candidates they wanted in New Hampshire and Illinois, where they “lacked a deep bench of viable recruits — and their political hopes were largely dependent on one specific candidate running.” More…

Immigration Debate Kicks Off

By | 06.26.09 | 1:02 pm

Just as many advocates were hoping, the debate over immigration has begun. Where and when it will end is anybody’s guess.

Right after yesterday’s meeting at the White House, after being personally thanked by President Obama for his role in getting discussion started, Sen. John McCain (D-Ariz.) told More…

Anti-War Libertarian Activist Running for Congress

By | 05.01.09 | 12:23 pm

Adam Kokesh, a libertarian Marine Corps veteran who became a fairly prominent anti-Iraq War activist, is running for Congress as an independent in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

After leaving the Marine Corps, I joined the monumental fight to end the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, bring our


Sebelius Confirmed as HHS Secretary

By | 04.28.09 | 6:26 pm

Lost in the din over Sen. Arlen Specter’s decision to switch parties today was Health and Human Services Secretary-nominee Kathleen Sebelius’ confirmation hearing. Well, she was confirmed by the Senate, by a vote of 65 to 31.

Controversy Grows Over Torture Prosecutions

By | 04.23.09 | 12:25 pm

As civil rights and grassroots advocates step up the pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute former Bush officials for authorizing torture, Congress appears increasingly divided over the issue.

Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and even John McCain (R-Ariz.) — the nation’s most famous torture victim — More…