Top Dems Support Hagel, But Stop Short of Guaranteeing Confirmation

In a sign of the trouble Chuck Hagel faces in winning support to head the Pentagon, two top Senate Democrats offered praise for former senator –but stopped short of assuring his confirmation. President Obama made official on Monday his choice of Hagel to be the next secretary of defense, an … Continue reading

Mark Udall Continues His Push Against Indefinite Detention Policy

A key Democratic senator is actively continuing to try to defeat provisions in a defense bill which would allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens captured by the military, including those taken on U.S. soil. As a member of the conference committee tasked with hammering out differences between the House … Continue reading

After Day Of Scrambling, Detention Policy Veto Still Looms

Fractured Senate Democrats worked Thursday to find compromise over language for legislation which ultimately could allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial. Their efforts, however, were limited at best, leaving the defense bill open to the very real threat of a rare presidential veto. The … Continue reading

Senate Pushes Obama Closer To Defense Veto

The Senate rejection of a ban on unlimited detention of U.S. citizens has brought a rare veto by President Obama much closer to reality. Senators voted down an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Wednesday which would have removed provisions of the pending overall defense authorization bill which allow … Continue reading