Gitmo detainees pray (AP/Photo by Brennan Linsley)

No, for now

Congress | The Senate joins the House in stripping out the $80 million requested by President Obama to close down Guantanamo Bay
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/20/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Senate Democrats Wednesday refused to help President Obama fulfill one of his top promises of his early presidency-to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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Ali Soufan testifies behind barricade (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

He said, she said

Congress | The first Senate hearing on the enhanced interrogation memos produces differing accounts
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/13/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-During Wednesday's Senate Judiciary hearing on memos detailing enhanced interrogation techniques used on suspected terrorists, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., accused Bush administration officials of "lies," while Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., questioned whether the hearing was simply a "political stunt."

"There's a lot going on in the world today," said Graham at the outset. "I wonder how this hearing fits into the priorities in people's lives right now."

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Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi (AP/Photo by Evan Vucci)

$3.5 trillion later

Congress | The House and Senate pass a budget that relies on heavy borrowing and opens the door for massive health care reform
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/29/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The House and Senate passed a $3.5 trillion federal budget Wednesday, hailed by Democrats as a step forward for President Obama's agenda and denounced by Republicans as an unprecedented expansion of government spending and the deficit, which will grow by $1.2 trillion this year. In a rare showing of solidarity, no Republicans in either the House or Senate voted for the final budget.

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