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Democrats Reach Agreement on War Funding Bill

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Congressional Democrats today reached agreement on a war-funding bill that had been stalled, as the Obama administration dropped its request for a provision that would bar the release of photos that show abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The agreement was reached only after a letter from President Obama to a congressional committee saying that his administration would appeal to the Supreme Court to keep the photos from becoming public, rather than try for a Congressional ban as part of the war funding bill. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Thursday stayed an earlier order that the photos be released immediately, so the government will now have time to appeal.

The photos, which the American Civil Liberties Union sued to release, had become a subject of contention between House Democrats and the president, who has said they would inflame anti-American opinion if they were released.

The war funding bill now appears on its way to passage next week.

Congressional Democrats earlier in the day reached an agreement to allow detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be held in the United States for trial.

The bill includes more than $90 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted at 8:11 PM ET on Jun 11, 2009  | Category:  National Security
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McLean, Virginia -- The most open President in history has now betrayed his supporters once again.

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Posted by: matthewsp1 | June 13, 2009 2:25 PM

The need for war funding is a result of failures in international diplomacy, as in 1953, when our republican president authorized the CIA to overthrow the democratically elected Iranian president to install the brutal dictator, Shah Reza Palavi which led to today's insane fundamentalist revolutionary Iranian theocracy.

Now Ahmadinajad claims a "landslide victory" in an election he was expected to lose. Voters in opposition precincts were made to stand in long lines without restrooms in 113F degree heat. Election monitors were denied access. Ahmadinajad's ability to hold this illegitimate power is now enhanced by the intimidating support of religious fundamentalists leaders.

This is so much like what happened in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 it's uncanny. The smoking gun witness to the illegitimacy of the entire Bush presidency took his secrets to the grave on Dec. 23 2008 when, after seeking federal witness protection from Rove, his private plane crashed in Akron.

Posted by: rooster54 | June 13, 2009 1:03 PM

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