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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:46 PM
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Republicans to hold up on Eric Holder nomination
Source: MSNBC TV News

Nora O'Donnell reporting that the Pubbies plan to hold up on the Holder nomination. No other info at this time.

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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:48 PM
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1. Senate Republicans Delay Vote on Holder Nomination (Update1)
Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Republicans forced the Judiciary Committee to delay a vote on Eric Holder, President Barack Obamas choice to be attorney general.

They said the nominee has failed to answer all their questions. Todays move postpones a confirmation vote by the full Democratic-controlled Senate for one week.

Republican lawmakers said they remain concerned over Holders role in the 2001 pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich as well as the nominees views on the possible prosecution of intelligence agents who used harsh tactics to question suspected terrorists.

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the committees ranking Republican, said Holders confirmation probably isnt in jeopardy. He said he wants more time to learn what Mr. Holder is going to do as attorney general.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a50...

Hint, Arlen, he is going to enforce the fucking law ~~ something the last Admin had NO clue about. Duh... :eyes:
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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:50 PM
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5. They can't hold'im forever....
LET THE MAN PROSECUTE!!!!!!
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:52 PM
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10. The article goes on for a statement from Leahy that...
...Holder's nomination is not in trouble.

So he is gonna be confirmed ~~ good news, IMO.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:01 PM
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17. Hint, Arlen, he is going to enforce the fucking law
Thats what they're afraid of.
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:58 PM
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31. exactly
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:07 PM
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34. Unlike Mukassey he said waterboarding was torture. Oh that's what the hold up is about.
They're afraid he'll enforce the law. It can't be about not answering questions.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:30 PM
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38. GOP lawyer: Facts 'misconstrued' in Rich case (March 2001)
March 2, 2001
Web posted at: 3:15 a.m. EST (0815 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff testified Thursday he believes prosecutors of billionaire financier Marc Rich "misconstrued the facts and the law" when they went after Rich on tax evasion charges ...

http://archives.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/03/02/clinton....
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:40 PM
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39. is this the guy against torture unequivocally n/t
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:48 PM
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2. No pardons from chimpy, are they scared?
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:49 PM
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3. They could be....
...because there is absolutely NO reason to hold up on this nominee.'

JMHO
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:50 PM
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6. they are scared shitless after what holder said about torture being illegal. nt
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:49 PM
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4. Because as conservatives they are concerned with the rule of law
just as they have been for the last eight years.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:51 PM
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7. IMO, Holder telling Leahy that waterboarding is torture and...
...agreeing that torture is a crime ~~ I am betting there could be some serious ass covering going on.

JMHO
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:52 PM
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11. And the funny thing
is if they don't confirm Holder, Obama will nominate someone who will say the same thing.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:55 PM
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14. So true....
...guess the Pubbies have not had the brain power to figure this out?

LOL...!!
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:51 PM
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8. Take *that* Mr. Post-Partisanship-President!
:sigh: I hope he learns one day. Soon.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:39 PM
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25. Learn what?
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 03:48 PM by stillcool
I think it's up to the Republicans to learn. That is if this is a Democracy and not a dictatorship. Edited to add...there are plenty of people here who are not happy with Holder. So..maybe it's for the best.
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:48 PM
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28. That some fists will never unclench, no matter how extended his hand is
and that he is the President of millions, not a saint to teach moral lessons about "turning the other cheek" (or "moving on" and not prosecuting crimes against humanity, that sort of thing)
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:53 PM
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30. Exactly..he is a President..
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 03:54 PM by stillcool
not a dictator. Republicans represent the American people, the same as Democrats. There is no reason why they should be shut out of government, unless you want to change the Constitution and our form of government. There are plenty of Democrats here on DU who are opposed to Eric Holder as well. Should their voices be shut out?
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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:00 PM
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33. You misunderstand what I'm saying
My belief is that Obama has already compromised his own integrity (and thus that of millions of Americans) in the mistaken belief that he could somehow bargain for some sort of non-partisan cooperation from certain members of Congress. A quid pro quo turned quid pro no.

I would that he not shut out the voices of his opponents, but that he likewise not withhold from taking certain actions that might appear to be partisan (ie, vigorously encourage pursuit of criminal charges against the prior administration)
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:10 PM
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35. Oh sweet jayzus..
He's been President 1 day. If he actively sought the pursuit of criminal charges, he would never have made it to President 1 day. I'm not sure of what country, or government you think we have. If...Obama should appoint a Special Prosecutor, or If people pressure their own representatives to have hearings, committees, etc., then maybe, maybe more will see the light of day, and some 'bad apples' will fall on their swords. I'm hoping that whistle-blowers come out en-masse. That would maybe help the public to get behind this..if of course they even hear of it by the media. Nothing, absolutely nothing will 'change' if people expect Obama to do everything they want, the way they want, with zero action being taken to force their own representatives to do the right thing. It's absurd.
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Blaze Diem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:51 PM
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9. How long wil this 'hold up' last before Holder gets the go ahead?
Maybe McCain should step in & settle things down for his side of the isle that holds the most assholes ever.
Hillary get confirmed yet?
fk u Cornyn
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:54 PM
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12. Another up date re: further Holder Hearing
Supposedly they will be going forward with more hearing on the Holder nomination this afternoon.
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:54 PM
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13. Is there any nominee they're not planning on "holding up"?
:shrug:
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:58 PM
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15. Gates?
That is the only one I can figure on.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:01 PM
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16. Gates doesn't need confirmation
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 03:01 PM by Shiver
He's already been confirmed, and it carries over.

They'll probably let LaHood on through without complaint.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:02 PM
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18. Thanks for the info....but I thought they would have to have a re-do on him.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:03 PM
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19. More from Nora on MSNBC:
Holding up the hearing for one week.

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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:19 PM
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21. "Of course, Mercury is retrograde now. Smirk." - Ronald Reagan's Dead Republicon Astrologer
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 03:20 PM by SpiralHawk
"Therefore, this is just the kind of retrograde tactic against America you would expect from Homelander Occultists. Smirk."

- Ronald Reagan's Dead Republicon Astrologer
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:18 PM
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20. Does this give the Justice Dept...
more time to clean up?
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:24 PM
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22. We rubberstamped their incompetent pigs.
Eat them.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:32 PM
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23. I guess they're having a little trouble establishing the new identities
for Rove, Rummy and a couple of others.

They tried liposuction to reduce Rove's bulk but it didn't work

Now they're just giving him a massive enema instead.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:26 PM
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41. Many reasons for the delay, but this one is funny!
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:32 PM
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24. It's time that we start shoving some shit down their throats.
About things that will make their heads explode - single payer health care, putting Jimmy Carter on Mt. Rushmore.

:)
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:43 PM
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26. What racist assholes
Talk about being passive agressive. Republicans, stop your racially motivated obstruction!!!

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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:19 PM
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37. I don't think this has anything to do with race....
Specter has been trying to delay this since Obama tapped him. I think it has more to do with more time to fumigate the 'Justice' Department, and maybe trying to get promises that the new AG won't go after the Bush Administration.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:43 PM
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27. Damn, they are deliberately being obstructionists, first with Senator Clinton
and now this. They will do this all through Obama's first term if the electorate doesn't stop them.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:52 PM
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29. GOP = "Grand Obstructionist Party"
Hit them with this every chance you get!
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:59 PM
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32. Watch it, Repubs -- this is the guy who will decide who gets investigated by the Justice Department.
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scytherius Donating Member (576 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:16 PM
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36. He'll be approved after the hissy fit.
As they say, this ain't no thang. Hatch hsa come out for this guy. All this does is show the public that the GOP is the same old thing. let em keep showing the public I say.
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:56 PM
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40. Filibuster? Then we need 3 republican votes for cloture. Lieberman
might be one.
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scytherius Donating Member (576 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:31 PM
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42. They'll never filibuster Holder. Hatch has already come out in support of him.
It gets delayed a week. *yawn* And they look stupid. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:16 PM
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43. Repubs declare they are the anti-law and order party !
they want to make sure Holder will not prosecute guilty people - at least those guilty of torture and illegal wiretaps.
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