The not-a-vote-to-spare super majority that invoked cloture in the healthcare legislation in the Senate, thus placing deliberation of the bill on the top of the legislative agenda, reveals the pressing and unavoidable need for compromise among Democrats, some of whom are claiming to still be undecided as to whether or not they will support the bill as currently written.
The Obama administration's Solicitor General Elena Kagan has called for all 27 judges of the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appealsa to rehear the seven-year-old baseball-steroid case, after an 11-judge “limited en banc” panel of the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, in a ruling on the case, adopted sweeping new rules for the employment of search warrants. It's a case where both the executive branch and the judicial branch exceeeded their constitutional authority.
For a man who has shown little regard for the immutable and sacred principles of the Constitution during his 13-year legislative career in Congress, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is inexplicably very anxious to extend constitutional protection to accused noncitizen terrorists. When questioned whether he would read Osama bin Laden his rights as required under the Supreme Court’s Miranda ruling, including the right to remain silent and the right to legal counsel, Representative Kucinich responded that everyone, without exception, should be afforded those basic rights.
The Obama administration is close to announcing its decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Reuters reports that the "final number [of troops added to the war zone] could reach 35,000 once U.S. trainers are factored in, but estimates on the number of trainers vary widely. Obama would not be drawn out on specifics but said he would have an announcement on how to proceed after this week's Thanksgiving holiday."