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He said it on the opening day of his Attorney General appointment confirmation hearings today.  Maybe that’s why Senator Arlen Specter has it in for him.

When did opposition to torture become the “liberal” position?  I think if someone in August of 2001 had predicted this debate everyone would have assumed it was black humor satire.

Holder wouldn’t commit to prosecuting people in the previous administration, but he didn’t rule it out either.  Senator Orin Hatch wanted a commitment from him that he would just chalk it up as “policy differences.”  He basically responded that he would need more information before making any decisions and emphasized that he didn’t want to “criminalize policy differences.”  But he also made clear that “no one is above the law.”

I would have preferred a more firm commitment to prosecute if he found lawbreaking, but I can see why the Republicans have made Holder the one nominee they want to take out.  The religious right is calling for his head.  Karl Rove has come out of retirement for just this cause.  But Senator Patrick Leahy is promising a Holder appointment.

I missed this one.  Thanx to Heraldo for covering it.

Considering that he has been skeptical of proposals to revive the Eel River Valley passage, it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with the position.


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