But Sen. Jon Kyl recently teamed up with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to push that tradition to a new height. The two Republicans added a back-and-forth dialogue--complete with a phony interruption from a third GOP senator--on a debate regarding the detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay. And then they submitted that revised script to the Supreme Court as evidence that Congress addressed that very issue when they passed the Detainee Treatment Act, which would have affected pending cases brought by Guantanamo detainees--such as Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the one-time driver for Osama bin Laden who had challenged whether the Bush administration's military tribunals were legal. Hamdan, as SCOTUS watchers will recall, won his case a couple of weeks ago, with the Supreme Court ruling that the tribunals are illegal under military law.
As Emily Bazelon of Slate.com noted: "... (T)he justices outed two of the law's sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., for trying to manipulate the Congressional Record and the court itself. The justices weren't fooled. And they wanted the senators to know it."
Democrat Jim Pederson's campaign wasted little time in bringing the media's attention to the curious brief in several press releases.
"Kyl owes the Court, the U.S. Senate and the people of Arizona an apology for this fraud," Pederson spokesman Mark Bergman stated. "Arizona voters must be asking themselves, if Kyl is willing to be dishonest with the highest court in the land, what lengths will he go to to misrepresent the truth in a political campaign?"
An estimated 100,000 supporters of Lopez Obrador took to the streets to protest the election results, with more rallies expected this week. Lopez Obrador wants a hand recount of all 41 million ballots.
Republic reporter Dennis Wagner uncovered a letter from Charlton to a top FBI official that expressed concern about a 2002 party in a suite at the MGM Grand where "five prostitutes were hired to participate in an orgy with the men. The letter says one of the prostitutes fell unconscious because of drug or alcohol consumption and was draped naked over a chair. It says she may have been sodomized by informers and suspects, who also posed for pictures with the woman."
Wonder if that incident had anything to do with the decision by the Justice Department's Office of Public Integrity to reach plea agreements with the defendants rather than take them to trial?
Once the horse track is relocated, the county could demolish the aging grandstand and put in more soccer fields, while the city could build a community center with separate bond funds.