"Critics accused the president of caving in again to pressure from some Republicans on a counter-terrorism issue for fear of being painted in next year's election campaign as weak and of failing to defend America.
Human Rights Watch said that by signing the bill Obama
would go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite
detention without trial in US law."
My only hope is that Obama
did what he did because he thinks his concession to the GOP won't go
through, on the grounds that it will be deemed unconstitutional by the
UPDATE: More doom.
"About 97.3 million Americans
fall into a low-income category, commonly defined as those earning
between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level, based on a new
supplemental measure by the Census Bureau that is designed to provide a
fuller picture of poverty. Together with
the 49.1 million who fall below the poverty line and are counted as
poor, they number 146.4 million, or 48 percent of the U.S. population.
That's up by 4 million from 2009, the earliest numbers for the newly
developed poverty measure."
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