The Obama administration, siding with the Bush White House, contended Friday that detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.
In a two-sentence court filing, the Justice Department said it agreed that detainees at Bagram Airfield cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their detention. The filing shocked human rights attorneys.
When President Obama touted reform of the bankruptcy code while unveiling his foreclosure prevention program earlier this week, it wasn’t much of a surprise. He had advocated allowing judges to modify troubled loans several times before, including during the presidential campaign.
BEIJING, Feb. 20 — Human rights violations by China cannot block the possibility of significant cooperation between Washington and Beijing on the global economic crisis, climate change and security threats such as North Korea’s nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.
Less than a week after signing the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history, President Obama is turning his attention to the nation’s long-term financial condition with an unprecedented effort to rein in government spending.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood suggested yesterday that the Obama administration might embrace a new and controversial way to pay for highway and transit projects: charging motorists a tax for every mile they drive.