From American Progress:
The American public "can barely stand the thought of President Bush" anymore. His approval rating is now at just 30 percent, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll, "including an all-time low in his support by Republicans." Congress's approval also dropped to 22 percent.
Military authorities at Guantanamo Bay have lost a year's worth of records detailing the confinement of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver. Hamdan's lawyers say the records would "support their argument that prolonged isolation and harassment at the Guantanamo prison have mentally impaired him."
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said in a statement yesterday that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement head Julie Myers "deserved to be confirmed," but added that he is "concerned about the Department's response to the incident" after the release of controversial photos of Myers.
Yesterday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused to answer the question of whether or not he had been instructed by the President not to enforce the subpoenas of Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten.
While John McCain is superior to Bush on climate change, he is still not the type of leader the world requires. "He is a conservative who happens to be on the only intellectually defensible side of the climate change debate," writes Joe Romm, "but he is still a conservative, and the vast majority of the solutions to global warming are progressive in nature -- they require strong government action, including major federal efforts to spur clean technology."
Legislation to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "is headed toward Senate passage early next week" after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "pushed back key votes." The telecom immunity measure would also "likely be put off until next week."
And finally: "The State Department is defeating terrorism one 'strong, engaging' online video at a time." The State Department's Office of Public Diplomacy is "looking for an extra $36 million in 2009," in order to boost its Video Production Team" and create "strong, engaging web-based video that communicates key U.S. values and counters terrorist ideologies." Want an example of the office's work? Watch its "video report" on Obama Girl and the "Hillary 1984" ad here.