- The Supreme Court strikes down the Bush Administration’s plan to try Guantanamo detainees before military commissions, as violative of both U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions. [NYT, WSJ, USAT, WP]
- The Court’s ruling places constitutional limits on Bush’s use of executive power in the war on terror and raises questions concerning how the Guantanamo Bay detainees’ cases should now be handled. Republicans are hoping to craft a legislative fix. [WP, NYT, LAT]
- As midterm elections approach, Senate Republicans are trying to figure out how to move forward on immigration reform and reach a compromise with their colleagues in the House. [WP]
- The House Republicans’ aggressive stance on immigration may harm Bush’s effort to improve the GOP’s standing with Latino voters. [WP]
- The House passes a resolution condemning the media’s recent disclosure of the Administration’s bank records surveillance program. [NYT]
- The laptop computer stolen from a Veteran Affairs employee has been recovered; personal information of veterans and military personnel apparently not accessed. [WP, NYT]
- Senate leaders will schedule a vote on proposed legislation that would relax Bush’s restrictions on stem cell research; Bush has promised to veto it if passed. [WP]
- NSA database of domestic telephone calls contains gaps; cooperation of telecommunications companies may have been less extensive than originally reported. [USAT]
December 9, 2013
Daily Briefing: Tensions Between the Branches
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