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04/19/2007


Senator John McCain Played Poker on iPhone During Syria Hearing

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Senator John McCain was caught by a Washington Post photographer playing poker on his iPhone during hearings over possible military action in Syria.

Buzzfeed's John Passantino tweeted the high-res.

UPDATE: McCain responds: "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!"


John Boehner, Eric Cantor Support Military Strikes Against Syria: VIDEO

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GOP House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are getting behind President Obama's plan for military strikes against Syria, following a White House meeting on Tuesday.

Said Boehner outside the White House: "I appreciate the president reaching out to me and my colleagues in the Congress over the last couple of weeks. I also appreciate the president asking the Congress to support him in this action...I am going to support the president's call for action,” he told reporters. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action."

Said Cantor in a statement following Boehner's press conference: "I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. While the authorizing language will likely change, the underlying reality will not. America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States."

Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain have also thrown their support behind military action:

McCain said U.S. credibility would be "shredded" internationally if Congress thwarts a president after he has already committed to military action.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who also took part in the meeting, said he and McCain would like to see a more sustained military effort but that he intended to support the authorization plan that emerges.

Graham said "a pretty solid plan" was emerging from the administration "upgrade the opposition" and to "degrade" Assad's regime. "We don't want endless war... We want sustainable security. And Syria is a cancer that's growing in the region."

Watch Boehner speak to reporters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart Demolishes 'Hypocrite' John McCain and His 'Junior High School-Level Pettiness': VIDEO

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Senator John McCain has had this lashing from Jon Stewart over his Hagel hypocrisy coming to him for months, and last night he finally got it.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Harry Reid on Immigration Reform: 'Gay Folks...Should Be Protected' - VIDEO

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Steve mentioned this interview in his round-up yesterday but I thought I'd post the clip of Harry Reid telling George Stephanopoulos that same-sex families need to be included in immigration reform.

Via Think Progress:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): One of the other big issues, the President said he wants gay and lesbians to be able to have a family preference. Senator McCain has said we shouldn’t come up with legislation for what he calls social issues.

REID: If we have gay folks in this country who have children, or they come from some other place they should be protected just like any other child.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s the position the Republicans are saying that’s too heavy to lift.

REID: If they’re looking for an excuse not to support this legislation, this is another one, but the American people are past excuses. They want this legislation passed.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, Senator John McCain is trying to do just that: Mccain

But congressional Republicans immediately condemned the idea and warned that the measure imperils broader immigration reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the senators on the eight-member bipartisan working group on immigration, said at a Politico breakfast last week that injecting social issues into the debate over immigration legislation “is the best way to derail it.”

“Which is more important: LGBT or border security?” McCain said, using an abbreviation for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “I’ll tell you what my priorities are.”

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John McCain Says Including Gays in Immigration Reform 'Not of Paramount Importance' - VIDEO

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Asked about Obama's reported plans to include binational same-sex couples in his immigration reform proposal, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told CBS News This Morning that he sees that issue as a "red flag" that "is not of paramount importance at this time," Think Progress reports.

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