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Torture Photo Suppression Amendment Stripped From War Spending Bill

Progressives in the House were by and large opposed the supplemental spending bill from the start--way before the FOIA photo suppression amendment had been tacked on to it. Between the entire GOP caucus and House progressives, the bill stalled.

Until last night, that is, when Democratic leaders stripped the Graham-Lieberman provision from the bill--a bit of red meat to progressives meant to entice them on board. There's still a question, though, of whether that concession will be enough to get the funding passed. And, of course, Graham-Lieberman might well rear its ugly head at some point down the line. I'll have a detailed post for you later today with more on the back story and the political problems the IMF amendment is still causing the White House.

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