The most surprising thing about Friday’s vote by lawmakers in Albany to make New York America’s sixth and largest state where gays can marry one another is not that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a patient display of vote-counting that would have impressed Lyndon Johnson, peeled off enough Republican Senators to pass his bill.
Updated: March 11, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
Still struggling to line up the 60 votes that are needed to overcome a potential filibuster of health care reform, Senate majority leader Harry Reid sent a strong signal on Tuesday that President Obama is unlikely to be signing his top domestic priority into law this year, as Democrats had hoped. “We’re not going to be bound by timelines,” Reid told reporters as he emerged from a weekly lunch with Democratic Senators.
Are you ready for Abu Ghraib, Act II? Five years ago, people around the world were sickened by photographs that surfaced showing U.S. troops abusing Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.