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Haynes Holdup



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The Hill reports that Republican Senator Lindsay Graham is holding up the nomination of William Haynes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Graham denies placing a secret hold on the nomination, saying “I’m going to take them one at a time.” The Hill suggests Graham is blocking Haynes because his confirmation is opposed by Senator John McCain, and because a floor debate on Haynes would require the Republicans to defend some of the administration’s policies on the treatment of enemy combatants due to Haynes’ position in the Defense Department.



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