BIG BILL

Obama Phones It In

Obama wrangled a victory on the Senate floor yesterday—through the speaker on Rahm Emanuel’s cell phone. After Obama assured senators that he would block the release of controversial photos of Gitmo detainees, they passed a $105.9 billion wartime spending bill on Thursday with surprisingly little debate. After John McCain took to the floor on Thursday to demand that Obama “stand up to the left wing in his party” and not release the pictures, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid reassured everyone, saying that “The pictures are not going to be released” – no matter what was in the war spending bill.