U.S. Senator Rand Paul threatened on Monday to slow the approval of three Federal Reserve nominees unless the Senate agrees to vote on the Republican's bill to open monetary policy decisions to congressional audit. If Paul puts a \"hold\" on the nominees, it would require the Senate to first vote to limit debate and then to vote on final approval. Republicans regularly force the Democrats who control the chamber to hold two votes on nominees. Given that the nominees - Stanley Fischer, Lael Brainard and Jerome Powell - received unanimous and bipartisan support in the Senate Banking Committee, their eventual approval seems certain.
The United States has appealed an order from a military judge at the US jail in Guantanamo that they turn over information on secret CIA interrogation centers. In a 26-page document dated April 23 but only just declassified, top military prosecutor Mark Martins asked the judge to re-evaluate his order from April 14. In that decision, Army Colonel James Pohl ordered the government to turn over to the defense information on where accused USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd Rahim al-Nashiri was held between his capture and his arrival at Guantanamo Bay. The Saudi suspect, who faces the death penalty over the USS Cole attack and the 2002 attack on French oil tanker, the MV Limburg, endured harsh interrogation techniques between his 2002 arrest and his transfer to Guantanamo in September 2006.