So despite some intial headlines on the WH reaching a deal on the torture bill it seem the "deal" is a bunch of crap. TPM:
The senate won't formally reinterpret the Geneva Convention or explicitly sanction the president's torture policies. But they'll allow him to keep using them.
That's the compromise.
Some things you can cut a deal on and some things you can't. I want to spend 10 billion on Education you want to spend 5. 7.5 is the deal we are going to do.
But if one side wants torture and the other side doesn't the deal can't be the United States tortures people three day a week and every other Thursday. Either we throw away our basic values or we don't.