A law specifically banning cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of foreign suspects in the war on terror has been accepted by the White House. Read the whole story here

The congressional officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to pre-empt an expected announcement later in the day at the White House, possibly by
President Bush and McCain.

These officials also cautioned the agreement was encountering opposition in the House from Rep. Duncan Hunter R-Calif., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. A spokesman for Hunter said negotiations were ongoing.

Hunter’s reticence to agree to a ban on torture should come as no surprise. It was Hunter who spearheaded the pre Thanksgiving GOP ‘let’s stick it to Jack Murtha because the troops can take care of themselves’ resolution that had Jean Schmidt calling Murtha a coward.

Update: House defies Bush and backs McCain – NY Times