Cnet News has an excellent article about the recent vote on telco immunity:
The vote was on an amendment to deny AT&T and other telecommunications companies legal immunity if they are proven in court to have violated federal privacy law by opening their networks to the National Security Agency.
Obama voted for the Amendment. McCain voted against – despite have stated previously that it is important to uphold the “rule of law” even when dealing with terrorism.
Clinton didn’t vote.
A schedule provided by her campaign shows Clinton in El Paso, Texas, for a “Solutions for America” rally beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. But the Senate vote was at 11:03 a.m. ET, giving her plenty of time to attend both events. Obama and McCain both face similarly taxing schedules in advance of the March 4 Texas primary, but they took the time to show up.
I have expressed concern about Clinton’s absence from the Senate for the past 6 or so months whenever I’ve called her office and this non-vote puts me completely on the side of Obama, with no ifs, ands, or buts. And you know what, McCain may be a “national hero” but he’s not honest when it comes to standing against corporate or religious-right-wing-nut-job interests (as in the case of his groveling to regain Falwell’s good graces).