Major news outlets have covered Sen. Lindsey Graham's work on what he calls "big issues" prominently in recent weeks:
"At a time when voters are clamoring for bipartisan cooperation in Washington, this unlikely pairing of White House chief of staff (Rahm Emanuel) and Southern senator (Lindsey Graham) represents one of the highest-level conduits between the polarized political parties."
Politico, March 1, 2010
"To the dismay (and sometimes outright anger) of his fellow Republicans, Graham has advised the president on how to handle touchy political issues, including closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing terror suspects to justice. Joe Biden invited him over for steaks at the vice president's residence, where he asked Graham for help winning Republican support for the surge in Afghanistan."
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Newsweek, March 5, 2010
"The White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who opposed Mr. Holder's decision, has been negotiating a potential deal with Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. Mr. Graham is offering to provide some Republican support for closing the Guantanamo prison, but wants the Sept. 11 trial put back in a military commission."
New York Times, March 5, 2010
"Top Obama advisers have been negotiating with Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) -- a vocal critic of trying the Sept. 11 suspects in civilian court -- in pursuit of a deal that would secure his help in closing Guantanamo."
Washington Post, March 5, 2010
"President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is deep in negotiations with Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham over where and how to try confessed 9/11 ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed."
Time magazine, March 9, 2010
"In exchange for the concessions on civilian trials from Democrats, Mr. Graham will help secure funding to purchase a little-used prison in Thomson, Ill., and refurbish it as a federal maximum-security facility with a military courthouse. Senate Democratic aides say Mr. Graham believes two other Republicans are willing to join the compromise, but they would not say who.
Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2010
"Graham is positioned to make or break any immigration bill."
Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2010
"Mr. Kerry's partner in promoting global warming legislation, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, pronounced economy-wide cap and trade dead last month and has since been working with Mr. Kerry to try to patch together a bill that satisfies the diverse economic, regional and ideological interests of the Senate."
New York Times, March 25, 2010