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  • January 23, 2006  

    White House officials launched a public defense of the National Security Agency domestic wiretap program. At the center of the defense is Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who discusses the surveillance program. Continue reading

  • January 23, 2006  

    In response to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ defense of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., called the program illegal and said it threatens civil liberties in the United States. Continue reading

  • January 20, 2006  

    A Media Unit report examines Google’s fight against a government subpoena requesting access to the search records of millions of people. Two guests discuss what the case could mean for individual privacy protection in the 21st century. Continue reading

  • January 20, 2006  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks debate the White House’s justification of domestic spying by the National Security Agency, a speech by former Vice President Al Gore condemning the program and lobbying reforms. Continue reading

  • January 20, 2006  

    The election commission in Iraq released preliminary results from parliamentary elections on Dec. 15 showing an alliance of Shiite religious parties capturing most of the body’s 275 seats but falling short of a majority needed to govern without coalition partners. Two guests discuss what this could mean for the future of Iraq. Continue reading

  • January 19, 2006   BY  

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that he would oppose the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, joining several other senior Democrats. Continue reading

  • January 19, 2006  

    The decade-long independent council investigation of former U.S. Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros ended Thursday. Cisneros was accused of lying to the FBI during his confirmation process background check about payments he made to a former mistress. Continue reading

  • January 18, 2006   BY  

    In its first abortion ruling in five years, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that a lower court was wrong in striking down a New Hampshire law requiring that a parent be notified 48 hours before a minor has an abortion. Continue reading

  • January 18, 2006  

    Democrats and Republicans announced competing bills to reform lobbying practices on Capitol Hill in the wake of a corruption scandal surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Continue reading

  • January 18, 2006  

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada discussed the Democratic plan to reform lobbying practices in Congress, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, NSA surveillance and the war in Iraq. Continue reading