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  • December 22, 2005  

    The House on Thursday passed a one-month extension of the USA Patriot Act, following the Senate’s six-month extension, forcing the Senate back into session Thursday evening. An expert discusses Congress’ actions and the fate of the act. Continue reading

  • December 22, 2005  

    A government request to transfer terrorism suspect Jose Padilla from military to civilian custody was rejected yesterday by an appeals court. A reporter discusses the latest developments. Continue reading

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    The Bush administration and GOP allies in the Senate on Wednesday successfully passed a bill they said would trim federal deficits by $39.7 billion over five years. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2005  

    In last minute votes on Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill to trim spending on social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and student loans but rejected a military spending bill that included a controversial provision to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2005  

    Two experts discuss how Saddam Hussein’s trial stacks up to other noted war crimes tribunals of the modern age. Continue reading

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    As results begin to take shape from Iraq’s Dec. 15 parliamentary elections, Sunni Arabs are calling the voting fraudulent, especially in the Baghdad province. Continue reading

  • December 20, 2005  

    Evo Morales was elected president of Bolivia Sunday. He has vowed to reverse a campaign financed by the U.S. to wipe out coca growing and to improve economic conditions in the poor country. Following a background report, two experts discuss Morales’ victory and the rise of populist leaders in Latin America. Continue reading

  • December 20, 2005  

    A federal judge in Dover, Pa. ruled Tuesday against teaching “intelligent design” in public schools. He said intelligent design, which credits an unseen creator with human development, has no place in a science curriculum. Following an update from a reporter, two lawyers involved in the case discuss the decision. Continue reading

  • December 20, 2005  

    The Bush administration has recently come under fire for authorizing the National Security Agency to spy on people in the United States suspected of terrorism ties. Two experts discuss the powers of NSA. Continue reading

  • December 19, 2005  

    In response to a barrage of criticism, President Bush said Monday he did not break the law when he authorized spying on Americans suspected of ties to terrorism. Following a background report, two senators discuss the use of domestic surveillance in the anti-terrorism effort. Continue reading