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This Week: Unanswered Questions
This Week
September 12, 2003


This week on NOW:

Two years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, thousands of families are still wondering what could have been done to save their loved ones. Critics of the Administration's investigation wonder how basic information has still not been provided and are curious about the pages omitted from the 9/11 report only recently released. NOW profiles four New Jersey widows demanding answers to questions about what our government knew before and after the terrorist attacks and what's being done to protect us today. Former Congressmen Tom Roemer, who was on the Congressional Intelligence Committee which studied 9/11 and is now part of a new investigation, says of the widows, "One of the of most influential things that they did for me was not only dig into facts and give me knowledge, but really inspire me. Both with their effort to move forward and say, 'We're not giving up. We will never give up. We are going to make government be accountable and we are going to get answers.'"

On Monday, the Supreme Court held a special session to hear arguments on constitutionality of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law. In the wake of this hearing, NOW interviews Federal Election Commissioner Scott Thomas, a strong supporter of the campaign finance reform law who has been at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for 28 years. Last month Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that they would not recommend his reappointment to the FEC, instead leaning toward Robert Lenhard, one of the lawyers opposing in federal court the constitutionality of key provisions of the new campaign finance law. Thomas discusses why, after heavily supporting the McCain-Feingold law, his party members are now recommending Lenhard's nomination, and how this may be indicative of how much pressure the Democrats feel to give into soft money contributions.

David Brancaccio interviews international financier George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who has donated more than $4 billion dollars of his fortune to promote democracy and civil reform in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Recently, Soros turned his attention to politics here in the US. His opposition to President Bush has led Soros to donate $10 million to an organization aimed at mobilizing voters. Soros talks candidly about the US role in Iraq and why he believes American foreign policy is disastrously off course.

In Depth

Statue of Liberty

9/11 Widows Speak Up

The 9/11 Questions


Statue of Justice
The 9/11 Commission

Campaign Finance in the Supreme Court


Soldier at war
Campaign Finance on NOW

Lori Grinker's Photos of the U.S.S. Comfort


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Unanswered Questions
Producers: William Brangham & Andrew Fredericks
Correspondent: Daniel Zwerdling
Editor: Kathi Black

Money and Politics
Producer: Peter Meryash
Correspondent: David Brancaccio
Editor: Vincent Liota


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