- Making News: Senate Confirms Michael Hayden as CIA Director
When President Bush named General Michael Hayden to head the CIA, even Republicans worried out loud about the domestic eavesdropping program Hayden instituted at the National Security Agency. Yet, despite predictions of possible trouble, the Senate confirmed him last night by a vote of 78-to-15. Tim Starks reports for Congressional Quarterly.
- Reporter's Notebook: Bush and Blair Admit Mistakes at Press Conference
At a White House news conference last night, the leaders of the Anglo-American alliance conceded mistakes and misjudgments. After September 11, President Bush promised to bring back Osama bin Laden "dead or alive." After deposing Saddam Hussein, he challenged insurgents to "bring it on," all "tough talk" that "sent the wrong signals." But his biggest regret is what happened at Abu Ghraib. The New York Times' David Sanger looks at this rare moment for elected officials known for self-confidence and bravado.
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