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Senators of both parties are less than impressed by what Attorney General Alberto Gonzales plans to tell their committee tomorrow.  As influential conservatives call for Gonzales to step down, we'll hear about Karl Rove, missing e-mails and the role of politics in the administration of justice.  Also, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered six cabinet ministers to quit the Iraqi government and, on Reporter's Notebook, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt want to develop nuclear power. Is it for energy or to counter Iran?

Producers:
Vanessa Romo
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner

Making News Gunman Kills 22 at Virginia Tech

At least 22 people killed today, some of them students, in two shootings at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  The tragedy is thought to be called the deadliest shooting ever at an American university.  We get an update from reporter Lindsay Nair of the Roanoke Times.

Guests:
Lindsay Nair, Reporter for the Roanoke Times

Main Topic Alberto Gonzales Preps for Senate Hearing

Advance copies of what Alberto Gonzales will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow have failed to silence his critics. Alberto Gonzales has released the 25-page opening statement he plans to read tomorrow to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  It says he has "nothing to hide," that no US attorney was fired "for an improper reason," and that he "never sought to mislead the Congress or the American people."   Republican Senator Arlen Specter questions whether Gonzales is "capable of administering the Department of Justice."  Democrat Charles Schumer says the hearing will "make or break" the Attorney General. It's all about Gonzales' role in firing US attorneys. What did politics have to do with it?  What about Karl Rove and missing White house e-mails?

Guests:
Bruce Fein, attorney
Michael Isikoff, NBC News (@IsikoffNBC)
Alexis Simendinger, White House Reporter for the National Journal
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Bruce Montgomery, Director of Archives at the University of Colorado, Bolder
David Rivkin, writer and attorney (@DavidRivkin)

Reporter's Notebook Interest in Nuclear Power Rising in Oil-Rich Middle East

Iran has been much in the news because of its progress in developing nuclear technology.   Now some of its neighbors--Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt, among them--are doing the same thing.  Do they want electricity or something more?  Charles Ferguson, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is author of its forthcoming report, 'Nuclear Energy: Balancing Benefits and Risks.'

Guests:
Charles Ferguson, Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

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