- Making News: President Bush Says Troops in Iraq to Move to Baghdad
President Bush and Nouri al-Maliki met today at the White House. Despite six weeks of security crackdown in Baghdad, the widespread violence continues. President Bush says more American troops will work with Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, the city now seen as the key to holding Iraq together. We look at US support for the war with Peter Baker of the Washington Post and hear about the challenges of dealing with Iraqi security forces infused with sectarian militias from Edward Wong, who's in Baghdad for the New York Times.
- Reporter's Notebook: Bush May Face Lawsuit over Bill-Signing Statements
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) says Congress should be able to sue the President in federal court and he's drawn up a bill to make that a reality. President Bush has issued between 750 and 800 so-called "signing statements" indicating that new laws might be unconstitutional. The American Bar Association says that in itself violates the constitutional requirement that presidents either sign a bill, cast a veto or take no action at all. Charlie Savage first revealed the practice in the pages of the Boston Globe.
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