- Making News: Patriot Act Renewal Fails to Pass
President Bush lobbied hard for re-authorization of Patriot Act provisions scheduled to expire at the end of the year, but Republicans failed to stop a threatened filibuster and the bill died today in the Senate. Bobby Block is Homeland Security Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
- Reporter's Notebook: Report of NSA Spying Prompts Call for Probe
Last night the New York Times reported that President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on people inside the US without court-approved warrants. We hear more about this allegation and about a recent Pentagon promise to investigate reports of the military gathering information on legal peace protesters who pose no threat to US security, from former investigative reporter James Bamford, author of Body of Secrets and the Post's Bill Arkin, who has revealed some 1500 incidents on his Early Warning blog and on NBC News.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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