- Making News: Senate Moves Towards Final Passage of the Patriot Act
Some supporters are still concerned about invasions of civil liberties. Nevertheless, the Patriot Act appears on its way to being renewed in the Senate. James Kuhnhenn is Congressional Correspondent for the Knight Ridder Newspapers.
- Reporter's Notebook: Feds Want to Standardize Food Safety Regulations
Eighty percent of food-safety inspections are done by state and local agencies, many of which have tougher standards than the federal government does. Congress, without any public debate, is about to pre-empt the field in the interests of national uniformity. Some states claim they'll have to substitute weaker federal rules for their own much tougher ones. Bill Lockyer, Democratic Attorney General of California, considers what that might mean.
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