- Making News: Reaction to Army Paying for Good News in Iraq
The Bush White House says it-s "very concerned" that US forces are paying Iraqi newspapers to run stories secretly written by American troops. Virginia-s Republican Senator John Warner asked the Pentagon for a briefing today at his Armed Forces Committee. Jonathan Landay is covering the story for Knight-Ridder.
- Reporter's Notebook: Texas Redistricting Plan Revealed
After Tom DeLay-s reapportionment plan in Texas, Republicans won five new seats in the Congress. Now it turns out that Justice Department lawyers assigned to the case were unanimous in deciding the plan violated federal law. The federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires states with histories of discriminatory elections to submit changes in voting systems or election maps to the Department of Justice. Today-s Washington Post reports on a 73-page staff memo by six lawyers and two analysts saying new Congressional districts in Texas illegally diluted black and Hispanic voting power in that state.
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