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An Iraq Debate Has Finally Begun on Capitol Hill

Congress has taken up where the Senate left off and has begun debate on the President's increase of troops in Iraq. By proposing only a non-binding resolution, the Democrats are getting heat from both the Left and the Right. How many Republicans will go along?  Does Congress have the power to cut off the money?  Plus, North Korea agrees to a phased shutdown of its nuclear program in exchange for aid and oil. On Reporter's Notebook, sea lions and dolphins may go on patrol against terrorist swimmers and divers.

Making News

North Korea Agrees to Close Nuclear Reactor for Oil ()

At the six-party talks in Beijing, North Korea has agreed to a phased shutdown of its nuclear program in exchange for aid, including tons of fuel oil.  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the agreement a positive move by Pyongyang, but former UN Ambassador John Bolton, long-time critic of North Korea, calls it a "very bad deal." Warren Stroble is Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the McClatchy News Service.

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  • Warren Strobel: Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers

Main Topic

House of Representatives Begins Debating the Iraq Buildup ()

Just two sentences long, it's a "non-binding resolution," which supports US troops in Iraq, but it goes on to say, "Congress disapproves" of President Bush's deployment of more than 20,000 additional forces. Debate will go on for 36 hours. While nobody doubts the resolution will pass, one big question is how many Republicans will go along. Mantime, the President's supporters are challenging Democrats to cut off the money. Is the new majority being politically prudent or cowardly? We hear from journalists, Democratic Congressmen, experts in constitutional law, public policy and defense, including a former Pentagon official.

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Reporter's Notebook

Dolphins and Sea Lions, Latest Tool against Terrorist Attack ()

Submarines, ships and laboratories at the Kitsap-Bangor Navy Base in Puget Sound are considered vulnerable to attack by terrorist swimmers and divers. So the base near Seattle may be getting a new security patrol.  Dolphins and sea lions have been trained to find swimmers and scuba divers who are in the wrong place at the wrong time and, according to the Navy Marine Mammal Program, attach ropes to the suspects, who can then be reeled in for questioning. Ken Balcomb is Executive Director of the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor on Washington's San Juan Islands.

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  • Ken Balcomb: Executive Director of the Center for Whale Research

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