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Middle East Peace and a Divided Administration

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says a Palestinian state is at hand, but organizing a peace conference for next month is problematic. We hear about differences between Israel and its neighbors, and within the Bush Administration. Also, Russian President Putin has some strong words for the US and, on Reporter's Notebook, what does an insider trading case have to do with wiretapping for national defense?


Secretary Rice and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni hold a press conference at the Miniistry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.
Photo: Matty Stern, US Embassy/Tel Aviv

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The Keys to Middle East Peace ()

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has scheduled an Israeli-Palestinian peace conference for sometime next month, but not all the players have agreed to show up. Rice, who says the time has come for a Palestinian state to be founded, is shuttling around the Middle East, but Israel won't promise to address the tough issues, and the Arab states are playing hard to get. Meantime, Israel's still-mysterious midnight bombing raid on Syria last month has created problems for the Secretary of State. Syria will be crucial to regional peace, but hard liners within the Bush Administration want to get tough. Was Syria trying to build a nuclear weapon? How will last month's raid impact plans for next month's peace conference?

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Reporter's Notebook

Pre-9/11 Spying Allegation Surfaces in Telcom-Immunity Debate ()

President Bush is taking a tough stand on new rules Congress wants to establish for wiretapping, saying it's all about defending the nation in the aftermath of September 11.  Now it appears that phone companies were being asked for private information months before the attacks took place. In April, Joseph Nacchio, the former CEO of Quest, was convicted of insider trading. Newly unsealed documents from his case reveal information that relates to the ongoing wiretapping dispute. Caroline Frederickson is Director of the ACLU's legislative office in Washington.

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