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In the House of Representatives, the debate is over at last.  The resolution opposing the President's increase of troops in Iraq is expected to pass later today. Since the President plans to ignore it, what happens next?  We'll look at the options and the prospects for action that's "binding."   Also, Italy will try 26 US citizens, most of them CIA, in a case of "extraordinary rendition" and, on Reporter's Notebook, why is the Bush Justice Department firing prosecutors?

Main Topic After the Non-Binding Iraq Resolution? 34 MIN, 36 SEC

With the Senate paralyzed this week, the Congress took up the issue of President Bush's increase of 21,500 troops in Iraq.  Beginning on Tuesday, every Republican and Democrat got the chance to speak out on a two-sentence resolution declaring support for the troops but opposition to the increase or "surge."  With the resolution expected to pass today, the only question is how many Republicans will go along. Since, "non-binding" means there's no requirement on President Bush, and he's already said he'll pay no attention, Democrats--and some Republicans--are under rank-and-file pressure to end the war. What do they do now? Can they cut off the money? Create a "political climate" the president can't ignore or, by that time, will the troop increase already have happened?

John Donnelly, Reporter for Congressional Quarterly
Gordon Adams, American University / Foreign Policy magazine (@Gadams1941)
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)
Charlie Bass, former Congressman (R-NH)

Reporter's Notebook Democrats Question Firing of Seven US Attorneys 8 MIN, 8 SEC

The Justice Department admits that the US Attorney in Arkansas was dismissed to make way for a former aide to White House advisor Karl Rove. Democrats in the Senate are asking questions about the forced resignations of six other prosecutors, including Carol Lam in San Diego, California, whose work led to former Republican Congressman Randy Cunningham's imprisonment for conspiracy and tax evasion. On Tuesday, Lam secured two grand jury indictments--against a businessman with ties to Republican politicians and the former number-three officer in the CIA. Laurie Levenson, former US Attorney in Los Angeles, is now Professor of Law at Loyola Law School.

Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School (@LoyolaLawSchool)

Making News Italy Charges 26 Americans, Mostly CIA Officers, with Kidnapping 6 HR, 10 MIN

Twenty-six US citizens, most of them in the CIA, have been ordered to stand trial in Italy.  It's a case of "extraordinary rendition," in which an Egyptian cleric was seized on the streets of Milan and taken to Egypt, where he says he was tortured.  The former head of Italy's secret service has also been charged.  Stephen Grey is author of Ghost Plane: the True Story of the CIA Torture Program.

Stephen Grey, Freelance journalist, based in London, England

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