Vice President Cheney said today the US and other nations are sending a message: "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon." Iran has offered to suspend full-scale nuclear fuel enrichment for two years, if it's allowed to continue research with a "pilot project." In Vienna this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency is trying to decide if Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions. The US and Europe insist that there is to be no enrichment at all; China and Russia are calling for compromise. Is confrontation the best way to deal with Iran? Would constructive engagement better serve America's interests? If Iran's defiance continues, is there a military option?
Congressional Race (22nd District):
- Making News: Ex-CFO Testifies at Enron Trial
In the Enron trial of Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, a key witness has taken the stand today: Andrew Fastow, former Chief Financial Officer, who's pleaded guilty to felony crimes himself. Kurt Eichenwald, who is in Houston for the New York Times, says that while Fastow's testimony is revealing, it's also troublingly imprecise.
- Reporters Notebook: Texans Go to the Polls
Tom DeLay lost his Congressional leadership job when he was indicted for laundering campaign money. Today he faces three challengers in the Texas Republican primary. DeLay's district, which includes the Johnson Space Center, is centered in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston and the fastest growing city in Texas. Wayne Slater, senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News, looks at two closely watched races.
Tom DeLay's re-election campaign Tom Campbell's campaign Nick Lampson's campaign
Rick Perry's re-election campaign Kinky Friedman's campaign Carole Strayhorn's campaign
Eichenwald's article on importance of Fastow as government witness
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Director General Mohamed ElBaradei briefs IAEA Board on Iran nuclear issue
Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK)
Gaffney's (Washington Times) article on US-India deal spelling the death of the Non-Proliferation Treaty
Slater's article on Independents' push to get on Texas ballot
Houston Chronicle Poll on DeLay