President Bush, the Democrats and the Fear of Terror

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Alleged violations of privacy in the war on terror helped the Democrats win last November, but last week, both houses of Congress expanded the President's power of electronic surveillance. Were the new Democratic majorities out-maneuvered by a lame-duck president?  We look at the politics and the substance. Plus, new questions about the stability of Iraq's Shiite-dominated central government and, on Reporter's Notebook, from California—six months before the first presidential primaries--a new challenge to America's voting systems.

Banner image: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a signing ceremony for the Improving America’s Security Act of 2007. Joining Reid are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (D-CT).

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