Congressional Republicans have been outraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken to basing decisions on international law. But when it comes to changing the rules of the Senate, they seem perfectly happy to act like Europeans.
While the FBI and CIA have successfully knocked down most of the “wall” that was partly blamed for failure to detect and thwart the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the agencies are still at odds over who has a “need to know” top-secret intelligence reports.
At the outset of his second term, Bush expressed a desire to recapture a degree of bipartisanship. In his Jan. 20 inaugural address, the president acknowledged that the nation has “known divisions, which must be healed to move forward in great purposes – and I will strive in good faith to heal them.” But he hasn’t reached that goal _ at least during the first 100 days of his second term. Instead, he has found himself engaged in an all-out political war with Democrats with two major issues – overhauling Social Security and confirmation of judicial appointments – dominating his time.