NPR NEWS 2008-02-16
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President Bush says he will put off a long planned trip to
The Senate and House have approved two different measures that would continue the program. The difference is the Senate has included immunity for phone companies that face lawsuits charging they illegally turned over records to the government after 9/11. The House does not have immunity in its bill. The president wants House lawmakers to drop their objections and go along with the Senate plan. "Republicans and Democrats in the Senate can put partisanship aside, and pass a good bill. There is no reason why the House can not do the same, and pass the Senate bill immediately." The current surveillance legislation expires on Saturday, but the president could continue the program until this summer. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.
Republican presidential rivals Mitt Romney and John McCain have put aside their differences. Romney endorsed McCain yesterday and says he will ask his delegates to support the Arizona Senator. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Romney and McCain fought a sometimes bitter battle during the GOP primary, but that was mostly forgotten when the two men appeared together in
Democrat Hillary Clinton has been named the winner of the
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Angry Republicans boycotted a House vote yesterday, as two confidants of President Bush were held in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into the firings of federal prosecutors. The vote was 223-32 to hold White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. Republicans walked out to a podium waiting on the Capitol steps. Minority leader John Boehner said the House needed to be working on a foreign intelligence surveillance bill. Democrats said they were acting to protect the constitutional responsibilities of Congress in the system of checks and balances.
The head of the United Auto Workers union says he expects at least 15,000 workers to leave General Motors in its latest round of buyouts. From Michigan Radio, Dustin Dwyer reports.
Last year, the UAW signed a new contract with GM that allows the company to hire about 16,000 new workers at half the wage the company currently pays. But to get in the new lower paid workers, GM has to convince current workers to leave. So now it is offering incentives worth up to 140,000 dollars for workers to give up their jobs. UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says he expects between 15 and 20 thousand workers to accept the deals. A GM spokesman says workers will get more details on the buyouts in the coming weeks. They will then have 45 days to decide whether to accept. Similar buyout programs are already underway at Ford and Chrysler. For NPR News, I'm Dustin Dwyer in
I'm Paul Brown, NPR News, Washington.
bedlam: a situation where there is a lot of noise and confusion[ 本帖最后由 Lavi 于 2008-2-29 11:04 编辑 ]
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