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2006-02-09 18:46:56

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic and Republican lawmakers called on Thursday for stronger congressional oversight of President George W. Bush's domestic spying program, despite a new White House gesture of openness toward Congress. A day after the White House began sharing details of the program with the two congressional intelligence committees, Republican Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio said Congress still needed to adopt new legislation to ensure the program was legal...

2006-02-08 11:24:13

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to consider a bill to halt asbestos lawsuits and create a $140 billion fund for people suffering from asbestos-related diseases, but many hurdles to the bill's approval remained. For years, asbestos fibers were widely used for their insulating and fire-retardant capabilities, but they are linked to lung-scarring diseases, including cancer. Hundreds of thousands of asbestos injury claims...

2006-02-07 19:53:37

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to consider a bill to halt asbestos lawsuits and create a $140 billion fund for people suffering from asbestos-related diseases, but many hurdles to the bill's approval remained. For years, asbestos fibers were widely used for their insulating and fire-retardant capabilities, but they are linked to lung-scarring diseases, including cancer. Hundreds of thousands of asbestos injury claims have been...

2006-02-07 13:37:36

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Military veterans and victims of asbestos-related diseases fanned out in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to plead for and against an asbestos compensation bill ahead of a Senate vote that aides said was too close to call. For years, asbestos fibers were widely used for their insulating and fire-retardant capabilities, but they are linked to lung-scarring diseases, including cancer. Hundreds of thousands of asbestos injury claims have been filed,...

2006-02-07 16:46:30

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Military veterans and victims of asbestos-related diseases fanned out in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to plead for and against an asbestos compensation bill ahead of a Senate vote that aides said was too close to call. For years, asbestos fibers were widely used for their insulating and fire-retardant capabilities, but they are linked to lung-scarring diseases, including cancer. Hundreds of thousands of asbestos injury claims have been filed,...

2006-02-06 19:38:14

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales failed on Monday to convince the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and other lawmakers that President Bush had the legal authority to conduct warrantless eavesdropping against U.S. citizens. At a daylong Senate hearing, Gonzales doggedly defended the National Security Agency's surveillance of international phone calls and e-mails as an indispensable "early warning system" against terrorist...

2006-02-06 17:29:38

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic senators tangled on Monday with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over his defense of the Bush administration's electronic eavesdropping program, with one accusing him of skirting all questions relevant to the congressional probe. Gonzales called the National Security Agency surveillance of phone calls and e-mail without a warrant an indispensable "early warning system" against attacks, but skeptical senators, including some...

2006-02-06 17:31:32

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate set a vote for Tuesday on whether to consider a bill to halt asbestos lawsuits as senators hurled verbal brickbats over the legislation and the intense lobbying it has engendered. "I can't stand this legislation," fumed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who opposed Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's attempt to bring the bill up for debate on Monday. Asbestos fibers are linked to lung-scarring diseases,...

2006-02-06 14:27:49

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday defended the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program as an indispensable "early warning system" against attacks, denying accusations the White House had broken the law. "The terrorist surveillance program is necessary. It is lawful and it respects the civil liberties we all cherish," Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee as Republican and Democratic members questioned the...

2006-02-06 11:51:36

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday strongly defended the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program as an indispensable "early warning system" against attacks, denying accusations the White House had broken the law. "The terrorist surveillance program is necessary. It is lawful and it respects the civil liberties we all cherish," Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee as Republican and Democratic members questioned...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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