And now, the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest footnotes to the American war on terrorism. Pollsters for The Washington Post and ABC News tried the question three different ways, but the response was always the same.
A large majority of the public supports the use of military courts to try terrorism suspects.
First, the pollsters asked if they should be tried in, "a special military tribunal." Fifty-nine percent favored that. Then the question was changed to "a special military tribunal where trials can be closed to the Public, with a military judge and there's no right to appeal." Fifty-eight percent favored that. And when the description was "a special military tribunal which Bush favors," 64 percent in favor of that.
The Democrat Party strongly supports strong campaign finances regulation, especially when it comes to the so-called soft money.
So who were those guys asking the federal election commission to suspend regulations on how soft money could be spent? Why, it was the Democratic National Committee -- which said it needed a break because the September 11th atrocities had forced the party to postpone at least eight fundraisers. The Federal Election Commission today turned the request down.
And speaking of request for relief, a London-based Muslim cleric, described as Usama bin Laden's European ambassador, has tried unsuccessfully to get a British court to reinstate his welfare payments of about $350 a month.
The man, Ubu Katara (ph), has been sentenced to death in absentia in Jordan for his role in a series of bomb attacks there, one of which killed a young girl. He lost his British welfare payments after a police raid on his home in February, which found he was hiding more than $250,000. He later claimed that he was left destitute after being named a suspected al Qaeda terrorist, following the September 11th massacres.
The college town of Corvallis, Oregon, has now joined the city of Portland in refusing to help in the Justice Department's nationwide program of interviewing foreign visitors.
The Portland city attorney said such interviews would violate state law. But the state attorney general has issued a contradictory opinion, and now rank-and-file police officers are upset. Police Sergeant Robert King said, "we're very disturbed that we're standing virtually alone in the nation." The ACLU, though, has praised the Portland decision, calling the interview program a fishing expedition.