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Here's a review of what was on the rundown for Thursday, August 22:

A Palestinian-born professor says the University of South Florida has it all wrong. Sami Al-Arian denies that he is tied to terror and predicts that efforts to have him fired will fail
•   Robert McKee, Al-Arian's attorney

One senator says an attack is imminent and that President Bush could give the order to take out Saddam Hussein in the next 30 days
•   Sen. James Inhofe, R-Olka.

The president believes there needs to be new forest-management policies, but not everybody agrees with him
•   Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon

The Justice Department is tightening the noose in the Enron scandal.  The Feds are using pretty aggressive tactics to seize bank accounts, ones normally saved for drug dealers
•   Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

Folks who lost loved ones on Sept. 11 are taking on the Saudis in a trillion-dollar lawsuit, claiming they bankrolled the attacks. In response, some Saudi investors are threatening to take out their cash from our economy
•   Stephen Schwartz of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

September 11 Victim Compensation Fund is now officially ready to roll. A group of nine families have accepted the government aid, which ranges from $300,000 to $33 million
•   Kenneth Feinberg of September 11 Victim Compensation Fund

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