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President Bush, brushing aside bipartisan criticism in Congress, said today that he approved of spying on suspected terrorists without court orders because it is "a necessary part of my job to protect" Americans from attack.
The president said he would continue the program "for so long as the nation faces the continuing threat of an enemy that wants to kill American citizens," and added it included safeguards to protect civil liberties.
We'll get reaction to the president's prime time speech on Sunday and today's press conference from Indiana Republican Rep. Dan Burton and Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Michael Capuano.
Plus, we'll get a LIVE reaction from Iraq where "War Stories" host Oliver North will tell us how the troops responded to the president's words.
Then, the fallout continues from The New York Times' story on eavesdropping. Did the Bush administration go too far? Former Clinton National Security Council member Mark Brzenzski joins the debate!
Also, did The Times sit on the eavesdropping story to push sales of their reporter's forthcoming new book? We'll ask Brent Bozell from the Media Research Center to weigh in on that report.
These stories and much more ... don't miss "Hannity & Colmes" tonight at 9 p.m. ET!
--The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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