Topics: Dec. 16

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• The Senate upholds the filibuster on the Patriot Act, dealing the president a major post 9-11 setback. A handful of Republicans joined nearly all Democrats to stymie the bill. Parts of the act dealing with surveillance and records searches may expire on Dec. 31 unless the White House retreats and accepts a three-month extension. Major Garrett has a report.

• Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials. Carl Cameron has more.

• And President Bush reversed course Thursday and accepted a Senate-approved measure to ban cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of terrorism suspects by U.S. interrogators. Bret Baier takes a closer look at the torture agreement between Sen. John McCain and the White House.

• Then, Republicans in the House once again rejected calls for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. Their resolution says the House is committed "to achieving victory in Iraq" and that setting an "artificial timetable" would be "inconsistent with achieving victory." Steve Centanni has more.

• And as many as 11 million Iraqis, of the nation's 15 million registered voters, took part in yesterday's historic election. Minority Sunni Arabs swelled the turnout in Iraq's largely peaceful election, reversing a previous poll boycott that only increased their loss of power after the fall of Saddam. Officials said it could take at least two weeks before final results are announced. Greg Palkot reports from Baghdad.

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