Topics: Dec. 22

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• The suspense over the Patriot Act continues as last night's agreement falls apart and leaders scramble for a way to keep parts of the law from expiring next week. Carl Cameron has the late-breaking details.

• And Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on an unannounced holiday season visit to Iraq, hinted that the U.S. would soon begin a modest, additional reduction in troop levels by canceling the scheduled deployment of two Army brigades. Bret Baier has a report.

• Also, the trial of Saddam Hussein has been adjourned until Jan. 24. Greg Palkot has the details from the court today in Baghdad.

• The long fight over whether to drill for oil in an Alaska wildlife refuge is nowhere near an end. But attempts to open the refuge to oil development — one of President Bush's top energy priorities — received another setback, as the Senate refused to include the drilling measure in a must-pass defense-spending bill. Major Garrett has more from a very late night in the U.S. Senate.

• It's rare for politicians to threaten to take money away from the states they represent, but five Republican members of Congress from North Carolina are trying to use federal highway funds as leverage to force their home state to crack down on illegal immigration. Jonathan Serrie has a report.

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