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Extension of the 9/11 Panel Is Said to Hinge on Speaker

The Senate is expected to approve legislation within days to extend the life of the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, with commission members and Republican lawmakers vowing on Thursday to press Speaker J. Dennis Hastert to drop his plans to block the measure in the House. The 10-member commission has warned that without a two-month extension of the deadline for its final report, now set by law at May 27, the panel will not be able to complete its investigation, which focuses in part on intelligence and law enforcement blunders in the weeks and months before the 2001 terrorist attacks. After some initial reluctance to support an extension, the White House agreed this month to endorse the two-month delay requested by the panel, known formally as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Full Story

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