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Congress Pressured to Act on 9/11 Plans

Congress is eager to show voters it’s acting on the Sept. 11 commission’s call for overhauling intelligence agencies, but turf fights, partisan rivalries and the task’s sheer complexity are sure to slow lawmakers’ work. Reflecting the momentum for change sparked last week by the commission’s widely acclaimed final report, at least nine committees are planning more than 15 hearings in what is normally a sleepy August on Capitol Hill. The first is Friday, when the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hears from commission chairman Thomas Kean, a Republican, and his Democratic deputy, Lee Hamilton. Full Story

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