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Spying Reform Bill Is Tottering

Politically sensitive immigration provisions and opposition from the Pentagon are threatening to derail a high-priority bill to consolidate authority over the nation’s intelligence system, House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday. Negotiators are due to meet for the first time today in a session that could determine whether the measure will be passed before the election — as President Bush and many lawmakers have urged — or delayed until next year. “Clearly, not as much has happened by now as I had wished,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), who coauthored the Senate version of the bill. If no progress is made at today’s session, he said, “it is going to be hard to get something done before the election. And that is a terrible lost opportunity.” Full Story

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