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At the request of House Republicans, Congress on Thursday held a closed-door session to debate the FISA warrantless eavesdropping bill. The last time a closed-door session occurred was in 1983, when lawmakers convened in secret to discuss clandestine U.S. support of Contra paramilitaries in Nicaragua.

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Former revolutionary and U.S. foe Daniel Ortega is headed toward victory in Nicaragua's presidential election. Like other leftist leaders who've found success in Latin America, Ortega campaigned against "savage capitalism" and poverty.

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