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House Democrats are on a legislative roll, but the security bill they just passed by a wide margin is expected to meet with tougher opposition in the Senate. The legislation would implement recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, including beefing up port security.

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The House committee votes 62-2 to block the White House from allowing the UAE to acquire six major US ports At the same time, however, Senate Republicans handed the president a victory by approving a plan to allow Bush to spy without warrants The New York Times says "rebellion" is in the air, but that's mostly because of the ports The spying program, although under some Senate control, is basically a win for Bush.

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We learned last week that the Coast Guard had warned of terrorist infiltration of the UAE, the country angling to take over control of major U.S. ports. The White House assured us that those warnings had been addressed. Now Sens. Collins and Lieberman are charging in a sharply worded letter that the warnings were never addressed. How many more lies will emerge from the murky depths of this port-deal fiasco?

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The spinmeister in chief gave the Arab country advice on how to allay concerns about its pending takeover of major U.S. ports. (Clinton did this at the same time his wife was railing against the deal--just in case anyone mistakenly assumes that the N.Y. senator takes all her cues from the ex-prez.)

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