A second, potential, showdown between the Democratic Senate and the Bush Administration was averted. All three networks covered the decision by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to avoid a fight at Judiciary Committee hearings over the domestic wiretapping of citizens by the National Security Agency. The NSA had insisted that requiring eavesdropping warrants was unConstitutional and obtaining them was burdensome. Now, "the government is abandoning that approach," noted NBC's Pete Williams; ABC's Martha Raddatz (no link) called it "an abrupt change;" CBS' Jim Axelrod "an about face--the White House has to learn to deal with a Democratic-controled Congress."
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