The Iraq story inside-the-Beltway was the start of the debate in the House of Representatives over a 97-word resolution to disapprove of President George Bush's ongoing build-up of troops in Baghdad. All three networks assigned a correspondent to Capitol Hill to string together members' soundbites. ABC's Jake Tapper called the debate "passionate." He saw Democrats "trying to seem strong on military issues" by front-loading their speakers with veterans of wars in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. With overwhelming Democratic support, passage is assured and so CBS' Sharyl Attkisson noted that "the only real question is how many Republicans will vote for it." NBC's Chip Reid's best answer was a headcount of "perhaps dozens."
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