Kresta in the Afternoon – February 26, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Hour – Debate: The Protect America Act

    President Bush yesterday lobbied again for an intelligence law allowing government eavesdropping on phone calls and e-mails, as the tone of the dispute between the White House and Congress over terrorist surveillance grew increasingly sharp. The White House is defending its stand on protecting telecommunications companies from lawsuits, rejecting speculation that they are protecting lawbreakers by insisting on lawsuit immunity for phone companies. House Democrats call it unnecessary, blanket amnesty.  The legislation recently expired and lawmakers are trying to resolve differences and get a renewal bill to the President's desk.  We debate the Protect America Act.

    Second Hour – Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century

    The summit is a uniquely modern form of diplomacy that came to being as a result of both the development of faster forms of transportation and the greater risks of the era of the weapon of mass destruction. David Reynolds engagingly illustrates for us how the summit is a politician's ultimate test; a chance to make monumental peace settlements that change the course of history while, at the same time, being exposed to great political risk and unprecedented criticism and failure. We look at the human drama of such high-level gatherings, about what it is like to clamber to the top and come back down to earth again, and why the summit process will continue to shape the course of history both at home and abroad.  

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