A cautious judge may be good news for Bush officials in ongoing subpoena struggle.
The speaker of the House prepared Democrats for the prospect of electoral victories at a Monitor Breakfast Tuesday.
Many Democrats are at odds with their own leadership over extending domestic surveillance.
Even some military lawyers opposed the techniques, according to congressional testimony this week.
Officials want to ensure the change to a new administration goes smoothly.
In Israel, the media focused on possible breakthroughs in which the US played no role, highlighting low expectations for Rice's trip.
Even in Arizona his rift with the far right is cutting into his 'favorite son' appeal.
Some US experts worry that a smuggling ring gave rogue states plans for a light warhead, apparently from Pakistan.