Here's a new thread for discussion of FISA revisions and other news of the day. I'm going off-line soon, so I hope EW or someone can pick up posting soon.
Spencer Ackerman reports that Director of National Intelligence McConnell has written Congress that they could accept a solution that provides for court approval of a wiretap after it has begun. No word on disclosures of the past program, or sunset provisions for this minor change.
HuffPost reports that the review would happen 120 days after surveillance begins--plenty of time for mischief there. And there are other conditions the Dems find unacceptable. The article also reports Bush tells Congress that they can't recess until they give him what he wants. Earth to Bush: That's not your decision, although I'd like to see them stay in session at least a couple more weeks.
Meanwhile, Def Sec Gates reports from the Gulf that he forsees little political progress in Iraq, although the military situation seems to be improving. In other words, the surge did not make political compromise more likely because he has just discovered that the depth of animosity among the factions in Iraq was worse than they expected. Hello! This is sure to make the GOPers feel very queasy before they give Bush their votes come September.
What's on your mind?
Spencer Ackerman now reports that the conpromise may throw probable cause off the sleigh. Whaaaaa? This isn't getting any better. Dems seem not to be holding here. Check TPMM for more updates. This doesn't look good at all.