The week that wasn’t

Boston Globe
by Tom Keane

08/12/07

In a dramatic confrontation, Congress and the president battled over which branch of the government would be first to go on summer vacation. Initially it seemed Bush would succeed in making senators and representatives spend several extra weeks holding hearings on new legislation. But in a brilliant last-minute move, Congress passed without debate a bill giving the executive branch wide authority to wiretap phone calls and e-mails. Bush then had to stay to sign the new law while members of Congress quickly left town. ‘Those legislators sure got the better of us,’ said a White House spokesperson, comparing Congress’s victory to other times it had cleverly outmaneuvered the president, including approving John Roberts for the Supreme Court and granting Bush additional funding for the Iraq war...

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