updated 11/16/2005 11:44:20 AM ET 2005-11-16T16:44:20

There is much ado on the Hill today as the Senate considers proposals for the handling of the Iraq War.  The Democrats want action, and essentially a withdrawal.  Republicans are offering a compromise that would make the administration provide regular updates on progress but not necessarily set an end date.

Also at issue is the handling of detainees in facilities like the one at Guantanamo Bay.  Should they have access to counsel and federal appeal?  This is a hot issue, as well.

The story itself is important, but I am fascinated by the way it's being covered.  Depending on what publication you read, you get a totally different take.

For example, here is today's lede in The New York Times:

In a sign of increasing unease among Congressional Republicans over the war in Iraq the Senate is to consider on Tuesday a Republican proposal that   calls for Iraqi forces to take the lead next year in securing the nation and for the Bush administration to lay out its strategy for ending the war.

And now the second paragraph of an article on the same story from The Washington Times:
 
Republican leaders are resisting Democrats' call for the administration to provide a plan for withdrawal, but in agreeing that the administration must provide more information and a schedule for reaching full Iraqi sovereignty, they are joining Democrats in signaling that the White House and the Iraqi government must produce results in 2006.

Both articles explain that some important debate and compromise is taking place on the Hill, but one has the Republicans feeling "uneasy," and the other has the Republicans "resisting" the Democrats.  Are they winning or losing this one?  Depends on where you read the story.

Same thing out on the blogs.  Some bloggers  see this as great political move by the Republicans.  Others say the lackluster poll numbers are forcing them to bend to the Democrats.  I have a roundup of views posted below, in case you want to check it out for yourself:

Americablog says the GOPers are willing to buck Bush because they need to run for reelection--he doesn't.
MyDD says that the Democrats ideas are in line with the rest of the country.
Right Wing Nuthouse calls the Republicans "Nervous Nellies."
Hugh Hewitt sees the resolution as a vote of no confidence in the Administration.
Captain's Quarters thinks the GOP is right on the money. A good compromise.

Today on the show, a look at the deal and what it means.  We'll also take a look at border security.  Should there be a wall along the border with Mexico?

And we will examine home schooling.  The two teenagers from Pennsylvania whose gruesome tale unfolded on television--Kara Beth Borden and David Ludwig--were both home schooled.  Now hold on, nobody is drawing any conclusions about home schooling based on this case.  That said, it has brought the subject into the light and many people are discussing the virtues of teaching your kids at home or sending them to schools.  We'll debate it.

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