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updated 5/20/2005 5:06:46 PM ET 2005-05-20T21:06:46

5 p.m. ET
Very few things in life are black or white, and that is certainly true of bloggers' views on the filibuster feud. Oh, there are stalwart partisans like Captain's Quarters and Talk Left, each urging their respective parties not to go gentle into that goodnight.

There are moderates on the issue, as well, and these views are even more interesting to read.  For example, Hillary Rosen submitted an entry to Huffington's blog saying that the Dems would lose this battle, but not the war.  In the end, moderate Republicans will vote down any candidate viewed as too extreme.

The flip side argument that I found at Ornery American:  Picture President Hillary Clinton and a Democratic majority.  Do you really want to end the filibuster?

In addition to some chat about judicial nominees, we've got some other great stuff for the 5 p.m. show.  Women envoys to Middle Eastern nations--does this help or hurt our diplomacy efforts?  As Secretary Rice returns from the region and Laura Bush departs for it, how are these powerful women viewed by Muslims?

And we'll also get some reviews of the new "Star Wars" flick before you blow $10.

Send me an e-mail.

12 p.m. ET
Shortly after 9/11, the United States declared an official "War on Terror."  Not a war on Al Qaeda or a war on Islamic fundamentalist terror activity, but a war on terror itself.

That's pretty vague.

Technically that means a war on any group that uses rogue terror tactics to persuade people politically.  Al Qaeda fits that bill, of course, but what about the IRA, the November 17 group in Greece, or the National Liberation Army in Bolivia?

As they say, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. That's a cliché and oversimplifies a very serious issue, but a universal "war on terrorism" is a tough policy to adhere to constantly.  For example, there was a time when we supported the Taliban in their fight against the Soviets.

Now, a new case is raising the issue of just how black and white a terror policy can be.  Luis Posada Carilles was a long-time ally of the United States in a silent battle with Fidel Castro.  He is also an accused terrorist who authorities in Venezuela claim blew up a commercial airliner in 1976.  It seems like a cut and dry case— extradite him to Venezuela to stand trail for terrorist activity.  But many Cuban Americans are rallying to his support asking that he remain here.  Today we will look at this complicated case and examine the practicality of a an absolute war on terror.

We'll also discuss makeover shows. It seems like with just a nip and a tuck you can completely reconstruct your physical image. But should you?  And what message do these programs send?

And of course it is opening day for "Star Wars."  We'll bring you the latest on that, as well.

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