The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – October 21, 2005

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Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to keep meeting with Senators despite calls from some conservatives who say she’s made blunders and the courtesy visits are not helping her nomination… Some religious conservatives threaten to desert the Republican Party in next year’s Congressional election if Miers is confirmed by the Senate.

A defense attorney for one of Saddam Hussein’s co-defendants is shot dead after being abducted and apparently tortured. His colleagues demand government protection and that Saddam’s trial be moved out of the country. Meanwhile the death toll of U.S. soldiers in the Iraq war nears 2,000.

President Bush calls for swift and serious action by the United Nations against Syria after an investigator’s report links that country to the assassination of Lebanon’s prime minister.

Former house majority leader Tom Delay declares his innocence to state felony charges. He wants a new judge in the case because the current magistrate donated money to democratic causes.

The executive editor of the New York Times says reporter Judith Miller misled the newspaper about her role in the revelation of the identity of a CIA agent.

And a coalition calling itself The World Can’t Wait launches what it says is a campaign to drive President Bush from office.