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Anti-Terrorism Plan Passes First Hurdle

Key lawmakers reached agreement with the White House on Wednesday on a package of anti-terrorism measures that would expand wiretapping authority, aim to tighten airport security and allow prosecution of suspected terrorists under federal racketeering laws.

The negotiators, led by Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and White House chief of staff Leon Panetta, said they hope to have a package ready for a vote by week’s end before Congress leaves for its August recess.

But Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., said earlier in the day that appears unlikely. “I don’t see how in the world we can get it done” by then, Lott told reporters.

Panetta said the anti-terrorism measures, several of which were proposed by President Clinton in response to the TWA Flight 800 explosion and the Olympics bombing, would give law enforcement new tools to confront “what is an increasing threat in our world today.”

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Trump administration pulls U.S. out of UN human rights council

UPDATED: 7:23 p.m.

The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.