Looking Forward

Looking Back

July 17, 2005

LOOKING FORWARD

President Bush meets with India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, in Washington. Cooperation in civilian nuclear energy and threats posed by terrorism are expected to be high on the agenda, Indian officials said. Singh has been invited to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

Confessed murderer Eric Rudolph is scheduled to be sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., for the 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic. He pleaded guilty in April to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing and two other area explosions, after admitting to orchestrating the abortion clinic bombing. Rudolph, 38, confessed to the bombings as part of a plea agreement with the government that will put him behind bars for the rest of his life but allow him to avoid the death penalty.

TUESDAY

The base closing commission debates and votes on whether to consider alternatives to the recommendations from Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. The commission is scheduled to forward its final recommendations to President Bush in September. Rumsfeld recommended closing 33 major military installations and many smaller facilities across the United States.

A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., hears arguments in the case of "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla over whether American citizens arrested on U.S. soil can be designated "enemy combatants" and held without trial. The Justice Department alleges Padilla flew to the United States on an al-Qaida scouting mission to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb," a conventional bomb laced with radioactive material, in the United States. Padilla's defense attorney called for Padilla's release, noting that Padilla has not been formally charged with any criminal activity.

WEDNESDAY

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is scheduled to testify about the economic outlook before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. His comments are expected to be sunny. Statistics indicate economic growth is advancing at the 3.4 percent annual rate predicted by the Bush administration, and, despite high oil prices, core inflation appears to be under control.

In the aftermath of the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to reveal her sources to a prosecutor investigating a possible White House leak identifying an undercover CIA operative, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on proposed reporters' shield legislation, which would protect reporters who refuse to reveal their sources. Scheduled witnesses include Deputy Attorney General James Comey and Time reporter Matthew Cooper.

THURSDAY

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing on climate change. President Bush acknowledged for the first time that global warming was affecting the world's climate during the recent Group of Eight summit in Scotland.

FRIDAY

A contempt hearing in the Tangipahoa Parish school prayer case is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan in New Orleans. The district's school board regularly held prayers before meetings, but one anonymous parent got the Louisiana branch of the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the school district to stop. The school district lost that decision and is appealing to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

LOOKING BACK

The World

Police identified four British nationals as suspects in the bombings of London's transit system, which claimed at least 54 lives. They indicated that the men blew themselves up with their victims, marking the first suicide attacks on British soil. A fifth person, a relative of one of the suspects, was arrested. All of the suspects are believed to be between the ages of 19 and 30 and are from the city of Leeds in northern England. Three of the suspected bombers were Muslims of Pakistani background. Authorities also arrested an Egyptian chemist who studied in the United States and investigated a possible al-Qaida connection in Pakistan.

Six car bombs targeted American and Iraqi troops across Baghdad Friday, killing at least 30 people, and the military said two U.S. Marines had been killed the day before by a roadside bomb near the Jordanian border.

The Nation

Hundreds of engineers scrambled to figure out why a fuel gauge on space shuttle Discovery failed just before its scheduled liftoff, as plans for a weekend launch were scrapped. Most likely, NASA's first mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster will require more complicated repairs and be delayed into next week or even September.

Bernard J. Ebbers, the former WorldCom Inc. chief executive, was sentenced to 25 years in prison - essentially a life sentence - for spearheading the largest accounting fraud in U.S. history. In a wave of corporate wrongdoing cases since the 2001 Enron Corp. scandal, it was the harshest penalty yet.

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