November 25, 2002 President Bush signs homeland security legislation that calls for the largest government reorganization in more than 50 years. Bush also picks Tom Ridge as the department's first secretary. Hear NPR's Pam Fessler and Norm Augustine, ex-CEO of Lockheed Martin.
November 25, 2002 President Bush today signed the law creating a vast new federal department to oversee security efforts within the 50 states. The new entity will include nearly two dozen agencies and more than 170,000 employees -- and it will take time to achieve the information sharing and coordination that are its main goals. NPR's Pam Fessler reports from the White House.
November 25, 2002 President Bush is set to sign homeland security legislation that calls for the largest government reorganization in more than 50 years. The new agency will merge 22 existing departments. Bush is expected to name White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to head the agency. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
November 21, 2002 NPR's Pam Fessler reports on how the new Department of Homeland Security will collect, analyze and use information in determining warnings.
November 20, 2002 The Senate approves legislation to create a new Homeland Security Department. It's the largest reorganization of the federal government since World War II. The new department's goals include gathering intelligence to fend off terrorism threats. But some critics are concerned the department's new powers could erode privacy rights. Hear NPR's Pam Fessler and Larry Abramson.
November 20, 2002 Yesterday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of the billl to create the Homeland Security Department. The legislation allows for one of the largest ever reorganizations of the federal government, unifying a broad range of agencies while concentrating on intelligence gathering to fend off threats. Although the Democrats' amendment of special interest provisions was defeated, most party members ultimately supported the bill. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
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November 19, 2002 In a major victory for President Bush, the Senate approves legislation to create a new Homeland Security Department. Meanwhile, some experts say new airport security measures are still inadequate. Hear NPR's Pam Fessler and Scott Horsley.
November 19, 2002 The U.S. Senate approves legislation creating a new Department of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet agency consolidating 22 agencies and more than 170,000 federal employees. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
November 15, 2002 The Senate continues debate today on legislation to create a new Department of Homeland Security. The House has already passed the measure that will lead to the biggest government reorganization in more than 50 years. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
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November 13, 2002 Guest: Pam Fessler * NPR Washington Correspondent
November 12, 2002 Members of the House and Senate return to Washington for a "lame-duck" session of the 107th Congress. Meanwhile, the White House and lawmakers reach agreement on a compromise plan to create a new Department of Homeland Security. Hear NPR's David Welna, Pam Fessler and Mara Liasson.
November 12, 2002 When Congress went home in October, the Senate was still stuck on its version of a bill to create a new Department of Homeland Security. But President Bush campaigned hard on the issue, which may have helped elect a new Republican majority in the Senate. That gave new momentum to negotiators who have been trying to fashion a compromise version of labor-management rules that both parties could accept. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
November 6, 2002 Two years after the 2000 presidential election fiasco, Florida officials tout the 2002 midterm election as an example of how future voting should be conducted. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
November 6, 2002 NPR's Pam Fessler reports from Florida, site of the 2000 election day chaos. Fessler says that this year, Florida election officials were prepared. Yesterday was a relatively smooth day of voting, without the anger and recrimination of the Bush-Gore presidential contest two years ago. (4:00)
November 5, 2002 Voters across the country elect a new Congress. All 435 House seats and 34 Senate posts are in play, as well as 36 state governors' races. Florida's much-maligned voting procedure is on display. Hear NPR's John Ydstie and Pam Fessler.
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