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NPR News Agenda from the Friday Editors' Meeting

A fairly busy day today. President Bush's surprise news conference this morning will provide lots of material, especially after the Republican revolt yesterday in the Senate. The Armed Services Committee rejected the president's plea to give him more powers when dealing with enemy combatants. And that's after he came to Capitol Hill to lobby members personally. Presidents usually don't do that unless they're really worried. There'll be plenty of coverage and analysis on Day to Day and All Things Considered.

Another big story is the announcement by Ford Motor Company that it's cutting an additional 10,000 jobs, shutting down more plants and offering buyouts to hourly workers. Look for a number of pieces about that and its impact on Ford workers.

Also, today, it came out that Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney has agreed to plead guilty to making false statements and conspiracy in the lobbying case involving Jack Abramoff. Ney could face up to ten years in prison. Peter Overby, who's been covering this story from the beginning, will have more on All Things Considered. On Monday, there will be a piece by National Security Correspondent Jackie Northam, who just returned from her eighth trip to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay. Jackie will look at how things have changed since detainees there rioted earlier this year.

But the really big debate in the morning meeting was how to handle the spinach news! Health officials are telling people not to eat raw, packaged spinach until they can figure out if it's the source of the E. coli that killed one person and sickened dozens of others. Editors couldn't decide if this is better dealt with as a science story, a business story or a consumer story. It's still being worked out. Stay tuned, but don't eat the spinach. Sorry, kids.