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Administration Adjusts Detainee Rights Language

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Administration Adjusts Detainee Rights Language

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Administration Adjusts Detainee Rights Language

Administration Adjusts Detainee Rights Language

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The Bush administration has revised its proposal for interrogating and trying suspected terrorists after strong resistance from Senate Republicans.

LYNN NEARY, host:

The Canadians revealed their findings at the same time that Americans are debating the treatment of detainees. The debate has largely pitted Republicans against Republicans. Prominent senators with military backgrounds are challenging President Bush, and the president's side has now offered to change its proposal.

INSKEEP: The issues include how to interrogate suspects and how to put them on trial. The White House ran into criticism for proposing to allow secret evidence and coerced testimony. The two sides also disagree over how to apply the Geneva Convention. It's not clear how far apart the two sides are now, as talks continue, but one Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, told The Washington Post there is now a 50-50 chance of a deal by the weekend.

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