In the Headlines: Iraq, Gonzales, Elizabeth Edwards
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Joining us now for some analysis is NPR's Cokie Roberts. Good morning.
COKIE ROBERTS: Good morning, Renee.
MONTAGNE: Now, the House has set this deadline, what is the Senate likely to do?
ROBERTS: But it's going to be a big fight. And as you've said, the president says he'll veto anything that calls for a deadline for troops in Iraq. But meanwhile, the Pentagon is saying that it needs this money and needs it now. So it is going to be an enormous fight. But the Democrats at least had their moment of victory to savor.
MONTAGNE: And this Iraq debate comes as the Congress and White House are at an impasse over the firing of those eight U.S. attorneys with President Bush's longtime friend, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, right at the center of that controversy. What's likely to happen this week?
ROBERTS: Now, the president did use his radio address on Saturday to back his old friend Alberto Gonzales. And the White House is clearly worried that Democrats are tasting blood here, that they force the attorney general out, what happens next and who is called to Capitol Hill to testify next. So the White House is continuing to back the attorney general but they don't seem to be getting much support from Republicans on Capitol Hill.
MONTAGNE: Still, are the Democrats in danger of overplaying their hand on this one?
ROBERTS: And on the question of testimony of administration officials, which the White House is trying to block on this U.S. attorney question, it looks like the Democrats are getting some Republicans to side with them on getting those administration officials to Capitol Hill to testify and at least to have transcripts of what they say.
MONTAGNE: Cokie, one other story. Last night Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth were interviewed on the CBS program "60 Minutes." John Edwards said that he doesn't want a sympathy vote because of his wife's cancer. What are people making of this generally?
ROBERTS: Well, she did say on the program that her cancer seems to have spread to a spot in her hip. It does seem to be somewhat worse than it appeared earlier last week. And as you know, Renee, this has sparked an enormous controversy in the country about what this couple should be doing. And I think that they were going on "60 Minutes" to try to address that controversy. And Elizabeth Edwards made it very clear that she does not want her cancer to be her legacy. And we'll see now what happens with the voter's response.
MONTAGNE: Thank you very much. NPR News analyst Cokie Roberts.
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