Senate Judiciary Chair Arlen Specter's statement that the Bush domestic spying program broke the law is generating major news coverage on the eve of the hearings. Check out some of the headlines:
CBS News: "Specter Blasts Spy Program Rationale"
NY Times: "Specter Says Surveillance Program Violated the Law"
Associated Press: "Specter Criticizes Rationale for Spying"
That article by AP, which has been picked up on numerous sites including ABC News and MSNBC, has a very clear intro:
Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday he believes that President Bush violated a 1978 law specifically calling for a secret court to consider and approve such monitoring. The Pennsylvania Republican branded Gonzales' explanations to date as "strained and unrealistic."The big question is whether Specter stays resolute tomorrow. He usually caves in to the Bush team. But the media coverage is unquestionable: Specter thinks Bush broke the law. Which should put Specter under some unpleasant scrutiny if he tries to weasel out of his repeated statements to the contrary tomorrow.