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Sen. Pat Roberts went before the firing line that is Tim Russert at ["Meet the Press"][1] Sunday, and seemed to recommit himself to investigating whether the Bush Administration intentionally misused intelligence on its way to war in Iraq.That follows a March speech before [Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington][2] in which Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, indicated that a promised probe into the matter was no longer a priority. Roberts said a pre-election report - indicating the nation's intelligence agencies had done a poor job - should answer most questions.That didn't put the issue to rest.From Sunday's transcript:MR. RUSSERT: But as you well know, when your report came out there were many people who said that you were not going forward with phase two about exaggerations and shaping because you didn't want to involve yourself, influence the election. You made a firm commitment to do just that. SEN. ROBERTS: Yeah, we're going to do that, Tim. MR. RUSSERT: The United States went to war... SEN. ROBERTS: Tim, we're going to do that. I will bring it here. We'll have the 50 statements. We'll have the intelligence. We can match it up and you can do it with members of Congress, who are very, very critical, who made the same things, and you can say, "OK," and you'll say "Well, Pat, it just looks to me that the intelligence was wrong and that's exactly why they said what they said." Now, I don't know what that accomplishes over the long term. I'm perfectly willing to do it, and that's what we agreed to do, and that door is still open. On a related note, [The Los Angeles Times reports:][3] "Other lawmakers have publicly expressed frustration that new details are surfacing nine months after the committee finished its own probe of intelligence on Iraq. "'That's the type of information we would have expected to get in our inquiry,' said the aide to Roberts (of prewar warnings about one source's unrelability). 'We're interested to know: Did [CIA officials] ignore us, not understand us or deliberately keep things from us? We don't want agencies to think they can play cute' with requests for information."Other links:Pat Roberts links [(Topeka Capital-Journal) Batman of Capitol Hill][4] Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., keeps many secrets. The chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, he is lovingly regarded by staffers as a modest superhero, the Batman of Capitol Hill. As leader of the committee that oversees the government's 15 spy agencies, Roberts has become one of the most influential lawmakers in Washington. Sam Brownback links [(New York Times Magazine) The Other Stem-Cell Debate:][5] While the objections to stem-cell research have largely revolved around the ethics of using human embryos, there is another debate bubbling to the surface: how ''human'' are chimeric creatures made from human stem cells? Fueling the anxiety has been the lack of coherent regulations in the United States governing the creation of chimeras. The President's Council on Bioethics has twice taken up the issue in recent weeks, and Senator Sam Brownback, the Kansas Republican and outspoken social conservative, has introduced legislation to restrict chimeric experiments. [(Washington Times) Terri Schiavo's legacy:][6] Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, said legislation aimed at the courts' actions probably will be the first to move on Capitol Hill. "That's the one people are most upset about," he said. "Courts should protect the innocent."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][7] [1]: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7452510/ [2]: http://blogs.ljworld.com/kansas_congress/2005/mar/11/notlooking/ [3]: http://www.some-web-page.com [4]: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/041105/kan_batmancap.shtml [5]: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/10/magazine/10CHIMERA.html?8hpib [6]: http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050410-123248-9620r.htm [7]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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