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Pat Roberts links [(New York Times) Bolton's Fate in the Hands of 4 Senators With Doubts:][1] Also on Tuesday, Gen. Michael V. Hayden of the Air Force, the principal deputy national intelligence director, met with the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. The meeting was to brief the senators, Pat Roberts of Kansas and John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, about requests made by Mr. Bolton over the last four years for the names of American officials mentioned in communications intercepted by the National Security Agency. Mr. Bolton has said his purpose was to better understand intelligence reports, but senators have been trying to determine if the requests were in any way unusual. It is unclear how or whether the information provided by General Hayden, which is highly classified, will be shared with the foreign relations panel.Sam Brownback links [(KC Star) Senators examine DC home assessments:][2] Sam Brownback's office was sending e-mail and making phone calls to Senate colleagues Tuesday, reminding them to check their property tax records. The Kansas City Star had found that 22 senators had improperly received tax breaks on their homes in the District of Columbia, costing the district thousands of dollars in tax revenue.[(Reuters) Asbestos fund would benefit companies-consumer group:][3] U.S. asbestos makers and some large Fortune 500 companies would reap billions in savings under proposed legislation to set up an asbestos victims compensation fund, the consumer group Public Citizen said on Tuesday. ... Meanwhile a Republican senator whose vote could be pivotal to the bill's fate said he thought it represented a "wealth transfer" from small asbestos defendant companies to large ones. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said he was hoping to amend the bill to ease the fund's burden on small companies, saying that if he succeeds, "there's a chance I could" vote for the legislation. He is one of the Judiciary Committee senators whose vote is being sought by the bill's supporters. [1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/11/politics/11bolton.html [2]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/11614088.htm [3]: http://www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=8447360

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