218 Points | The American Civil Liberties Union didn't like it, but Attorney General John Ashcroft warmly welcomed an appeals court ruling that the government can employ sweeping new surveillance powers approved under the USA Patriot Act. The Justice Department insisted the increase in secret wiretaps and searches would not be "staggering." Meanwhile, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's new book Bush at War charges that Fox News boss Roger Ailes sent a private message to the Bush White House to stand firm in the face of the Sept. 11 attacks. Mr. Ailes denied offering the president policy advice, but liberal critics of Fox attacked the move, saying it sullied the slogan "we report, you decide." Conservatives countered that the note was no match for the activity of former CNN president Rick Kaplan, who golfed with President Clinton, stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom, and offered advice on how to handle interviews about the Gennifer Flowers affair.