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"The Buzz" Continued...

Issue: "Miers doesn't fit the mold," Oct. 15, 2005

SCIENCE What experts call the most important case in two decades over the teaching of origins continued in Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs brought suit to bar the teaching of intelligent design in ninth-grade biology and, in this case, free-speech advocate ACLU is on the side of censorship (See "Dover dilemma").

SAUDI ARABIA Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice played politics with persecution, granting a six-month extension on a deadline to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia, which the State Department gave its harshest persecution designation over one year ago. The distinction requires U.S. penalties after such a deadline has passed. But Ms. Rice did impose penalties on Eritrea, banning defense equipment and support for two years or until religious persecution eases.

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