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CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: David Ensor) The day's testimony by heavy hitters at the 9/11 commission hearings featured; details given of criticism of both the administrations of President Bill Clinton & President Bush & of the issue of "actionable intelligence."] [9/11 commission staff director Philip ZELIKOW†- comments on one opportunity to get Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden††.] [Former Secretary of Defense William COHEN, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD, former Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT††- defend administration actions.] [9/11 commission members Bob KERREY, Slade GORTON†- raise questions.] The partisan nature of the commission hearings discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The White House reaction to criticism from the 9/11 commission & from former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke in his book "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror" examined. [BUSH - says if we had information about an attack, we would have acted.] [At hearings, Secretary of State Colin POWELL, deputy Defense Secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ - talk about aggressively going after Al Qaeda.] [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - accuses Clarke of "revisionist history."] The politics likely at Clarke's appearance tomorrow before the commission previewed.

Brown, Aaron;
Ensor, David;
King, John

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