08/27/2002 - Updated 09:42 PM ET

Wednesday's debate

Congressional elections
Election Day is nine weeks away. Yet when it comes to choosing members of Congress, fewer than 10% of the races are true contests — ones in which a challenger has a good chance to win. Little wonder turnout at the polls is on the decline. By trying to fix the outcomes of House races before Election Day, professional partisans are effectively disenfranchising voters.
Today's quotes

"We are never going to forget what happened. This is going to hurt my daughter for the rest of her life." — Wes Duffey, grandfather of 13-year-old Miranda Gaddis, whose body was found over the weekend.

"What we must not do in the face of a mortal threat is to give in to wishful thinking or willful blindness." — Vice President Dick Cheney on the possibility of an attack on Iraq.

USA TODAY editorial

9/11 used to excuse excess

Security firms get license to overcharge; police get carte blanche to abuse rights.

The Forum

Alcestis 'Cooky' Oberg

With kids finally out of the house, empty nest alarms — and beckons — all parents.

John D. Solomon

Baseball strike may be a necessary evil on the road to an agreement.

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