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Trouble at the White House

George W Bush's horrible year just got a lot worse.

Today his nominee for the Supreme Court, Harriet Miers, threw in the towel.

He's already under fire over Iraq, where the 2,000th US soldier has died, and for his government's response to hurricane Katrina, and his poll ratings are diving.

Ms Miers ran into flack from all sides, some from President Bush's own party, saying she was not conservative enough.

Others pointed out that, having never before sat as a judge, she was hardly qualified for the most senior bench in the land.

And President Bush still does not know whether his "brain" Karl Rove will be indicted or not.

Stephanie Flanders will be reporting from Washington. And we'll be discussing how, if at all, Mr Bush can rescue his presidency with President Clinton's former political adviser Dick Morris, a man who knows all about rescuing presidencies from disaster.


Leaders from around the world have been reacting with horror to the comments of Iran's new president, that Israel should be wiped off the map.

Israel immediately called for Iran to be thrown out of the UN, and Russia has joined the United States and many others in condemning the statement.

The British Government called in the Iranian charge d'affaires to express their fury to his face.

Tonight we will be looking at the controversial character of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Where did he come from and to what extent do his views hold sway in Iran?

And we'll be debating how the West should respond to such provocative statements, and the hard line regime behind them.

Blair's fireside chat

The heart of Europe came to Hampton Court Palace today, to Tony Blair's "informal" summit.

He's invited Europe's leaders to leave behind the phalanxes of officials who normally crowd out European summits, for a fireside chat to determine where they think Europe should head.

Left off the agenda are many of the burning issues he talked about when he took the presidency.

So what is Britain up to? Is it woefully avoiding the most contentious and pressing issues? Or does it have some cunning plan in operation?

Mark Urban has been wandering the corridors of Hampton Court to find out.

Internet change?

And we always like to stay ahead of the technology curve here on Newsnight, so tonight we are boldly going to areas of the internet few have been to.

Paul Mason travelled to Amsterdam, to a computer fanatics' love-in, where some of the biggest brains were working on brand new software that could revolutionise the web.

Watch Paul's piece: it will change the way you surf.

Read Paul Mason's article

That's all on BBC2 at 10.30pm.

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