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Senate Set to Vote on Ridge as Homeland Security Chief

The Senate is expected to confirm Tom Ridge as the first secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security. Meanwhile, the head of the Transportation Security Administration blocks efforts by employees to form a union, saying it would jeopardize national security. NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, geopolitics, and life across the globe - from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic.