Top News 11/23/04

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House Leadership Blocks Vote on Intelligence Bill By PHILIP SHENON and CARL HULSE A core of highly conservative Republicans aligned with the Pentagon moved to block a vote on a bill that would have enacted the recommendations of the 9/11 panel. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/politics/21panel.html?th


Bush Says Iran Speeds Output of A-Bomb Fuel By DAVID E. SANGER In meetings with Asian leaders, President Bush also attempted to establish a unified front against North Korea. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/politics/21prexy.html?th -


QUOTATION OF THE DAY - "I'm not going to take away the regular habanero. You can still grow and eat that, if you want to kill yourself." - KEVIN M. CROSBY, a geneticist in Texas who created a milder pepper. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/national/21peppers.html?th


Mongolia Under Pressure to Serve as Haven for Refugees By JAMES BROOKE North Korea's new diplomatic presence is seen as an attempt to block efforts to make Mongolia a processing center for defectors. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/internat...a.ready.html?th


France Is Cast as the Villain in Ivory Coast By LYDIA POLGREEN Many Ivoirians have turned on French businessmen, immigrant workers and one another with a vengeance. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/internat...21ivory.html?th


Some Hard-Liners in Turkey See Diversity as Divisive By SUSAN SACHS Under pressure from the European Union and civil rights advocates, Turkey has started to reassess the way it has treated religious minorities. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/internat...1turkey.html?th


Where Execution Feels Like Relic, Death Looms By WILLIAM YARDLEY A pending execution in Connecticut will mark the first time in more than 40 years that an inmate has been put to death north or east of Pennsylvania. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/nyregion/21execute.html?th


Turmoil Grips Elite School Over Money and Leaders By STEPHANIE STROM A debate is festering among graduates and parents at St. Paul's, an elite school in New Hampshire, with critics accusing trustees and the rector of mismanagement. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/education/21paul.html?th


Broad Influence for Justice Dept. Choice By ERIC LICHTBLAU As President Bush's White House counsel, Alberto R. Gonzales has been a principal architect of the widening of executive authority. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/politics...onzales.html?th


Bill Clears Way for Government to Cut Back College Loans By GREG WINTER and DIANA JEAN SCHEMO The federal government will be able to require millions of college students to shoulder more of the cost of their education under the new spending bill before Congress. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/education/21pell.html?th


Senators Want Boeing Deal Investigated By PETER T. KILBORN Leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee want the Defense Department to investigate the Air Force's effort to give the Boeing Company a $23.5 billion contract. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/politics/21boeing.html?th


THE PLASTIC TRAP Soaring Interest Compounds Credit Card Pain for Millions By PATRICK McGEEHAN Credit card companies are changing the terms of their accounts at a historically high rate, costing Americans millions of dollars. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/business...rds-web.html?th


The Castro Collection By TIMOTHY L. O'BRIEN A painting from Cuba offers a glimpse into the world of art smuggling. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/business.../21smug.html?th


INVESTING The Four-More-Years Portfolio: How to Narrow the Field By CONRAD DE AENLLE Many investors believe that Republican control of the White House and Congress will affect the prospects of certain companies and industries. But which ones? http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/business.../21four.html?th


MAKING VOTES COUNT Improving Provisional Ballots One of the brightest spots in this year's election was the nationwide debut of the provisional ballot. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/opinion/21sun1.html?th


The Promise and Peril of Heart Scans Used sensibly, heart scans could save the health care system substantial money. Used recklessly, however, the scans could break the medical bank. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/opinion/21sun2.html?th


Descent of Ivory Coast The world needs to look at why Ivory Coast is tearing itself apart and take urgent steps to contain this tragedy. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/opinion/21sun3.html?th


The President's Yes Man By Alan Berlow In nominating Alberto Gonzales to be the next attorney general, President Bush has selected a man with a long record of giving him the kind of legal advice he wants. Unfortunately, that advice has not always been of the highest professional or ethical caliber. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Intelligence Overhaul Bill Blocked By Charles Babington and Walter Pincus Long-debated legislation to dramatically reshape the nation's intelligence community collapsed in the House yesterday, as conservative Republicans refused to embrace a compromise because they said it could reduce military control over battlefield intelligence and failed to crack down on illegal immigrants. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Michael Powell Exposed! The FCC Chairman Has No Clothes By Tom Shales Oops. They got rid of the wrong Powell. The father unfortunately is going, but the son, even more unfortunately, remains behind. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Kerry Urges Democrats To Fight Values 'Assault' By Dan Balz Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) signaled a return to partisan warfare with President Bush yesterday in an e-mail to supporters in which he accused the administration of preparing a "right-wing assault on values and ideals" and called on Democrats to fight back against what he labeled Bush's extreme agenda. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


3.5% Raise for Federal Civilian Workers Makes Spending Bill By Christopher Lee Congressional negotiators reached agreement yesterday on a spending package that provides a 3.5 percent raise for federal civilian employees, more than double that sought by President Bush. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...Nov20.html?nav


Bush Toughens line on nuclear threats http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...ml?nav=hcmodule Baghdad Suffers a day of attacks, assassinations http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...ml?nav=hcmodule


Children pay cost of iraq's Chaos http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...v20.html?sub=AR

Mr. Bush's Better World Fossil ape may be father of all apes http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/...97502691624.jpg


BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- A 13 million years old ape living in what is now Spain may have been the last common father of all apes, including chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and humans. A special for the creationists.   http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/...ent_2240343.htm


Industrialized Nations Reported Near Deal to Waive Iraqi Debt [http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A0D195:2F72C9D


US, Germany, France and 16 other industrialized nations agree to write off up to $33 billion Bush Voices Concern About Iranian Nuclear Program http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A0D18F:2F72C9D


President says international community must stand united in opposition to Tehran enriching uranium _____________ Power and Interest News Report (PINR) http://www.pinr.com

Rice Nomination Reinforces Washington's Drift Toward Isolation Drafted By: Dr. Michael A. Weinstein http://www.pinr.com The nomination of current National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be secretary of state in the second Bush administration leaves the shape of U.S. foreign policy as uncertain as it has been since the problems encountered by the occupation of Iraq revealed the limits of Washington's military and diplomatic power. Analysts agree that the Rice nomination signals an attempt by Bush to achieve a single foreign policy voice in his second administration and to eliminate conflicting perspectives that subvert the aim of staying "on message." What that message is and will be, however, is open to question. At present, Washington is drifting toward greater isolation from the rest of the world and it is unlikely that Rice will reverse that tendency. Bush has announced that the grand design for foreign policy in his second administration is to continue the project of democratizing the greater Middle East, an idea that is central to neo-conservatism. Under present circumstances, that idea looks to be utopian, leaving a policy vacuum that is likely to be filled with ad hoc responses to the pressure of events initiated outside the U.S. The possibility that Washington will act to resist the drift toward multipolarity in world politics and toward its own isolation has grown dim with the Rice nomination and the appointment of her deputy, Stephen Hadley, to the post of national security adviser. Those who believe that neo-conservative triumphalism will generate new interventions probably have misplaced fears. It is far more likely that -- stripped of the viability of its vision -- the dominant neo-conservative tendency will be paralyzed, hastening the erosion of U.S. power worldwide and providing many opportunities for rising powers to test their mettle . Report Drafted By: Dr. Michael A. Weinstein


Major Creditors in Accord to Waive 80% of Iraq Debt By CRAIG S. SMITH The agreement is a critical step in rebuilding Iraq's devastated economy and an important precedent for other creditors. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/internat.../22debt.html?th


Bush Says He'll Seek to Revive Intelligence Bill House Blocked By PHILIP SHENON President Bush vowed to work with Congress to revive a bill to enact major recommendations of the Sept. 11 panel. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/politics/22panel.html?th


Clues on Hostages Emerge From Houses in Falluja By ROBERT F. WORTH For the first time, U.S. journalists saw evidence of the places where hostages may have been imprisoned or killed. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/internat...falluja.html?th


QUOTATION OF THE DAY - "We have to make the point that there are boundaries in our games." - DAVID STERN, the N.B.A. commissioner. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/sports/b...22brawl.html?th


Iran to Suspend Uranium Enrichment Today By NAZILA FATHI In a sign of cooperation, Iran pledged to meet its deadline and suspend its uranium enrichment activities on Monday. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/internat.../22iran.html?th


Ex-Guerrilla Is Put Forward for Kosovo Prime Minister By NICHOLAS WOOD The prospect of a former rebel leader becoming prime minister of Kosovo is causing alarm among international officials in the province. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/internat...2kosovo.html?th


Cameraman Details Marine's Role in Mosque Shooting By JAMES GLANZ and EDWARD WONG The marine who appears to shoot and kill an unarmed Iraqi prisoner was not aware that the incident was being recorded, according to cameraman Kevin Sites. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/internat...22shoot.html?th


Enforcement of Civil Rights Law Declined Since '99, Study Finds By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Enforcement of civil rights laws has dropped sharply since 1999, as the level of complaints received by the Justice Department has remained relatively constant. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/national/22civil.html?th


Official Says Deferral Strategy Fails Amtrak By MATTHEW L. WALD Amtrak's strategy of scraping by on limited budgets by deferring capital investments "is no longer workable," according to the inspector general of the Transportation Department. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/national/22amtrak.html?th

Parts of Special-Ed Bill Would Shift More Power to States and School Districts By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO Congress has given state and school officials more power to shape the terms for providing services to the nation's 6.5 million disabled students. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/educatio...special.html?th


G.O.P. Says Motive for Tax Clause in Budget Bill Was Misread By DAVID E. ROSENBAUM Some expressed outrage about a provision in a spending bill that would allow the Appropriations Committees to examine Americans' income tax returns. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/politics/22explain.html?th


Security Dispute Dulls Luster of Bush's Trip to Chile By DAVID E. SANGER and LARRY ROHTER The Chilean government disinvited more than 200 guests to a dinner with President Bush rather than let them be screened for weapons. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/internat...22prexy.html?th


G.O.P. Constituencies Split on Tax Change By EDMUND L. ANDREWS and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK President Bush faces key Republican groups that are divided about how or even whether to proceed with an overhaul of the tax code. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/business/22tax.html?th


G.O.P. Constituencies Split on Tax Change By EDMUND L. ANDREWS and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK President Bush faces key Republican groups that are divided about how or even whether to proceed with an overhaul of the tax code. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/business/22tax.html?th


ON THIS DAY- On Nov. 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally was seriously wounded. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/on...y/20041122.html


Many Who Voted for 'Values' Still Like Their Television Sin By BILL CARTER Network executives say the election will have little impact on which shows they decide to put on television. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/22/business.../22tube.html?th


Bush Renews Migrant Pledge SANTIAGO, Chile-President Bush vowed to push a plan that would allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States as guest workers even though it appears unlikely to win backing in a Congress that grew more conservative in this month's elections. By Peter Wallsten and Richard Boudreaux. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHK0AG


California Has 3 Billion New Ways to Attract Researchers As California moves quickly toward setting up a $3-billion embryonic stem cell research agency, other states are scrambling to prevent their top researchers from being raided. By Megan Garvey. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHL0AH


Iraq Vote a Priority for Shiite Leader BAGHDAD-Shiite leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has launched a massive get-out-the-vote campaign for Iraq's upcoming election, determined to ensure that Shiites have a chance to win the power that he believes rightfully belongs to the nation's majority Muslim sect. By Alissa J. Rubin. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHM0AI See also: U.S. Troops Fire on Bus, Killing 3 http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHN0AJ


Extremist Threats Put Netherlands in Turmoil AMSTERDAM-Geert Wilders is on the run. He can't go home. He doesn't show his face in public. Six police officers track his every step. Wilders is not a fugitive, but a prominent Dutch legislator, one of several under threat of assassination by Islamic extremists. By Sebastian Rotella. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHO0AK


Intelligence Bill Struck an Armed Services Reef WASHINGTON-Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), whose son fought in Iraq, saw the measure as a threat to the military. By Mary Curtius. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHP0AL


GOP Plants Flag on New Voting Frontier WASHINGTON-Bush's huge victory in the fast-growing areas beyond the suburbs alters the political map. These areas, filled largely with younger families fleeing urban centers in search of affordable homes, are providing the GOP a foothold in Democratic-leaning states and solidifying the party's control over Republican-leaning states. By Ronald Brownstein and Richard Rainey. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHQ0AM


Israel Says It's Willing to Be Flexible for Palestinian Vote JERUSALEM-Some soldiers may be removed from the West Bank and Gaza to make it easier to reach the polls. Any attacks would bring restrictions back. By Ken Ellingwood. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHS0AO


Leaks and Flooding Drain Boston's Faith in the Big Dig BOSTON-The $14-billion highway project, long plagued by cost overruns and years behind schedule, has as many as 500 breaches in its tunnels. By Elizabeth Mehren. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHT0AP


Western Icons Making Dens in the Eastern U.S. WASHINGTON-Coyotes adapt to city life - even in D.C. But humans aren't adjusting as quickly to them. By Richard Rainey. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHU0AQ


Revise Marches to Social Agenda in Texas SPRING, Texas-Conservative state Board of Education leans on publishers to tweak marriage and sexuality references in public school health textbooks. By Scott Gold. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHV0AR


Illegal Taxis Keep Rolling Despite police crackdowns and stiffer penalties, bandit cabs thrive in the streets of Los Angeles. Some passengers prefer the service and lower fares. By Caitlin Liu. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHW0AS


Mileage Tax Idea Rife With Potholes Pay-by-distance driving is a hot topic among experts, but motorists want the proposal pulled over. By Sharon Bernstein. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHX0AT


Governor Criticized Over Stance on Forest Roads California Democrats in the House of Representatives call Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's failure to defend a Clinton-era protection an outrage. By Bettina Boxall. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHZ0AV  Nov 22 2004, 02:50 AM Post #61

Slight Slowing in Growth of Healthcare Costs Expected Companies in the Los Angeles area expect their healthcare expenditures to rise in 2005 somewhat more slowly than they have in recent years, in part because they plan to shift more costs to workers, according to a new survey. By Gary Cohn. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHa0Ac


Jack in the Box Will Spring for Employee Health Coverage http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHb0Ad


Michael Hiltzik: The Next Runaway Industry Visual effects are playing a major role in Hollywood's most popular movies, so why are the independent companies that create this movie magic getting squeezed?. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHd0Af


The Other Sneaker Drops Responding to the most violent incident in NBA history, Commissioner David Stern handed down its harshest sentence ever, suspending Ron Artest for the rest of the season and two Indiana teammates until mid-January. By Mark Heisler. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHe0Ag


The Palace Guard Gets Reinforcements AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-In the first game here since Friday's melee, the Detroit Pistons hosted the Charlotte Bobcats amid increased security, about 50 percent more than usual. The Pistons won in double overtime. By Lonnie White. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHf0Ah


The Anxious Wait for Results Medical tests can now be analyzed more quickly. But patients don't always reap the benefits. By Judy Foreman. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHl0An


Editorial: It Doesn't End With Fallouja The U.S. goal is to get an Iraqi army and police force trained to provide the nation's security and let American troops come home. That objective remains elusive. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHn0Ap


A Little Healing in Little Rock The Clinton Presidential Center is just four miles from the school where former Gov. Orval Faubus sent troops in 1957 to block nine black students from attending classes. Arkansas has come a long way since then. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHo0Aq


Breaking the Kashmir Impasse Both critics and admirers of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will agree on one thing: The man does not lack boldness or an appetite for risk-taking. By Rajan Menon. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHp0Ar


Unions Across a Divide By Mark Magnier LIUZHOU, China-Despite cross-strait tensions, Taiwanese men are flocking to China to find and bring back young brides who are eager for a better life. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekV...Io30G2B0GJHq0As


http://www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=4028 Won't Get Fooled Again?


http://www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=4023 Here We Go Again


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6550818/ Increase in Iraq force is likely


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...ps_041121220623 McCain: Up to 50,000 more US troops needed in Iraq


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/11/19/...ain656756.shtml Iraq: The Uncounted Hiding the Casualty Count


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...ortsreliability Doubts Fly on Terror Report's Reliability


http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/history-complicity.html History of Complicity


http://rightweb.irc-online.org/analysis/2004/0411hadley.php the Vulcans Consolidate Hardliner Hadley Named New National Security Advisor


http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/21/politics...1b869112a897db6 Pentagon Called Major Factor in Defeat of Intelligence Bill


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6542350/site/newsweek/ Broken Furniture at the CIA Officers See Need For Bigger Iraq Force By Bradley Graham BAGHDAD, Nov. 21 -- Senior U.S. military commanders in Iraq say it is increasingly likely they will need a further increase in combat forces to put down remaining areas of resistance in the country. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


The President's Yes Man By Alan Berlow In nominating Alberto Gonzales to be the next attorney general, President Bush has selected a man with a long record of giving him the kind of legal advice he wants. Unfortunately, that advice has not always been of the highest professional or ethical caliber. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Congress Agrees on Tight Budget for U.S. By Dan Morgan and Helen Dewar Congress reached final agreement last night on a $388 billion spending bill funding 13 government departments and dozens of domestic agencies in 2005, after last-minute objections from abortion rights advocates threatened to delay or derail the entire measure. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Spats Over Security Roil Summit in Chile By Mike Allen SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 21 -- For President Bush, it must have been like going out without his wallet. He turned around and the presidential shadow -- his Secret Service agent -- was gone. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Bush Seeks to Rule The Bureaucracy By Dana Milbank President Bush has ousted Saddam Hussein, toppled the Taliban and defeated the Democrats, but last week he took aim at a more enduring foe: the federal bureaucracy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Passage of Intelligence Bill Called Doubtful By Walter Pincus Key Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House said yesterday that it is doubtful that Congress will pass the intelligence reform bill when members return for two days in December, but some said success depends on lobbying by President Bush and Vice President Cheney. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...er=emailarticle


Worldwide effects of sinking dollar Its decline impacts everything from prices at Wal-Mart to the vigor of Europe's economy. By David R. Francis http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p01s01-usec.html?s=hns


Quietly, the war on drugs gains ground The effort is changing into a terror war of its own. By Rachel Van Dongen http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p01s02-woam.html?s=hns


In China, stresses spill over into riots Beijing responds with a new campaign after at least eight recent violent incidents. By Robert Marquand http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p01s03-woap.html?s=hns


Underneath tarps in Florida, glimmers of optimism Despite the hardships after this fall's hurricanes, the human spirit is shining through. By Richard Luscombe http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p01s04-ussc.html?s=hns


Hamas signals it wants a role in Palestinian vote The militant group is poised to sponsor candidates in legislative and municipal elections expected later next year. By Joshua Mitnick http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p04s01-wome.html?s=hns


Fallujah attacks expose new risks Marines face threats from fake surrenders even as they shift to rebuilding and handing out aid to civilians. By Scott Peterson http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p06s01-woiq.html?s=hns


The race for governor that simply won't end In Washington State, ballots are being recounted in closest statewide race in history. By Dean Paton http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p02s01-uspo.html?s=hns


What's behind decline in death sentences Americans are using the ultimate punishment less and less. But that doesn't mean it's on the way out. By Kris Axtman http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1122/p03s01-usju.html?s=hns


THE PROGRESS REPORT by Christy Harvey, Judd Legum and Jonathan Baskin November 22, 2004 THANKSGIVING What Are You Thankful For? On Wednesday, we're devoting a special Progress Report to what we're politically thankful for this Thanksgiving. And we want your help. Please e-mail us at pr@americanprogress.org, and tell us what policies, politicians, talking heads or political stories you've been thankful for this year. We'll publish a few of our favorites in Wednesday's Report. INTELLIGENCE Choosing Politics Over Safety President Bush claims keeping America safe is the top priority of his administration. Right-wing Republicans this weekend, however, made it clear they would rather score political points and protect the status quo than enact crucial safety reforms. Conservative leaders in the House of Representatives blocked the passage of bi-partisan, landmark legislation which would have enacted the major recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, refusing to let the bill designed to overhaul the nation's intelligence system come to a vote. This failure likely sounds the death knell for the legislation this year; all unapproved bills expire when the new Congress hits town in January, and lawmakers will have to start at square one next year for any intelligence reform legislation. Failure to pass the bill is a stunning blow to the work of the 9/11 Commission, to the families of the victims of the 2001 attacks, and to the safety of the United States. UNSPENT CAPITAL: After November 2, President Bush bragged that he had "earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." He apparently refused to spend that capital on this crucial intelligence reform bill, however. The New York Times reports, "Members of both parties, and independent analysts, said Sunday that they had no doubt Congress would have passed the measure had President Bush flexed his muscle, as he did last year for Medicare prescription drug legislation." Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), questioned Bush's motives in not leading an aggressive push to pass the bill, saying that some of the opposition the legislation faced, "quite frankly, is from the White House, despite what the president has said." PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE NATION'S SAFETY: Even without these right-wing conservatives, the vital intelligence legislation still had enough bi-partisan House support to sail through. Why, then, did Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) block the vote? He was unwilling to pass a bill by relying on votes from Democrats, "a scenario too embarrassing for Republicans to endure." Hastert's stubborn unwillingness to allow Democrats to claim any credit for passing the bill trumped his desire to pass the legislation the 9/11 commission called "essential" to protecting America from terrorism. Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean ®, said he was "obviously disappointed" by the decision to play politics with the vote: "There's no question it would have passed easily." Susan Collins (R-ME) agreed, saying, "what's so frustrating to us is that this bill has such widespread support." LOOKING OUT FOR NUMBER ONE: This is a turf war. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) led the charge to block the legislation, claiming that shifting intelligence operations to a central director could hurt getting intelligence to combat troops. In reality, the legislation does nothing to affect battleground intelligence. What it does affect, however, is the amount of power wielded by the Defense Department. The Pentagon currently controls a whopping 80 percent of the nation's $40 billion intelligence budget; this new legislation would force the Pentagon to yield some of its power. Hunter cited a letter from Gen. Richard Myers which opposed transferring power away from the Pentagon to a central director of national intelligence. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has "publicly expressed skepticism" about the legislation in the past. Tom Kean, the chairman of the 9/11 Commission, blamed senior Pentagon officials for the block: "I think there's no question that there are people in the Pentagon who want the status quo, and they fought very hard with their allies in Congress for the status quo." JUST A MOUTHPIECE? Confronted about his efforts to block the bill Sunday, Hunter claimed that "he believed he was voicing concerns that the Republican leadership privately shared. "I think there's a part of the speaker that is perhaps happy that we haven't concluded this deal." He added that Hastert "would much rather have had the House version" of the bill, which gave the national intelligence director much more limited authority. CIVIL LIBERTIES DEFEAT: Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) provided one part of the one-two punch which felled the legislation. His beef? In his opinion, the legislation didn't go far enough to revoke the rights of immigrants. He has long been a champion of banning the issuance of driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, a move both White House officials and other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called "unnecessary and an infringement on the rights of state governments." Sensenbrenner eventually dropped the driver's license provision, but immediately decided to reintroduce other provisions which curtailed civil liberties, such as giving "new discretion to immigration officials in deciding whether to grant political asylum to immigrants." When Senate negotiators and other House lawmakers said these too were unacceptable, Sensenbrenner decided to block the legislation. (At times, Sensenbrenner appeared to be blocking the legislation simply out of spite. At one point, the congressman was accidentally handed language for one section that he himself had originally submitted. He rejected it, saying it wasn't good enough.) HISTORY OF STONEWALLING 9/11 COMMISSION: The White House has a history of opposing the 9/11 Commission. President Bush vocally resisted forming an investigatory commission in the first place, only relenting over a year after the attacks. The White House then refused to fully fund the investigation, brushing off a request by Commission Chairman Kean for more money, even though the commission stated it could not complete the investigation without the funds. In January 2004, President Bush and Hastert opposed granting a two-month extension, even though commission members said the extra time was necessary in order to finish its work. (Two weeks later, after public outcry, the White House capitulated.) BUDGET Special Interests Get Front Seat On Omnibus Over the weekend, GOP leaders hastened to laud their new $388 billion omnibus spending bill as a "lean and clean package." But a close look at the measure demonstrates that when Republicans "tighten the purse strings," it's ordinary Americans that get hurt. Indeed, lawmakers supported funding cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency, State Department, federal air traffic controllers, National Science Foundation "and certain low-income education programs." But, somehow, there was enough money for Mariachi music in Nevada ($25,000), a "historic cafeteria building" in Alabama ($8 million) and the American Cotton Museum in Texas ($200,000). Those were just a few of the $15.8 billion worth of "pet projects" contained in the bill, "at a time when Congress can't fully fund White House requests for special education or Title I aid to local public school districts." Besides shortchanging programs crucial to low-income Americans, the bill also includes at least a few sneak attacks on American's rights. BILL VIOLATES PRIVACY: Perhaps the most shocking element of the bill was a provision, slipped in at the urging of Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK), which would have given two committee chairmen access to all Americans' income tax returns. After Democratic aides caught the language at the last second, GOP Senators, including Senate leader Bill First (R-TN), expressed outrage about the provision and promised to repeal it. As the DailyKos reports, however, the "Istook amendment" has a long history, making it unlikely it was merely a "mistake." BILL VIOLATES REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: The omnibus bill also includes an attack on Americans' abortion rights, making it "a little easier for hospitals, insurers and others to refuse to provide or cover abortions." Today, many clinics and providers, in exchange for federal funds, are required to tell pregnant women who do not wish to have a child that abortion is among their options. The omnibus provision, sponsored by Rep. David Weldon (R-FL) and slipped into the bill without discussion, "would make it more difficult to enforce that," threatening to "withhold all federal education and health funds" from local governments which required health care entities to provide such information. House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the Weldon amendment represented "an extraordinary sneak attack on women's rights," allowing doctors and hospitals to "simply ignore" Roe v. Wade. BILL HURTS ENVIRONMENT: Several late additions to the bill could have a devastating impact on the environment. One measure would "exempt large livestock and dairy farms from some environmental laws. Another...which would have exempted pesticide users from Endangered Species Act rules -- was stripped from the bill" at the last second because lawmakers thought it might delay passage of the entire bill. Environmentalists also expressed concern over measures that will authorize oil drilling in the National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, lift a wilderness designation from Georgia's Cumberland Island and allow commercial fish hatcheries in protected wilderness areas. BILL HURTS COLLEGE STUDENTS: Language in the new bill clears the way "for the government to scale back college grants for hundreds of thousands of low-income students." Brian Fitzgerald, director of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, "which Congress created to advise it on student aid," said the $300 million the administration hopes to save in the coming year will "very likely mean that more than 90,000 students, largely among those whose parents earn $35,000 to $40,000 a year, would lose their Pell grants." Hundreds of thousands of other students and families will face an increased burden. PRESENTS FOR THE PREZ: One thing the omnibus bill doesn't shortchange: imperial symbols of presidential power. The bill provides $2 million for the government to buy back the former presidential yacht, Sequoia. The yacht was sold three decades ago by President Jimmy Carter, who was "trying to rid the White House of an imperial image." Under the Radar SENATE -- FRIST SUPPORTS JUDICIAL FILIBUSTERS: Yesterday, Bob Schieffer confronted Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist (R., TN) with a question submitted by the Progress Report. Schieffer said, "Senator, a group called The American Progress Action Fund sent me a question to ask you. And here's what it says: `Senator Frist, if you oppose the use of the filibuster for judicial nominations, why did you vote to filibuster Judge Richard Paez when President Clinton nominated him to the 9th Circuit?'" Frist responded that he supported the use of judicial filibusters, saying, "Filibuster is used--and it's called cloture, as you know...Filibuster, cloture, it gets confusing--as a scheduling or to get more information is legitimate." In other words, Frist said his filibuster of Paez was legitimate because it wasn't an effort to block the nominee. But in a press release issued the day after the Paez vote, former Sen. Bob Smith (R., NH) said it was an effort to "block activist judicial nominees." CIVIL RIGHTS -- ENFORCEMENT PLUMMETS UNDER BUSH: Civil rights complaints -- including charges of abusive police tactics, racial violence, slavery or involuntary servitude, and blocked access to clinics -- have remained relatively constant over the last decade. The government's enforcement of civil rights laws dropped sharply, however, during the Bush administration's first term. A study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a non-partisan research center at Syracuse University in New York, notes that federal prosecutors filed nearly twice the number of criminal charges for violations of civil rights laws in 1999 than in 2003. Meanwhile, charges against terrorism suspects have increased significantly (despite the notably low conviction rate), while "federal charges on immigration violations increased more than 28 percent, according to the study." INCOMPETENCE -- STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT STILL UNRELIABLE: In 2003, the State Department issued a report which said "terrorist attacks and related deaths had dropped to the lowest levels in three decades, and top Bush administration officials immediately cited it as proof of their success in the global war on terrorism." Five months ago, "embarrassed State Department officials acknowledged widespread mistakes in the government's influential annual report." According to an interim report released in June, the data actually showed terrorist attacks had reached a 21-year high. Now, "internal investigators have found new and unrelated errors -- as well as broader underlying problems that they say essentially have destroyed the credibility of the statistics the report is based on." Problems include: "sloppy data collection, inexperienced employees, personnel shortages and lax oversight." Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) said that "either through indifference or incompetence ... these errors have damaged the credibility of this important assessment, undermining our ability to determine what policies and programs are effective in fighting terrorism." HEALTH -- MALNUTRITION DOUBLES AMONG IRAQI CHILDREN: According to the U.N., the Iraqi government and other aid groups, "acute malnutrition among young children in Iraq has nearly doubled since the United States led an invasion of the country 20 months ago." That means "roughly 400,000 Iraqi children [are] suffering from 'wasting,' a condition characterized by chronic diarrhea and dangerous deficiencies of protein." The malnutrition rate in Iraq "now roughly equals that of Burundi, a central African nation torn by more than a decade of war...[and] is far higher than rates in Uganda and Haiti." The numbers reflect the "silent human cost being paid across a country convulsed by instability and mismanagement." CORRUPTION -- HALLIBURTON MANIPULATES GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING RULES: Mother Jones reveals how "corporations like Halliburton get millions in government contracts designated for small minority businesses." Increasingly, multinational corporations are forming partnerships with tribal businesses -- which are eligible for programs targeted to minority-owned companies -- as "a way for large corporations with no Native American ownership to receive no-bid contracts [and]...an avenue for federal officials to steer work to favored companies." Under such an arrangement, "between 15 and 50 percent of the work must be done by employees of the tribal company." An analysis by Mother Jones reveals that "in 1999, the largest tribal firms received just $195.5 million worth of no-bid work, or roughly 3 percent of the awards under the federal government's program to assist small and minority-owned companies. By 2003, however, large tribal companies were getting $1.3 billion worth of contracts without any competition." DON'T MISS DAILY TALKING POINTS: Conservatives Put Politics Ahead of Security on Intelligence Reform. ELECTIONS: American Progress's Hubbard on the youth vote CORRUPTION: McCain speaks out on the Boeing contract IRAQ: Military officers say more troops needed. DAILY GRILL I am "disappointed that the [intelligence reform] bill didn't pass." -- President Bush, 11/22/04 VERSUS ''Some of it [the opposition to the bill], quite frankly, is from the White House, despite what the president has said." -- Pat Roberts, 11/21/04 DAILY OUTRAGE Among the 11,700 pork barrel projects packed into the new spending bill: $45,000 for an "A+ for Abstinence" program in Pennsylvania, $250,000 for "asparagus technology," and $2 million to buy back the former presidential yacht Sequoia.


Bush Says Iraqi Elections Will Make World Safer http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A36:2F72C9D President says vote will help reduce threat of future terror attacks President Bush, left, and Chilean President Ricardo Largos answer questions during a joint press conference at La Moneda palace in SantiagoPresident Bush says elections in Iraq scheduled for January 30 will help reduce the threat of future terrorist attacks. President Bush and Chilean President Ricardo Lagos reviewed an honor guard at the presidential palace and met for about 40 minutes following the end of the APEC summit. Taking questions from reporters after those talks, President Bush said he recognizes that President Lagos did not agree with his decision to invade Iraq. Mr. Bush says he respects that opposition, and the Chilean leader is still his friend. "It's important to develop a democracy there. I fully recognize some do not believe that a democracy can take hold in Iraq. I strongly disagree. I believe not only democracy can take hold in Iraq, I believe a democracy will take hold in Iraq," he said. President Bush says Iraqi elections scheduled for the end of January are an important step forward for the country. He said interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is a strong, capable democrat who believes in the possibilities of the people of Iraq and knows that those possibilities will be unleashed in a free society. "And so the United States of America will stay the course and we will complete the task. We will help Iraq develop a democracy and the world will be better off for it. Free societies don't attack each other. Democracies listen to the aspirations of their people, not feed hatred and resentment and future terrorists. What we are doing is the right thing in Iraq. And history will prove it right," he said. Many of the 21 members of the APEC forum opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Several days of street demonstrations here in Santiago protested that invasion and recent fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. President Bush says whether people agree with his decision or not, there are two things, he says, that people must agree with: that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power and that it is important to succeed in Iraq by developing a democracy there. Continuing violence in Iraq has raised questions about whether January elections can proceed, and if so, how many Iraqis in what areas will be able to cast their ballots. U.S. military commanders in Iraq say they are on track to establish sufficient security ahead of the vote. With the APEC summit closed, President Bush leaves for Colombia Monday for talks with President Alvaro Uribe on continuing efforts to stop the flow of illegal narcotics. The two leaders will take questions from reporters at Colombia's naval academy before the president and Mrs. Bush return to their Texas ranch.


Iraqi Elections Scheduled for January 30 http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A30:2F72C9D Voters to elect 275-seat national assembly, announcement follows successful military effort to oust insurgents from Fallujah Announcement of the national elections was made by Iraq's election commission. Voters will go to the polls January 30 to elect a 275-seat national assembly. The assembly will draft a new constitution for Iraq and, later in the year, voters will return to the polls to decide whether to approve it. If approved, there will be a second general election to be held by the end of 2005. News of the election date being set seemed to please many Iraqis who say they look forward to change. A 30-year-old mother, Khalood al-Zayadi, who works at an Iraqi newspaper says she is one of them. "Everyone in Iraq want the election, to do it on time. And, we want those elections because maybe many things change. Maybe the government change. Maybe the leader of Iraq change. Maybe laws of Iraq will change. Many, many things will be changed," she said. According to Iraqi merchant Mohammed Salam Yanni, January 30 will be the day Iraqis get to speak for themselves. "We wish for it to be 30 of January. And, we will go to cooperate with our government and to do what we need, what we want to do, and what we wish," said Mr. Yanni. Not all Iraqis are in favor of holding the elections in January. There are many Sunni Muslim Iraqis who say they plan to boycott the elections because of fear of violence in their communities, or to protest the U.S. presence in Iraq. In that regard, U.S. and Iraqi troops continued their clean-up of the once-rebellious city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, as part of the effort to clear the way for Januarys elections. Military officials in Iraq said nearly 1,500 people in the Fallujah area were detained during the almost two-week military offensive to rid the city of insurgents. Efforts are now focusing on maintaining peace in the city where the dominant population is Sunni Muslim. A senior official with Iraq's Interior Ministry said the operation in Fallujah was, as he put it, "completely successful and all but over." However, American and Iraqi troops have been forced to deal with trouble spots in other parts of the country, where insurgents have been waging battle, including Baghdad. Saturday a total of nine people were killed in a series of attacks throughout the city.


Powell Gets Israeli Support to Facilitate Palestinian Elections http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A2D:2F72C9D US Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, then with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has received assurances from Israel that it will do all it can to facilitate Palestinian elections scheduled for early January. The United States hopes Mr. Powell's visit will revitalize Middle East peace efforts. Secretary Powell has repeatedly spoken of a "moment of opportunity," and he's come to the area to try to get Israelis and Palestinians to seize it. Washington strongly supports Palestinian plans to hold elections January 9 to choose a successor to Yasser Arafat. And, he wants Israel to do its part to allow those elections to take place freely and without interference. Mr. Powell met Monday morning with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and then with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom. "The Palestinians will need access for candidates to move around, for people to get to polling stations," said Mr. Powell. "We didn't get into the specifics of timing of actions that Israel might take, but they understand what the need is." Foreign Minister Shalom promised support as long as it does not jeopardize Israeli security."Israel will do everything it can in order to ease conditions for the Palestinians to have their own elections," he said. "It includes, of course freedom of movement." Mr. Shalom did not specify whether Israel would actually withdraw its troops from Palestinian areas, as called for by Palestinian leaders. Secretary Powell also called on both sides to live up to the commitments they made under the road map peace plan, which was launched a year and a half ago, but never got off the ground. He said the Palestinians must halt violence. "What we really need is for the Palestinian side in this new era to speak out clearly against terrorism and to gather in all of the elements of the Palestinian community and to make it clear to them that it is time to stop all incitement, to stop all violence," stated Mr. Powell. "And, if they do that, what I've heard from my Israeli colleague this morning is that they will act in kind. That's what we're looking for - both sides to be able to act in concert with one another and in a responsible manner." Mr. Powell followed up his talks in Jerusalem with a visit to the West Bank city of Jericho where he met with the new interim Palestinian leadership, including PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia. Later on Monday, the secretary flies to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik for an international conference on Iraq.


-IAEA: Iran's Nuclear Work May Have Stopped http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A31:2F72C9D Mohamed ElBaradei also says Iran's government still needs to do a lot to allay fears that it is secretly trying to build nuclear weapons The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran appears to have suspended its uranium-enrichment activities, as it had promised. Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters Monday, at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, he thinks "pretty much everything has come to a halt" at Iran's nuclear laboratories, but that the U.N. agency will need a few days to verify Tehran's compliance. Mr. ElBaradei says the IAEA should have a definite answer about Iran's uranium-enrichment work by Thursday. The enrichment process can be used to produce either nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes (such as reactors to generate electricity) or weapons-grade uranium suitable for warheads. The United States contends Iran is engaged in a secret plan to build nuclear weapons. Last week, President Bush said he has seen evidence that Iran was trying to accelerate its military program ahead of today's deadline. Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.


Ukraine Presidential Election Results Disputed http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A35:2F72C9D Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rally in main square of Ukraine's capital to protest what they say is fraud in Sunday's run-off election Ukraine's pro-Western presidential candidate has called for mass protests after official returns show the pro-Russian prime minister with an all-but unassailable lead in the hotly-contested presidential run-off. A joint observer mission representing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and NATO said they had seen abuse of state resources in favor of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko called on his supporters Monday to "defend this victory" in the streets, as the vote count continued in Ukraine's capital city Kiev. He called the official count a fraud, and appealed to the European Union to put pressure on the government to concede defeat in Sunday's pivotal election. The opposition leader alleges that fraud took place in eastern Ukraine, which is heavily populated by Russian speakers and where Mr. Yanukovich has his base of support. The opposition leader says turnout figures of 96 percent in that region appeared inflated, and he charges that buses transported many voters to different locales in order for them to vote more than once. International election monitors also reported widespread irregularities during Sunday's vote. Various exit polls late Sunday night indicated that Mr. Yushchenko enjoyed a substantial lead. However a spokesman for Mr. Yanukovich dismissed the opposition's claims, saying the exit polls were "inaccurate and unrealistic." Tens of thousands of Mr. Yushchenko's supporters gathered in central Kiev Sunday evening and again Monday morning, to protest alleged ballot fraud after the preliminary results showing Prime Minister Yanukovich in the lead. The election is considered one of the most important in the former Soviet Union since the collapse of communism in 1991. Observers say the choice is whether the country of nearly 50-million people moves closer to Europe politically or remains firmly in Russia's orbit. Russian President Vladimir Putin made two unprecedented trips to Ukraine during the election campaign to all but endorse Mr. Yanukovich, who heads one of the country's largest business clans and wants to make Russian a second language. Mr. Yanukovich is also the chosen successor to outgoing President Leonid Kuchma, whose 10-year rule has been marked by allegations of human rights abuses and corruption. The United States and European Union have warned Ukrainian authorities that "there will be consequences" if the election is not seen as being free and fair. Security Report: US Must Change Course on North Korea http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A33:2F72C9D International Crisis Group says US, allies must establish a new set of threats, rewards to resolve tense nuclear standoff with North Korea Meeting with Asia-Pacific leaders in Chile this weekend, President Bush renewed calls for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear stalemate with North Korea. But an influential security group says the president will have to radically reorient his approach if he hopes to make any headway with Pyongyang. The Geneva-based International Crisis Group issued a new eight-point plan this month for resolving the tense nuclear standoff with North Korea. The politically left-leaning organization says the United States and its allies must establish a new set of threats and rewards if they want North Korea to rejoin stalled six-nation disarmament talks. The ICG is calling on the United States to provide Pyongyang with a detailed energy assistance and security package available as soon as North Korea disarms. North Korea has previously rejected U.S. offers that included vague promises of aid after disarmament but lacked specifics. The ICG plan also calls for Russia, China, South Korea and Japan to support tough new U.S.-led economic sanctions if Pyongyang refuses to give up its nuclear ambitions. Peter Beck, one of the principal authors of the new proposal, says the plan requires each of the five countries to give something up in order to confront North Korea with a single voice. "That requires concessions by all parties but the bottom line is, if there isn't better coordination between the five parties working neither the sticks nor the carrots can work effectively," he said. The five countries have each pursued slightly different approaches towards disarming North Korea. China, one of North Korea's few communist allies, has avoided openly challenging Pyongyang preferring to mediate between the parties. South Korea has fostered a more sympathetic relationship with the North, offering massive aid packages while avoiding confrontational demands. But Japan and especially the United States have consistently pushed for a harder line with Pyongyang. Washington has, so far, refused to offer any explicit trades in return for North Korean disarmament. President Bush insists he will not reward Pyongyang for breaking its international agreements to not have nuclear weapons. The ICG says Washington must also de-link demands for nuclear disarmament with other concerns including missile technology control and improved human rights. Peter Beck says the United States has to give up its broader agenda and focus on the imminent nuclear threat. "Yes, everything is interconnected but the nuclear issue by itself is so complicated that it's unrealistic to load the agenda with human rights and other concerns," added Mr. Beck. There have been three rounds of largely fruitless talks since 2003. North Korea has so far refused to attend a fourth round of talks hosted by Beijing. And the ICG says further delays only increase the odds that Pyongyang is adding weapons to its nuclear stockpile. North Korea expelled U.N. atomic energy inspectors nearly two years ago, withdrew from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has restarted its nuclear facilities it had promised to dismantle. Pyongyang has defended its actions, saying nuclear weapons are its only protection against a possible U.S.-led invasion. Washington has repeatedly denied any plans for a military assault on North Korea. Pyongyang has also demanded massive economic assistance to help rebuild its weakened economy before it will consider giving up its nuclear weapons. Longtime supporters of President Bush's hard-line say the United States should resist changing course or making any concessions. Kim Tae-Woo, a policy expert at South Korea's Institute for Defense Analysis, thinks it would be a mistake. "If we solve the nuclear problems by confining the agenda only to nuclear issues, than what next? Will we just tolerate the North Korean human rights problem, missiles and chemical weapons and biological weapons? That's not the answer," he said. But the International Crisis Group says those issues cannot be addressed until the immediate specter of nuclear confrontation has been removed. The group estimates that North Korea may have developed as many as 10 nuclear bombs in the 25 months since it was accused of having a secret development program. The ICG concedes it is possible North Korea will still resist international pressure and refuse to disarm. But unless the United States and its allies make one final good faith effort to end the stalemate peacefully, the group says more coercive action later will lack legitimacy


APEC Summit Ends http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A2C:2F72C9D Chilean President Ricardo Lagos says APEC to develop plans for further reducing trade barriers Ricardo LagosThe summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum has come to a close in Santiago, Chile, with an agreement to continue working towards a free-trade area of the Pacific rim. The final declaration from the Santiago APEC summit included initiatives to promote more free trade within the framework established by the group, to increase security and anti-terrorism efforts, and to enhance cooperation generally in the Asia-Pacific region. The summit host, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, read the declaration. He said the APEC leaders had instructed trade ministers to develop plans for further reducing trade barriers in the region in order to fulfill the goals established a decade ago at a summit in Indonesia. Under that plan, the regional nations were to form a free-trade area by the year 2020, with industrialized nations in Asia and the Pacific taking the first step by lowering their trade barriers by no later than 2010. Mr. Lagos also noted that the declaration contained measures to strengthen security in the region for such things as shipping and commercial air traffic. In regard to the latter, the APEC leaders agreed to take steps to restrict the spread of shoulder-fired missiles that could present a grave danger to aviation. Speaking in English, the Chilean leader then thanked the participants from the 21 Asia and Pacific economies for the work they had accomplished and looked forward to next year's APEC summit in South Korea. "Next year is going to be a further step in order to make the APEC economies economies that are going to grow with equity for everybody and all our people." The APEC leaders also pledged to work for the success of the current round of World Trade Organization talks aimed at lowering commercial barriers worldwide. A WTO summit in Cancun, Mexico last year ended in disarray over the issue of agricultural subsidies, but ministers from the 148 WTO member nations have since restored momentum to the negotiations. The APEC leaders also voiced support for the entry of Vietnam and Russia to the world-trade body.


Bush Focuses on Latin America During Visit with Chilean President http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A37:2F72C9D US president emphasizes commitment to strong relations with Latin America After the wrap up of the summit of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Santiago, Chile, President Bush held private talks with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos. Mr. Bush emphasized his commitment to strong relations with Latin America. In a joint news conference following their meeting, President Bush and President Lagos hailed the benefits of the free trade agreement between their two nations. But a Chilean reporter asked President Bush if he was losing influence in the Americas to China. Chinese President Hu Jintao has extended his nation's influence in recent months through trade talks and investment projects amounting to more than $10 billion with nations like Brazil and Argentina. The Chinese have also sought energy and basic commodity agreements in Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. But President Bush said he did not view commerce as a, in his words, "zero sum." He said China's growing economy offers increased trade opportunities to both Latin America and the United States. In regard to his guest worker program that would benefit Mexican immigrants to the United States, Mr. Bush said he does plan to use some of what he calls his "political capital" after winning re-election earlier this month to push for congressional approval of the plan. "We would much rather have security guards chasing down terrorists or drug smugglers than people coming to work and so, therefore, I think a guest-worker program is important and I look forward to working with Congress on it," he said. The president said his plan to engage Congress on this issue will be simple and straightforward. "I think it is an important piece of legislation and I am looking forward to working it. You asked me what my tactics are. I am going to look for supporters on the hill [in Congress] and move it," he said. Reporters also asked President Bush about the looming U.S. deficit and the effect that it has had on the world economy. Mr. Bush said part of his plan to cut the short-term U.S. deficit involves reform of so-called "unfunded liabilities" such as Social Security and Medicare. He said Chile has a model that could be helpful in this regard. "For example, in Social Security, I talked about the need for personal savings accounts for younger workers as a part of a solution. Frankly, the Chilean model serves as a good example for those who are going to be writing the law in the United States," he said. Chile adopted a privatized retirement system in 1981 after the state-sponsored pension plan came to the brink of bankruptcy. Under the system now in place, workers contribute a percentage of their wages to one of several independently managed mutual funds. Although the Chilean plan is now considered fiscally solid, critics note that it fails to cover all workers and that even some retired workers under the plan rely on government subsidies to remain above the poverty line. Still, the overall success of the Chilean pension plan has attracted the attention of lawmakers in Washington who are seeking ways of reforming the U.S. Social Security system before it faces crisis.


India, Pakistan Prime Ministers to Discuss Kashmir http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A2E:2F72C9D Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to visit India as part of tour of nations in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Shaukat Aziz The prime ministers of India and Pakistan will meet Tuesday in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to prepare for a second round of peace talks this month over the long-disputed region of Kashmir. Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz says the disputed territory of Kashmir will be high on the agenda when he meets with his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh. "We obviously expect to have substantive dialogue on bilateral issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir," he said. Both India and Pakistan claim the mountainous territory of Kashmir, which is currently divided between them. It has been the reason they fought two major wars and several skirmishes in the past 50 years. This year they have stepped up dialogue to try to resolve the dispute. In fact, last month Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf outlined some new proposals for resolving the dispute, including demilitarizing the region and dropping Pakistan's demand for Kashmir's mostly Muslim population to vote on its status. After a series of such overtures, old problems seem to have cropped up again when Mr. Singh, who made his inaugural visit to Kashmir, ruled out any border changes, despite starting to cut Indian troops stationed in divided territory. His firm border stance again drew criticism from Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf Saturday who accused the Indian leadership of making what he called negative statements that are counter-productive to peace. "We would like to move forward. We would like to meet India halfway. [But] we will not move all the way," said Mr. Musharraf. "We will leave our position when India leaves its position, never unilaterally." Prime Minister Aziz's visit to India is part of a tour of nations in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, known as SAARC. On Sunday in Islamabad, Mr. Aziz told reporters that keeping the peace process with India going is vital for the entire region. "The relations between Pakistan and India affect the effectiveness of SAARC. So, to the extent our bilateral relations make further progress, SAARC can be made more effective," he stated. Critics blame tensions between India and Pakistan for the slow economic progress and increasing poverty in the SAARC nations, which also include Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives and Bangladesh. A second round of peace talks between senior Indian and Pakistani officials will begin later this month. Besides Kashmir, the two nuclear-capable rival nations are discussing ways to reduce chances of a nuclear conflict between them and to enhance bilateral trade relations.


Indian PM Holds Out Olive Branch to Rebel Groups http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A2F:2F72C9D Decades of regional rebellions killed more than 45,000 Manmohan Singh India's prime minister has invited rebel groups in the country's restive northeast for talks to end decades of conflict in the region. Manmohan Singh made the offer on a three-day tour of the region amid tight security. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made his offer of talks to rebel groups Sunday in the northeast as he visited Manipur state, the first stop of his tour. "This is an open invitation to all those young men and young women who have taken to arms to give up this path and work with us to bring about peace and prosperity in all the northeastern states," he said. Mr. Singh began his three-day tour of the northeast Saturday by promising to review an anti-insurgency law that gives Indian troops sweeping powers to search, arrest and shoot suspected militants. The law is deeply resented by locals, who accuse soldiers of overstepping their authority. Mr. Singh is also pledging to address economic development in the northeastern states in order to promote peace. The northeast is one of India's most underdeveloped regions, comprising seven states that are inhabited by scores of different ethnic and tribal groups and about two dozen rebel groups seeking some form of autonomy or independence. Many accuse both the federal and state governments of neglecting the region's economy while plundering its rich natural resources. Mr. Singh is also visiting the state of Assam, where in early October a spate of bomb attacks and killings left scores of people dead. Mr. Singh says the government has received positive signals about possible talks from the outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam, one of the most influential rebel groups in the region. Decades of regional rebellions have killed more than 45,000 people.


Pakistan Finds Huge Arms Cache in South Waziristan http://enews.voanews.com/t?ctl=A10A34:2F72C9D Troops find more than 3.5 tons of explosives, hundreds of mortar shells The Pakistani military says its forces have raided two suspected militant compounds in the semi-autonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan and recovered a huge cache of weapons. Military sources say the troops found more than 3.5 tons of explosives, hundreds of mortar shells, 18 rocket shells and more than 35,000 rounds of ammunition. The troops also seized a vehicle used by the militant leader and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Abdullah Mehsud, who masterminded the October kidnapping of two Chinese engineers. One of them died during a rescue raid. Pakistan's military began the offensive to flush out suspected al-Qaida-linked Islamic fighters from South Waziristan in March. The region is considered a possible hideout for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.


TSA Asks Air Travelers to 'Partner' on Security Screening During Holidays; 'Partnership is the key to success,' Says Admiral Stone 11/22/2004 2:03:00 PM To: National Desk, Transportation Reporter Contact: Transportation Security Administration Public Affairs, 571-227-2829; Web: http://www.tsa.gov WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 U.S. Newswire -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today encouraged air travelers to become partners over the holiday season in ensuring security and minimizing passenger wait-times at screening checkpoints. Rear Adm. David M. Stone, the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA, said it is important that travelers be prepared for checkpoints during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holidays when enhanced screening and heavy air traffic will combine with the time-consuming challenge of X-raying bulky winter clothing and added carry-ons. "Partnership is the key to success," said Admiral Stone. "We're asking all travelers to take a few minutes to check the travel tips on our Web site so prohibited items are left at home and everyone is ready for screening. If people are prepared, it helps our screeners focus on ensuring security and maintaining low passenger wait times." TSA in September announced it was increasing the use of explosives trace detectors, expanding the use of manual pat-down searches, and referring more passengers for additional screening based on visual observations by screeners, even if an alarm has not gone off. As always, passengers have the right to a private screening. "A vigilant America may well have discouraged terrorist acts tied to high-profile events like the recent political conventions and the election," Admiral Stone said. "The holidays also are a period when increased vigilance is especially appropriate." Thanksgiving has the most concentrated travel of the year. To ensure checkpoints are fully staffed, leave will be restricted for TSA employees, managers will be working alongside screeners, and checkpoints may open earlier or close later, depending on the airport. Also, many TSA Headquarters employees and management will be volunteering to work at airports in non-security roles, such as handling baggage and helping passengers prepare for screening. TSA's checkpoint protocols now require all passengers to remove outer coats and jackets for X-ray before proceeding through the metal detectors. That includes suit and sport coats, athletic warm-up jackets and blazers. If a sports coat or blazer is being worn as the outermost garment - not over a blouse or sweater, for example - it does not have to come off. Passengers who attempt to take firearms and ammunition through the checkpoint in their carry-on luggage continue to be a problem. Through October, more than 2,200 firearms had been intercepted since TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation's 450 airports in February 2002. Nationally in recent months, ammunition has been intercepted more than 2,000 times a month. All firearms and ammunition must be declared to airline ticket agents and properly stored in checked baggage. Air travelers can make a significant contribution to security by checking out "Prepare for Takeoff" at http://www.TSA.gov. The website has good advice for packing smart and not wearing jewelry, shoes or clothing that may set off metal detector alarms, as well as lists of Permitted and Prohibited Items. When traveling with children, a discussion in advance of airport security may be helpful. At the checkpoint, children will need to temporarily part with such things as blankets and stuffed animals, and older children need to know that any comment suggesting a threat to an aircraft or its passengers is taken seriously by TSA screeners. Other important TSA travel tips include: As you wait in line at the security checkpoint, place all metal items in a carry-on bag and take laptops and video cameras out of their cases. Travel with unwrapped gifts. If a wrapped gift sets off an alarm, TSA screeners will need to unwrap the gift to resolve the alarm. To minimize the risk of damage or loss, don't pack fragile or valuable items in checked baggage. Take them with you in carry- on baggage, or ship them to your destination instead. Put undeveloped film in carry-on baggage because equipment used to screen checked baggage will damage film. Also, high- speed and specialty film should not be put through X-ray machines, so passengers may ask screeners at the checkpoint to physically inspect film. You are NOT REQUIRED to remove your shoes before you enter the walk-through metal detector. However, TSA screeners encourage you to remove them because many types of footwear - including boots, platform shoes, and footwear containing metal or having a thick sole or heel - will require additional screening even if the metal detector DOES NOT alarm. Screeners request certain shoes that match a terrorist profile to be removed for additional checks. This is one of the lessons of the "Richard Reid" incident. Get to the airport in plenty of time. Remember to put identification tags in and on all baggage including laptops. Everyone, even frequent fliers, should double check the contents of their pockets and bags, particularly carry-on luggage, to ensure no prohibited items were inadvertently packed. Passengers selected for additional screening have the right to request it be done in a private location. Don't overpack bags. If screeners have to open them, closing overstuffed bags can be difficult and may result in that checked bag being delayed until a later flight. If TSA screeners need to open a locked bag for inspection, they may have to break the lock. There are now products on the market that have uniform locking systems that enable screeners to open and relock a bag. Passengers without such devices may still want to consider leaving bags unlocked.


Government Tells Families to Discuss/Document Health History on Thanksgiving 11/22/2004 12:28:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: Sue Blevins, 202-429-6610, for Institute for Health Freedom; http://www.ForHealthFreedom.org WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 U.S. Newswire -- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has declared this Thanksgiving the first annual "National Family History Day." HHS is encouraging American families to discuss and document medical histories during Thanksgiving. Citizens also are being told to share their family's health data with their doctors. "But a lot of people do not realize what happens with personal family information once it's out of their hands. Federal law says that after personal family information is shared with health-care providers, the data can be released to many others (such as insurance companies and public-health officials) without families' consent," said Sue A. Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom. "Moreover, in most instances citizens don't have a right to find out to whom their family health information was released." With the passage of the so-called federal medical privacy rule, Americans lost their long-standing right to health privacy. That rule eliminated individuals' right to give or withhold consent before their medical information -- including genetic information -- is shared with many others. "When the misnamed federal medical 'privacy' rule came in the door, out went true health privacy," stresses Blevins. "A great number of people remain extremely concerned about the lack of medical privacy. In fact, more than 5,000 citizens have filed complaints with the federal government alleging breaches of health privacy," Blevins pointed out. "Regardless of the lack of true medical privacy, it is not the federal government's role to tell families how to spend their Thanksgiving holiday," Blevins said. For information about health privacy issues and the Institute for Health Freedom, visit IHF's Web site: http://www.ForHealthFreedom.org.


Annual Survey Finds High-Quality State Preschool Programs Are the Exception, Not the Rule; Preschool Enrollment Increased Nationally, Spending Per Child Dropped 11/22/2004 8:55:00 AM To: National Desk, Education Reporter Contact: Pat Ainsworth of the National Institute for Early Education Research, 732-932-4350 WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 U.S. Newswire -- The second annual survey of state preschool programs found a huge disparity in availability from state to state and even within state boundaries. The report concludes that "across our nation, high- quality and readily available state-funded preschool programs are the exception rather than the rule." The State of Preschool: 2004 State Preschool Yearbook released today reports that nationally, total enrollment of three- and four-year-olds in state-funded programs rose in the past school year, but spending per preschool student fell. Twenty-one states actually cut funding to preschool programs. Twelve states had no state-financed programs at all. The Yearbook is a project of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), established by The Pew Charitable Trusts to support early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan research-based information. Covering the school year 2002-2003, the report cited research showing that children from disadvantaged families who attend high-quality pre-school programs acquire more education, earn more money, commit fewer crimes and become more responsible citizens than children from similar families who do not attend high-quality preschool. This leads to a better-educated, more productive workforce, enhancing the ability of states and communities to sustain economic growth and compete in the global marketplace, according to the research. "The instability of funding is particularly disturbing -- and unwise, given that few other state expenditures are so important to our children's future or return so much on the state's investment," said NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett of Rutgers University. "There would be public outcry were such cuts levied on kindergarten or first grade. The education of younger children is no less deserving of protection from the year-to-year swings in the economy." The costs of high-quality prekindergarten "are modest relative to overall state budgets," the Yearbook reported. "If states simply paid for the same share of preschool education that they do for K-12, the added cost would be just a bit more than one penny per dollar of overall state spending." NIEER recommended that states increase funding to improve access to and quality of their programs and that the federal government increase its investment in prekindergarten by offering to match state government spending that is accompanied by high standards. The Yearbook dealt at length with the wide disparities that exist, not only in the availability of preschool programs, but also in their quality. "The state preschool picture across the United States is one of haves and have-nots, with notable regional differences," the Yearbook said. "The access to a good education depends on where a child lives and the income of the family. Parents looking for a state where state-funded preschool is open to all families will find only two states (Georgia and Oklahoma) from which to choose." As to quality, the survey found only 13 state programs that required teachers to have a BA degree and specialized training in preschool education. On the positive side, the survey found that New Jersey, North Carolina, and Louisiana increased funding substantially. In terms of access, Louisiana, Kansas, and North Carolina made noteworthy gains. The wide-ranging analyses and commentary accompanying the state-by-state data challenged some widely held assumptions and raised provocative issues, for instance: -- Families in the western states have less access to prekindergarten programs for their children than families in the rest of the country. -- Families with incomes just below the national average ($40,000 to $50,000) have less access to high-quality preschool than poorer or wealthier families. The wealthy families can afford good private programs. Poorer families are more likely to have access to targeted government-funded programs -- though, because of inadequate funding and difficulty in identifying eligible families, almost half of poor children do not benefit from such programs. -- Targeted programs such as federal Head Start often fail to enroll all children living in poverty. The report recommends that "more states should follow the lead of Georgia and Oklahoma to expand access for all children and at the same time ensure that children with the greatest needs are included in prekindergarten and receive the services necessary to fully support their learning and development." -- Better education for their children is the primary factor that motivates parents to seek high quality prekindergarten programs, not the need for child care so the parents can work. The Yearbook concentrates on state-financed prekindergarten programs and not federal Head Start or private programs receiving no state funding. It lists a "dirty dozen" states with no state- funded prekindergarten programs. They are Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. More than 900,000 children ages three and four live in those states. The 38 states with preschool initiatives were ranked on access to and resources committed to preschool education. Quality was measured against 10 research-based benchmarks. The major findings were: ACCESS -- Thirty-eight states funded one or more state prekindergarten initiatives, serving a total of nearly 740,000 children (about 45,000 more than the previous year). -- Georgia and Oklahoma continued to be the only states that made prekindergarten universally available to children. Across the United States, only one out of 10 children ages three and four was participating in state preschool programs, as most states targeted programs to serve economically or otherwise disadvantaged children. -- Twenty states enrolled at least 10 percent of their four- year-olds in state preschool programs. There is considerably less emphasis on state-funded prekindergarten for three-year-olds -- a fact borne out by the fact that only three states served 10 percent or more of their three-year-olds. -- Half the states had increases in enrollments in 2003. The biggest gains, exceeding 50 percent, occurred in Nebraska, Nevada and North Carolina. Among the biggest losses were a 50 percent drop in New Mexico and ten percent drop in Massachusetts. QUALITY -- Only one state, Arkansas, met all ten of NIEER's quality benchmarks. Initiatives in Illinois, North Carolina and New Jersey's Abbott program met nine of the 10 benchmarks. Twenty state initiatives met five or fewer of the 10 benchmarks. -- Only 13 state prekindergarten initiatives required teachers to have both a bachelor's degree and specialized training in early childhood education. In addition, only 13 programs required preschool teachers to be paid comparably to public school teachers for older children, even though adequate compensation is necessary for attracting and retaining the most qualified and effective teachers. RESOURCES -- State funding for prekindergarten initiatives totaled $2.54 billion. Over three-fifths of this funding was from five states - - California, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. -- Compared to the previous year, total state spending (adjusted for inflation) rose by $90 million, or four percent. However, state funding per child enrolled decreased by $90. -- State Spending per child enrolled in state-funded preschool ranged from less than $1,000 in Maryland to more than $8,700 in New Jersey. State spending per child averaged about $3,500, less than half the total funding provided per child by federal Head Start or public K-12 education. Local schools add an unknown, but likely significant, amount of resources. -- Sixteen states increased preschool spending in 2002-2003. The largest increase was $110 million in New Jersey followed by $24 million in North Carolina. Funding decreased in 21 states. The decrease exceeded ten percent in Missouri, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, Ohio and Iowa. ------ The National Institute for Early Education Research, -- http://www.nieer.org -- a unit of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., supports early childhood education policy by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. NIEER is supported through grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and others. The Pew Charitable Trusts -- http://www.pewtrusts.org -- serve the public interest by providing information, policy solutions and support for civic life. Based in Philadelphia, with an office in Washington, D.C., the Trusts make investments to provide organizations and citizens with fact-based research and practical solutions for challenging issues. With approximately $4.1 billion in dedicated assets, in 2003 the Trusts committed more than $143 million to 151 nonprofit organizations.


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Ukraine Election Fraud Alleged KIEV, Ukraine-Thousands protest in streets as official count shows Moscow-backed prime minister headed for victory in bitter presidential race. By David Holley. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekX...Io30G2B0GJTW0AR Marines Take Aim at a New Hot Spot JABELLA, Iraq-U.S. Marines accompanied by Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive aimed at regaining control of northern Babil province, a region just south of Baghdad beset by kidnappings, shootings and carjackings for more than a year. By Bruce Wallace. http://email.latimes.com/cgi-bin1/DM/y/ekX...Io30G2B0GJTX0AS  Nov 23 2004, 03:03 AM Post #153

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