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May 18, 2004

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New York Times Political Headlines:
Kerry Says Bush Undercuts Environment
Senator John Kerry accused the Bush administration Tuesday of "playing dirty" in what he described as its undoing of 30 years of environmental regulation.
Bush Spent a Record on His Race in March
President Bush, who has already set a fund-raising record in this year's race, has now set a record for monthly spending as well, laying out almost $50 million in March.
Excerpts From Supreme Court Arguments on Detainees at Guantánamo
Following are excerpts from arguments yesterday before the Supreme Court on whether the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are entitled to access to federal court, as recorded by Federal News Service Inc. John J. Gibbons, a retired federal judge, argued for the detainees and Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson for the government. A full transcript is at nytimes.com/washington.
Bush-Cheney Interview on 9/11 Is Set
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will appear together on April 29 before the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, an official said Tuesday.
Chronicler of Juicy Details of Officialdom
For months, making no noise. Then, every couple of years or so, Bob Woodward produces a book that sets Washington abuzz.
In the Real Reality TV, the C.I.A.'s Chief Is the Survivor
George J. Tenet, who has spent much of the last six weeks being questioned about intelligence failures on his watch, is emerging as a case study in political survival.
Names of the Dead
The Department of Defense has identified 695 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans this week:.
National Briefing: Washington
BUSH 2000 CAMPAIGN TO PAY FINE.
Clarett Turns to Supreme Court for Help
Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State running back, asked the Supreme Court to lift an appeals court ruling that bars him from the N.F.L. draft this weekend.
Testimony of a Bomb Conspiracy
The prosecution's star witness in Terry L. Nichols's state murder trial testified that Mr. Nichols had been deeply involved in the plot to blow up the Oklahoma City Federal Building.
No Yearlong Crews for Space Station
NASA has turned down Russia's request to extend the stay of the next International Space Station crew to a full year from six months but is open to the idea for later missions.
Byrd Questions Use of Money for Iraq
Senator Robert C. Byrd said that the administration may have broken the law by failing to inform Congress of its use of antiterror dollars to begin preparations for an invasion of Iraq.
A Texas Bid to Shift School Finances to 'Sin Taxes'
Gov. Rick Perry wants to cut property taxes, expand legal gambling and raise taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and topless bars.
Massachusetts' Highest Court Is Asked to Delay Gay Marriage
Seeking to keep same-sex marriages from taking place as scheduled on May 17, the head of a conservative Roman Catholic group filed a petition for a delay.
Judge Blocks Navy's Plan for Airfield Near Flyway
A federal judge in North Carolina has ordered the Navy to halt its efforts to create a new landing field for training pilots five miles from a large migratory bird refuge.
U.S. Generals Fault Ban on Hussein's Party
Two American generals warned that the occupation authority's policy of barring former Baath Party members from government jobs was self-defeating.
Pentagon Drafts Iraq Troop Plan to Meet Violence
The Pentagon has drawn up plans to send fresh troops quickly in case it decides it must keep 135,000 or more troops deployed beyond July.
Cheney Addresses Anti-Abortion Group
Five days before a major march for abortion rights in the nation's capital, Vice President Dick Cheney rallied the administration's allies in the anti-abortion movement Tuesday night.
Federal Oceans Commission Finds Decline Along Coasts
The first major federal assessment of the oceans in a generation endorsed on Tuesday the gloomy scientific view of the nation's deteriorating coastal waters.
Labor Dept. Revises Plans to Cut Overtime Eligibility
Facing a deluge of criticism in an election year, the Bush administration scaled back its plans to deny overtime coverage to hundreds of thousands of American workers.
Bush Draws Terrorism Law Into Campaign
At a speech in Buffalo, President Bush invoked the USA Patriot Act, the signature statute of the administration, for the third time in just four days.
Kerry Campaign to Release Military Records
Aides to Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign said on Tuesday that they would release the records, a day after the campaign had refused to make the documents public.
Supreme Court Hears the Case of Guantánamo
The Supreme Court seemed unreceptive to the argument that federal courts must remain closed to foreign detainees held in Cuba.

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BBC News Headlines:
Bush praises new Iraqi cabinet
The US president praises Iraq's new leaders, saying they are well equipped to guide the nation to elections.
US oil prices break new records
Oil prices rise as attacks in Saudi Arabia over the weekend increase fears of a disruption to supplies.
Brazil jail revolt leaves 34 dead
A 62-hour revolt by prisoners in a Rio jail ends, but police say they found the bodies of at least 34 inmates.
Rail staff pained by Spain shrine
Workers at Madrid's main railway station say they are upset by a shrine to victims of the 11 March train bombings.
Child recruitment 'was war crime'
A Sierra Leone court rules that recruiting child soldiers during the civil war can be legally prosecuted.
UN peace troops arrive in Haiti
Some 8,000 peacekeepers arrive in Haiti, where flood relief is the first priority, to take over from US-led troops.
Mandela 'to lead quieter life'
Nelson Mandela, hero of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle, says he will withdraw from public life.
Saudis bid to calm security fears
Saudi Arabia tightens security after the latest savage attack by Islamic militants against foreign oil workers.
Iran dissident sentence revoked
Iran's Supreme Court again lifts a death sentence against dissident academic Hashem Aghajari.
Violence at Karachi Shia funerals
Pakistani police fire tear gas at thousands of angry mourners following an attack on a Shia mosque which killed at least 20 people.
Tennis: Henman in semis
Tim Henman beats Juan Ignacio Chela to reach the last four of the French Open.
Tennis: Capriati beats Serena
Jennifer Capriati makes the last four of the French Open after beating Serena Williams.
Congo rebels push towards Bukavu
Dissident soldiers battling the Congolese national army are now close to the eastern town of Bukavu.
Over 30 die in Somalia clashes
More than 30 people are killed in clashes over control of a town on the border with Kenya.
Padilla 'planned apartment bombs'
Al-Qaeda suspect Jose Padilla was planning to blow up apartments in America, the US Justice Department says.
Midwest US hit by severe storms
Tornadoes and severe weather in the US Midwest destroy hundreds of homes and kill at least eight.
Australian jailed for embassy plot
A British-born Muslim is sentenced to nine years in jail for plotting to blow up Israel's embassy in Australia.
Thai Buddhist shrine ransacked
A Buddhist shrine is attacked as talks between Bangkok and a Muslim separatist leader are indefinitely called off.
France boosts security for D-Day
France raises security to the second-highest level ahead of the D-Day landing commemorations.
Europe's energy use still rising
Europe is not protecting its environment properly and its energy use is growing, the European Environment Agency says.
Sharon tries to save Gaza pullout
Israel's prime minister launches diplomatic moves to save his Gaza pullout plan and rebuild cabinet support.
Terror leader 'al-Qaeda trained'
The leader of a group that killed 22 people in Khobar was al-Qaeda trained, Saudi officials say.
India-Pakistan talks set for June
Senior diplomats from India and Pakistan will discuss Kashmir and nuclear issues, Delhi announces.
UN warning on Afghanistan opium
The head of the UN's drugs control agency warns that attempts to stop Afghanistan's growing drugs trade are failing.
Ethnic cleansing blights Sudan
Africa correspondent Hilary Andersson talks to eyewitnesses of the massacres taking place in western Sudan's Darfur region.

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Political Wire:
Clinton Returns To 60 Minutes
Bill Clinton will discuss his upcoming book, My Life, with news anchor Dan Rather on 60 Minutes to be aired Sunday, June 20, the AP reports. "Clinton himself has a long history with 60 Minutes. It was the setting for one of his most famous interviews, when in 1992 then-presidential...
The Era of Landslides Is Over
Though I recently compared this year's presidential election to the 1980 campaign, I stand by my earlier prediction that no one should expect a landslide for either George Bush or John Kerry. The key difference between then and now is intense partisianship. A forthcoming paper by John Kenneth White and...
The Kerry "Intern" Speaks Out
Alexandra Polier, the "intern" who was falsely accused by Matt Drudge of having an affair with Sen. John Kerry, "sifts through the mud and the people who threw it" in the latest New York magazine....
Email May Implicate Cheney
Time "obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official -- whose name was blacked out by the Pentagon -- that raises questions about" Vice President Dick Cheney's self-described "arm's-length policy" toward Haliburton, his old employer. When Tim Russert asked Cheney last year if he was...
Ashcroft Could Be Out
Time says Attorney General John Ashcroft has so fallen out of favor at the White House that sources are saying Larry Thompson may be take the job if President Bush is re-elected. "Well-placed Republican sources say the President has gone out of his way to take the spotlight off the...
Two Battlegrounds
The Washington Post notes there are two battlegrounds this election year: The states where President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are fighting close races for electoral votes and the states that have close Senate races. "The two fights are taking place largely in separate worlds. Of the 20 battleground presidential...
Schwarzenegger As The Non-Reagan
"True, the parallels were unmistakable: a Republican actor and political neophyte storms to the California governor's mansion, promising that as an outsider he alone can clean up the fiscal mess in Sacramento. And in the six months since Arnold Schwarzenegger took office, the comparisons with Ronald Reagan have been staples...
Another Way McCain Could Run For Veep
Craig Crawford has a twist on the John McCain for vice president speculation: Despite his insistence that he will not run on the Democratic ticket, "there is still some hope for those determined to see McCain move into the turreted white mansion on Embassy Row next January: A strong case...
Internet Campaign Ads Are Working
Biz Report says political ads on the Internet are working: "Internet consultants outside the presidential campaigns said candidates have slowly but steadily become sold on the ads. More have realized that while millions of people are online every day, relatively few visit the campaign sites or sign up for their...
The "Wait For Bush To Fall" Strategy
According to Sen. John Kerry's political advisors, the election "doesn't turn on Kerry's legislative victories (in 20 years in the Senate, they are few) or on his grand new ideas (his foreign policy, judging from his advisers, would be a Clinton Restoration)," Newsweek reports. "Rather, his handlers think, the race...
Diedrich Hopes For Narrow Loss
Larry Diedrich (R) "is effectively conceding defeat" in Tuesday's South Dakota special House election "before the polling booths even open," The Hill reports. "The former state senator dramatically ratcheted down expectations during an interview with The Hill at his campaign headquarters, saying he would be happy to lose to Democrat...
Bush's Negative Attack Is Unprecedented
In a must read Washington Post piece, political strategists say the Bush campaign's "ferocious assault" on Sen. John Kerry this spring "has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly...
In Illinois, Obama Takes Command
"Though the U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois has months to go, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll finds Democratic nominee Barack Obama holding a lopsided lead over Republican Jack Ryan, who also must overcome a serious perception problem with voters." "Ryan's task has been made more difficult in recent weeks as he...
Kerry Way Ahead In Illinois
A new Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows Sen. John Kerry "with a commanding 16 percentage-point lead" over President Bush -- 54% to 38%. "And even if independent Ralph Nader were to qualify for the Illinois ballot, Kerry maintains a 16 percentage-point lead over Bush -- 53% to 37%. Nader receives only...
Kerry Holds Narrow Lead In Minnesota
Sen. John Kerry "holds a slim 3-percentage point lead" in Minnesota over President Bush, according to a new St. Paul Pioneer Press poll. The poll shows 44% of Minnesota voters would vote for Kerry, while 41% favor Bush. Ralph Nader gets just 2%, and 13% are still undecided....

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