WASHINGTON (AP) - The House
voted emphatically yesterday to create
a Homeland Security Department, pro-
pelling President Bush nearer his goal
of answering last year's terrorist attacks
with the biggest restructuring of gov-
ernment in half a century.
The 299-121 roll call - and a pair
of favorable procedural votes in the
Democratic-run Senate - signaled
that lawmakers were ready to award a
legislative triumph to a president
whose hand was strengthened by
Republican victories in last week's
Bush began supporting the idea of
a huge new department combining
22 agencies this summer after initial-
ly coming to office seeking to
diminish the role of government in
"Times have changed and it's imper-
ative to the security of our country and
the security of our families that our
government change as well," said Rep.
Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
Opposition came mostly from
Democrats arguing that the bill still
lacked adequate job protections for the
new agency's 170,000 workers. Voting
for the measure were 212 Republicans
and 87 Democrats, while six Republi-
cans, 114 Democrats and one inde-
pendent voted "no."
The bill is "just another example of
the Bush administration's union-bust-
ing policies," said Rep. Corrine Brown
Among the agencies the bill would
combine are the Coast Guard, the
Immigration and Naturalization Ser-
vice and the Customs Service.
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makes him hesitant to predict the com-
"It's too early to tell, (because) they
have a bunch of competitors - all
these companies worldwide - that are
trying to do the same thing, like Nortel
and Siemens," he said.
Despite this competition and cau-
tious expert forecasts, Schacht remains
optimistic about the future of Lucent
and the technology sector.
"They're predicting the industry will
probably not recover in '03 and should
show some signs of recovery in '04.
We certainly hope that's pessimistic,
but we'll wait and see," he said.
Afuah said he was also confident
about Lucent's potential to make a
future market recovery.
"The company certainly has a
chance. Somebody's going to win. The
demand is growing," he said. "You
have a cell phone, right? We use the
Internet. There will always be demand
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the struggle against Apartheid in South
Africa," Saffold said.
Saffold said he thought that Tuesday
night could be the beginning of doing-
the same thing with this issue.
"... The Israeli treatment of Pales-
tine is very Apartheid-like."
LSA sophomore Ali Husain said he
thought the enactment was a good way
to bring awareness to the Palestinian
"I feel the issue is important because
there are human rights of people being
taken away. Just because they're so far
away their lives aren't any less valu-
able," Husain said.
However, some students did not look
favorably upon the reenactment.
"I think the enactment was a non-
intellectual, non-educational way of
presenting what's going on in the Mid-
dle East," said Yulia Dernovsky, LSA
senior Co-Chair for American Move-
ment of Israel. "I feel as if it almost
was a mockery of what was going on
in the Middle East. I don't feel it was
an effective way to promote dialogue
LSA junior Susanna Shamban said
she is doubtful about the objectiveness
in which the enactments were carried
out. She said the enactments did not
have suicide bombers blowing them-
selves up, therefore were one-sided.
However, there was a damper on the
whole experience, Safi said. Around
9:30 a.m. yesterday Safi said a kid on a
bicycle stole three signs with facts
about Palestinian issues.
Safi said they tried to talk to the
Jewish leaders about the whereabouts
of the poster but there was no response.
They reported the incident to DPS.
Safi said the same student brought
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Israeli Cabinet calls for Arafat exile
A finger-wagging Yasser Arafat warned yesterday against any attempt to
send him into exile, while Israeli Cabinet ministers repeated calls to drive the
Palestinian leader out of the region after the latest attack killed five Israelis.
In the biggest sweep in months, Israeli troops stormed into Nablus in
dozens of tanks and armored vehicles, rounding up 30 suspected Palestin-
ian militants. The West Bank's largest city is a hotbed for militants, and
troops have been in and out for the past seven months.
The proposal to expel Arafat, backed by several members of Israel's
Security Cabinet, failed to win approval yesterday.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in a television interview yesterday that Israel's
security chiefs have advised him not to expel Arafat, as demanded by several hard-
line ministers in his Cabinet. But he also said the debate would continue.
Sharon also predicted that a Palestinian state would be created after the cur-
rent round of Mideast violence ends. Asked by Channel 2 TV if he favored
creating such a state formally, Sharon replied: "In the end, when terrorism
will end ... there will be a political settlement that will also bring this about."
Sharon's comments came after Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
urged for the second time in two days that Arafat be expelled.
Officials believe bin Laden tape is authentic
Counterterrorism officials pored over the audio recording believed to be
from Osama bin Laden yesterday, seeking clues about the terrorist chief's
whereabouts and his intentions to strike America and its allies.
Officials said they were treating the tape as a real message from al-
Qaida's missing leader, even as the CIA and National Security Agency con-
ducted a technical analysis of the tape aimed at further authenticating it.
President Bush said he was taking the message "very seriously."
"Whoever put the tape out has put the world on notice yet again that we're
at war," the president said after a Cabinet meeting at the White House.
The president bristled when asked if bin Laden should have been captured
sooner by U.S. and coalition forces. "We're making great progress in the war
on terror. Slowly, but surely, we are dismantling the terrorist network," he said.
Many intelligence analysts have concluded the audiotape almost certainly
was made by bin Laden, said a senior law enforcement official, speaking on
condition of anonymity. Other U.S. officials were more conservative, saying
it probably came from bin Laden.
rates can still becut
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan said yesterday the econo-
my has hit a "soft patch" as corpo-
rate accounting scandals and a
possible war with Iraq have shaken
consumer and business confidence.
Greenspan made clear in testimo-
ny to Congress that the Fed would
not hesitate to cut interest rates fur-
ther if necessary to bolster the wob-
bly economy. But he also indicated
that the central bank believes the
most likely economic outcome is a
return to stronger growth next year.
If the economy does rebound,
Greenspan said, the Fed is ready to
quickly reverse course and begin rais-
ing interest.rates to make sure that the
extraordinarily low interest rates of the
past year do not drive prices higher.
The central bank last week
reduced its target for overnight bank
loans by a half-point to 1.25 percent,
the lowest level since July 1961.
Bishops approve of
sex abuse policy
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops
overwhelmingly approved a compro-
mise sex abuse policy yesterday
after the Vatican demanded they
make changes to balance fairness to
priests with compassion for victims.
Weary of scandal, bishops hoped the
new plan would restore their credibili-
ty after 10 months of revelations that
church leaders have sheltered moles-
ters in the clergy. Victims and some
rank-and-file Catholics were dissatis-
fied, and pledged to fight on for
greater accountability from bishops.
The Vatican still must approve the
policy to make it church law, and
therefore binding on the bishops, but
the revisions were worked out with
officials from the Holy See. U.S.
prelates said they are certain the docu-
ment will receive Vatican approval.
Jiang likely to step
down as president
The list naming China's next ruling
elite was ready yesterday but sealed
to the rest of the world until the
Communist Party wraps up its con-
gress - a process expected to.culmi-
nate in the retiring of President Jiang
Zemin as the nation begins five,
increasingly capitalist years of new
Party leaders had approved candi-
dates to be elected today to its Cen-
tral Committee, setting in motion
what could become the communist
government's first orderly change of
The new committee will in turn
appoint the exclusive Politburo and
its Standing Committee -the party's
highest echelon of power - a day
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