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WASHINGTON (AP) - Contend-
ing Americans have embraced his
conservative agenda, President Bush
pledged yesterday to aggressively pur-
sue major changes in Social Security,
the tax code and medical malpractice
awards, working with Democrats if
they are receptive and leaving them
behind if they're not.
"I earned capital in the campaign,
political capital, and now I intend to
spend it," Bush said a day after a deci-
sive victory that made him the first
president in 68 years to win re-election
and gain seats in both the House and
"I'll reach out to everyone who
shares our goals," said Bush, who 24
hours earlier had promised to try to
win over those who voted for his Dem-
Buoyant and relaxed yesterday,
Bush cracked jokes at his first post-
election news conference and said he
had not decided on any changes in his
Cabinet for the second term. He took
congratulatory calls from world lead-
ers from Russia, Poland, Iraq, Afghan-
istan, Israel and Italy before flying to
Camp David for four days of rest after
the grueling campaign.
As U.S. forces inIraqmobilize for an
all-out offensive in Fallujah and other
Sunni militant strongholds, the presi-
dent refused to say how much the war
would cost or whether he planned to
increase or cut troop strengths. "I have
yet to hear from our commanders on
the ground that they need more troops,"
the president said. He is expected to
ask Congress early next year for up to
$75 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan and
operations against terrorism.
The president was unapologetic
about the unpopularity of his deci-
sions in many world capitals, such as
his commitment to spread democracy
in the Middle East. "Listen, I've made
some very hard decisions: decisions to
protect ourselves, decisions to spread
peace and freedom." The war on terror
would remain a priority, he said.
Bush said that at home, he had set an
unmistakable direction for the country
and he emphasized anew he does not
foresee the need for any tax increase
Hospital: Arafat struggling for life
Yasser Arafat was reportedly fighting for his life yesterday at a French mili-
tary hospital after losing consciousness, as anxious Palestinian officials transferred
some of their 75-year-old leader's powers to Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.
Doctors at Percy Military Training Hospital outside Paris, where Arafat was
airlifted last Friday after more than two years of confinement in the West Bank,
quashed a swirl of reports that he had died. But the French doctors would not say
much else, and confusion ruled as Palestinians issued conflicting reports about
Arafat's condition and how close to death he was.
Outside the hospital, some 50 well-wishers held a vigil late into the evening.
Some held candles, others portraits of Arafat. A large Palestinian flag hung from
the hospital's outer wall. "It tears your heart up," said Mahmod Nimr, a 36-year-old
unemployed Palestinian. "I can't see someone taking his place."
In an emergency meeting in the West Bank town of Ramallah, the PLO executive
committee empowered Qureia to deal with urgent administrative and financial mat-
ters in Arafat's absence, said committee member Qais Abdel Karim. Qureia also will
meet with security chiefs in the Gaza Strip today to ensure that no internal conflict
erupts in the volatile area at a time of uncertainty, a Palestinian official said.
U.N.: Anarchy may reign soon in Darfur
The top U.N. envoy to Sudan warned the Security Council yesterday that the
vast region of Darfur could easily descend into anarchy with warlords in control
unless African Union troops deploy quickly and peace negotiations speed up.
The 20-month conflict in the western region is changing in character, with the
government not fully in control of its forces and a leadership crisis within the
rebel movements, Jan Pronk said.
The envoy accused both sides of violating an April cease-fire agreement and
seeking more territory in Darfur, which is about the size of France.
While there was slow progress on the political front in October, Pronk said,
violence and insecurity increased and in recent days "the situation deteriorated
and tension rose to a level unprecedented since early August."
"Fighting is breaking out in more and more places. Parties are provoking one
another. Militias are ganging up. Governmental authorities are not able to exert
a moderating influence, or they respond with untimely and even counterproduc-
tive measures," he said.
Karzai to crack down on warlords, drug trade
Hamid Karzai pledged yesterday to use his five-year term as Afghanistan's
first elected president to crack down on warlords and the country's booming
Accepting his victory in the historic Oct. 9 ballot, Karzai also appealed to his
rivals hours after they conceded defeat despite lingering fraud allegations.
"The Afghan people have placed their trust in us, for which we are very grate-
ful," Karzai said at his Presidential Palace, flanked by his two smiling running-
mates. "It will be hard to live up to, but we will do our best."
Karzai has said smashing Afghanistan's opium and heroin smugglers will be
his top priority and the key to reining in warlords resisting the feeble authority
of the central government.
Single molecule may cause nicotine addiction
A single molecule may be partly to blame for nicotine's addictive allure, a
finding that researchers say could lead to potential therapies to help millions of
smokers quit a life-threatening habit.
More than 4 million people around the globe --440,000 of them Americans -
die from smoking-related causes each year. And, the nicotine-laced smoke dam-
ages more than just their lungs. The California researchers not only pinpointed a
molecule responsible for nicotine addiction, they also created specialized mice to
make it easier to search for other molecules affected by nicotine addiction.
The research team started by fiddling with a single gene to create mice that
were hypersensitive to nicotine.
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The White House in Washington will be home to President Bush for another four years after he defeated
Democratic challenger John Kerry. Bush said yesterday he will push his agenda with or without Democrats.
despite big budget deficits.
Coming from a campaign that
offered clear policy choices, Bush said,
"When you win, there is a feeling that
the people have spoken and embraced
your point of view, and that's what I
intend to tell the Congress." He urged
lawmakers to show discipline on
spending bills and to enact an intelli-
gence reform bill when they return to
town later this month.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats were
stunned by some unexpected losses
in the Senate and the defeat of their
leader, Tom Daschle, an 18-year vet-
eran. Republicans also gained seats in
Democrats promised to challenge
"What the president is doing in fis-
cal policy is weakening the country,
making us more vulnerable. It's so
strange," said Sen. Kent Conrad of
North Dakota, top Democrat on the
Senate Budget Committee. "There's
no free lunch, and at the end of the day
our country will have a tremendous
price to pay for this profligacy."
Said Bush, "I readily concede I've
laid out some very difficult issues for
people to deal with. And I would hope
to be able to work with Democrats to
get this done."
In setting priorities, Bush said some
issues would be at the front of the line
simply because they have been at the
center of the political arena before.
Capping medical malpractice limits,
a prized goal of Republicans, will be
one of his first proposals because it
"had been debated and got thwarted a
couple of times," the president said.
U.S. prepares for
attack on Fallujab
BAGHDAD, Iraq(AP)-Insurgents a vehicle and that the British check-
attacked British troops at a checkpoint point also came under mortar fire.
in central Iraq yesterday, killing three The deaths bring the number of
and wounding eight in a suicide bomb British troops killed in Iraq to 73. It
and mortar barrage aimed at soldiers was the worst single combat loss for
sent to the high-risk area to free U.S. the British since three Royal Military
forces for an assault on the militant Police were killed in the southern city
stronghold Fallujah. of Basra in August 2003.
U.S. troops pounded Fallujah with A suicide car bomber also targeted
airstrikes and artillery fire, softening up a U.S. Marine convoy near Ramadi,
militants ahead of the expected assault. 70 miles west of Baghdad, but only
Loudspeakers at Fallujah mosques the attacker died in the explosion, U.S.
blared out Quranic verses and shouts of officials said.
"Allahu akbar," or "God is great," dur- British Prime Minister Tony Blair
ing the assault, residents said. agreed to a U.S. request to move Brit-
The three British soldiers were from ish troops to central Iraq despite con-
the Black Watch regiment, which was siderable opposition at home, even
moved last month from relatively quiet within his Labour Party.
southern Iraq to the dangerous area Scottish Nationalist Party spokes-
just south of Baghdad. man Angus Robertson warned that the
An Iraqi interpreter also was killed deaths would have "profound implica-
in the attack, British officials said. tions" for public opinion in Scotland,
Britain's armed forces minister, Adam where the Black Watch regiment is
Ingram, said in London that the attack recruited.
was carried out by a suicide bomber in U.S. and Iraqi officials want to clear
US Marines of the 1st Division pass by a wall painting of an Iraqi Army
soldier during training in a former Iraqi army barrack outside Fallujah, Iraq,
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700 arrested to prevent election attack
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 700 people
were arrested on immigration violations and thou-
sands more subjected to FBI interviews in an intense
government effort to avert a terrorist attack aimed at
disrupting the election.
As with past unrealized al-Qaida threats, law
enforcement officials said yesterday they don't know
for sure whether any of those arrests or interviews
foiled an attack.
"It's very hard to prove a negative," Michael Garcia,
chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said
in an interview yesterday. "We did cases and opera-
tions for people we thought posed national security
concerns. We didn't arrest anyone who had a bomb."
For example, ICE agents arrested a 23-year-old
Pakistani man in late October who had illegally
entered the United States through Mexico in 2000
and was working as a fuel tanker truck driver with
access to a major U.S. seaport. The man, who was not
further identified, is charged with making false state-
ments about how he entered the country and remains
under investigation for any links to terrorism.
He was one of the 237 people arrested in October
alone on immigration violations, for a total of more
than 700 since the enforcement effort began last year,
Garcia said. "It was a broad approach that led us to
have a very disruptive effect, we believe," he said.
Although the election season passed without an
attack, officials say al-Qaida remains a dangerous foe
intent on striking the United States again. The day
after the election, Attorney General John Ashcroft
told his senior staff to not let their guard down.
The Jan. 20 presidential inauguration heads the
list of upcoming high-profile events that officials say
In October alone, 237 people
were arrested on immigration
could draw terrorist interest. Others include the Feb,
6 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Decem-
ber holiday travel season, which last year saw sev-
eral threats against trans-Atlantic flights.
There still is concern the Osama bin Laden video-
tape aired last week could be a signal for an attack.
And despite asking for help from the public, the FBI
still has not identified a man calling himself "Azzam
the American," whose lengthy videotape aired last
month promised attacks that will make U.S. streets
"run red with blood."
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