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. Secretary of State
says U.S. presence could
remain another decade
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice declined yester-
day to rule out American forces still being
needed in Iraq a decade from now. Sena-
tors warned that the Bush administration
must play it straight with the public or risk
losing public support for the war.
Pushed by senators from both parties
to define the limits of U.S. involvement
in Iraq and the Middle East, Rice also
declined to rule out the use of military
force in Iran or Syria, although she said
the administration prefers diplomacy.
"I don't think the president ever takes
any of his options off the table concern-
ing anything to do with military force,"
Rice appeared before the Senate For-
eign Relations committee for only the
second time since members gave her
an unexpectedly tepid endorsement to
replace Colin Powell in January, and
she fielded pointed questions about U.S.
intentions and commitment on Iraq
from lawmakers who said they are hear-
ing complaints at home.
"Our country is sick at heart at the
spin and false expectations," Sen. Bar-
bara Boxer (D-Calif.) told Rice. "They
want the truth and they deserve it."
Rice said Iraq's police and Army
forces are becoming better able to han-
dle the country's security without U.S.
help, and she repeated President Bush's
warning that setting a timetable for
withdrawal plays into terrorists' hands.
"The terrorists want us to get dis-
couraged and quit," Rice said. "They
believe we do not have the will to see
Rice said the United States will follow
a model that was successful in Afghani-
stan. Starting next month, she said, joint
diplomatic-military groups - called
Provincial Reconstruction Teams -
will work alongside Iraqis as they train
police, set up courts and help local gov-
ernments establish essential services.
By State Department design, Rice tes-
tified before the committee just days after
Iraq apparently approved its first constitu-
tion since a U.S.-led coalition ousted Iraqi
dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Her
appearance also coincided with the start
of Saddam's trial in Baghdad for a 1982
massacre of 150 of his fellow Iraqis.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., agreed
with the Bush administration's stay-the-
course approach but said there are legit-
imate questions to ask about the future.
"We should recognize that most
Americans are focused on an exit strat-
egy in Iraq," said Lugar, the Foreign
Relations Committee chairman. "Even
if withdrawal timelines are deemed
unwise because they might provide a
strategic advantage to the insurgency,
the American people need to more fully
understand the basis upon which our
troops are likely to come home."
An AP-Ipsos poll this month found
61 percent of respondents disapprove of
Bush's handling of Iraq while 32 percent
said they approve. In August, 53 percent
said the United States made a mistake by
going to war, with 43 percent approving.
the right decision.
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Senate does not raise minimum wage
U.S. Senate proposals to raise the minimum wage were rejected yesterday, mak-
ing it unlikely that the lowest allowable wage, $5.15 an hour since 1997, will rise
in the foreseeable future.
A labor-backed measure by Sen. Edward Kennedy would have raised the mini-
mum to $6.25 over an 18-month period. A Republican counterproposal would have
combined the same $1.10 increase with various breaks and exemptions for small
The Kennedy amendment to a spending bill went down 51-47, and the GOP
alternative 57-42. Under a Senate agreement, they would have needed 60 votes for
Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Hurricane Katrina demonstrated the depth of poverty
in the country and he pointed out that a single parent with two children working a
minimum wage earns $10,700 a year, $4,500 below the poverty line.
He said it was "absolutely unconscionable" that in the same period that Congress
has denied a minimum wage increase, lawmakers have voted themselves seven pay
raises worth $28,000.
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Wilma is fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever
The fringes of Hurricane Wilma lashed Caribbean nations yesterday, forcing
schools to close and thousands to evacuate as it churned toward Mexico's Cancun
resort and Florida after killing at least 12 people and becoming the most intense
storm ever to form in the Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned that Wilma would be a "sig-
nificant threat" to Florida by the weekend in a season that has already seen dev-
astation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Officials ordered tourists out of the
"We had well over 1,000 lives lost in Katrina. If Wilma, you know, comes into
the U.S., to the Florida coast as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, that potential for large
loss of life is with us," said hurricane center director Max Mayfield.
The White House, stung by criticism that it had not responded quickly enough to
Katrina, promised to stay on top of the situation. "We are closely monitoring what
is an extremely dangerous storm," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
DeLay expected to surrender to police soon
A state court issued an arrest warrant yesterday for Rep. Tom DeLay,
requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money
The court set an initial $10,000 bail as a routine step before the Texas Republi-
can's first court appearance tomorrow.
DeLay (R-Texas) could be fingerprinted and photographed, although his lawyers
had hoped to avoid this step. DeLay probably will surrender in his home county of
Fort Bend, near Houston, but he could go to any law enforcement office in Texas.
His court appearance will be in Austin.
The warrant, known as a capias, is "a matter of routine and bond will be posted,"
said DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin.
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