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With fewer votes than Democrat Al Gore, George W. Bush was virtually installed as President by the US Supreme Court. Last Friday, when he announced his campaign for re-election, a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll showed the President's job approval rating at a record high 66 percent, despite a drop in confidence that America is winning the war on terror. Republicans are dreaming of continued dominance, while Democrats struggle for unity, message and money. What do Americans like about George Bush? What turns the off? We look at the prospects for next year-s campaign with a pollster from the Pew Center, journalists from the conservative and liberal press, an advisor to then-President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton, and a former communications director for then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
  • Making News: Sharon-Abbas Talks Delayed for 'Technical Reasons'
    A much awaited summit meeting has been postponed until Thursday, but both sides are astonished over Ariel Sharon's use of the word "occupation," a term used by Palestinians to describe the West Bank and Gaza settlements sponsored by the Israeli Prime Minister himself. Joel Greenberg, Middle East correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, says the word has caused an -ideological earthquake- in Israeli politics.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq War May Be Highest Since Vietnam
    In the 1991 Gulf War, 3500 Iraqi civilians are thought to have died. In the most recent war in Iraq, US and British officials insisted they did all they could to avoid civilian casualties. Still, it appears that -collateral damage- may have reached 5000 and 10,000, and there-s more to the story than numbers. Peter Ford reported on the war from Baghdad for the Christian Science Monitor.
On Tuesday, May 28, Sidney Blumenthal will sign and discuss The Clinton Wars at Dutton's Brentwood. On Wednesday, May 28, he will be at the Los Angeles Central Library as part of its Hot off the Press author series.

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