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George W. Bush's first presidential trip to Europe will take him to Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Poland and Slovenia, bypassing Germany, France and Great Britain, America's "big three" European allies. World leaders who held President Clinton in high personal regard are said to be skeptical about his conservative successor. We review America's historical relationship with several European states, their response to increasing US unilateralism, and prospects for Bush's visit, with international journalists and political observers from England, Germany, the US, and Russia.
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  • Reporter's Notebook: Post Office Keeps Money-Losing Rural Offices Open - Despite the US Postal Service being more than a billion dollars in debt, a moratorium prohibits closing offices that can't pull their own weight. Robert Taub, former staff director of the House Postal Service Sub-Committee, defends our "national duty" to keep these offices open and to provide affordable and uniform postal service.

Die Zeit (German)

Economy.com

The Financial Times

French Institute of International Relations (French)

House Committee on Government Reform

Institute of the USA and Canada

The Times

US Postal Service

World Policy Journal

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