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George Bush began his presidency by establishing warm relations with Mexico-s President Vicente Fox. But the friendship chilled when Mexico opposed the war in Iraq, and when the US executed a Mexican national, Fox cancelled a visit to Crawford, Texas. This weekend, the visit is on again. As Fox re-join the elite club of world leaders who-ve stayed overnight at the ranch, there is hope that historic conflicts might be resolved. Will there be any progress on border security, water and immigration? Is it mainly a photo-op to appeal to Latino voters? What about the growing corruption scandal in Mexico City? We speak with reporters, immigration reformists and specialists in US-Mexico relations, a former US ambassador to Mexico and an advisor to the Mexican government.
  • Making News: Labor Report Shows Weaker than Expected Job Growth
    At the outset of his re-election campaign, President Bush is still faced with a -jobless recovery.- Just 21,000 new jobs were created last month, and January-s previous count of 112,000 has been revised down to 97,000. Jon Hilsenrath, who covers economics for the Wall Street Journal, reports on the shrinking labor force and the surprising stagnation in the job market.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Presidential Campaign Finance
    This year-s presidential election will be the most expensive in history. President Bush raised $130 million last year-more than a half-million dollars a day, and John Kerry-s proposing to raise $100 million between now and his party-s convention in late July. Charles Lewis, founder and executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, headed a team of 53 researchers, writers and editors to compile The Buying of the President, 2004.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

President Bush touts stronger economy

Government of Mexico

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Organization of American States (OAS)

Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI--in Spanish)

President Bush's immigration reform proposal

The Buying of the President 2004

Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold Act)

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