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Congress tackles border security

By JIM ABRAMS

While the Senate considers a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border, the House is going underground, working on legislation to crack down on those who would smuggle illegal immigrants and drugs through cross-border tunnels.

More troops headed to Iraq for Bush’s ‘Vietnam’

With each passing day, the ill-fated war in Iraq looks more and more like the quagmire of Vietnam. Now, a dimming outlook for significant U.S. troop cuts in Iraq means the Pentagon may soon face a difficult and politically sensitive decision: either make more frequent call-ups of some National Guard and Reserve troops or expand still further the size of the active-duty Army, defense officials say.

Terror bills inch forward as House, Senate seek deals

By LAURIE KELLMAN

Faltering under Republican infighting, President Bush’s embattled anti-terrorism agenda has some new momentum from a House member who has rewritten her warrantless wiretapping bill more to his liking and from maverick GOP senators open to talks on how to handle detainees.

Bush meets with Palestinian leader Abbas

By NEDRA PICKLER

President Bush, who says peace in the Middle East is one of the prime objectives of his presidency, is sitting down with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for some of the hard work it will take to turn those words into action.