Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge met privately with Republican pollsters twice in a 10-day span last spring as he embarked on more than a dozen trips to presidential battleground states.
It is a common misperception that most terrorism is directed against Jews and Christians. The fact is no group has suffered more than Muslims from radical Islamist violence. Especially at risk are those bold enough to speak out for such values as freedom, human rights and democracy.
President Bush has again set the stage for a showdown with Democrats over his judicial picks, re-nominating 12 candidates to the federal bench who previously failed to obtain Senate confirmation.
The nation’s top defense, diplomatic and intelligence officials blanketed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge Congress to adopt President Bush’s budget requests, saying fundamentalist Islamic terrorism represents the greatest threat to the United States and that Americans should take seriously the possibility that al Qaeda or another group will attempt another attack on U.S. soil.
After a debate that contrasted Janet Jackson’s bared breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show with the refusal of TV stations to air the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to fine broadcasters up to $500,000 for each on-air event considered obscene, indecent or profane.
President Bush’s campaign to create personal Social Security accounts received a key endorsement Wednesday from Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, who nevertheless warned that the credit markets could revolt if the accounts were introduced too robustly.