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Bush delays Iraq plans until 2007 / Joseph Curl
The White House said yesterday that President Bush will not lay out his plan to chart a new course in Iraq until early next year, as new polls showed Americans are more pessimistic than ever about the nation's ability to win the nearly four-year war. (Nation/Politics)
Annan accuses U.S. of losing its principles / Betsy Pisik
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called yesterday for the United States to respect international norms, pointedly contrasting Bush administration policies in Iraq with the values that made America great. (World)
Democrats shopped Foley story to papers / Christina Bellantoni
Democratic campaign operatives pushed newspapers to write about then-Rep. Mark Foley's e-mails to teenage pages in the hope that a scandal would emerge before the midterm elections, according to a House ethics report. (Nation/Politics)
Israel assays Sunni 'allies' / Abraham Rabinovich
Israeli officials yesterday quietly welcomed a decision by several Persian Gulf states to consider a nuclear energy program as evidence the region's Sunni Arab governments are becoming more open in their opposition to a common enemy -- Iran. (World)
Watchdog asked to probe pacts of U.N. office / Betsy Pisik
A U.N. office charged with promoting accountability has for years been steering millions of dollars in contributions from the Italian government toward projects that enrich Italian nationals but offer little of real value, according to former and current (World)

Muslim pilgrims urged to complain / Audrey Hudson
American Muslims making a religious pilgrimage to Mecca are being encouraged to file civil rights complaints if they feel discriminated against by airlines. (Nation/Politics)

Kucinich to run on antiwar platform / Christina Bellantoni
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich raised the stakes for Democratic White House hopefuls yesterday, jumping into the 2008 race with a challenge to his own party -- end the war in Iraq. (Nation/Politics)

Bush sticks to mission: U.S. victory / Joseph Curl
President Bush yesterday acknowledged that U.S. commanders are changing tactics in Iraq nearly every day but declared that the mission "is clear and unchanging." (Nation/Politics)
Bush pins label of 'defeat' party on Democrats / Stephen Dinan
President Bush yesterday said Democrats became the party of "doubt and defeat" during the fight against communism in the Cold War, and said it shows today in their calls for withdrawal from Iraq. (Nation/Politics)
Allen touts conservative record, ideas / Christina Bellantoni and Seth McLaughlin
Virginia Sen. George Allen yesterday said that he will be re-elected by sticking to conservative issues, even as national liberals are funneling cash to his Democratic opponent and linking the senator to an unpopular president. (Metropolitan)
Reid used campaign funds to pay bonuses to staff / John Solomon
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has been using campaign donations instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton, where he lives in an upscale condominium. (Nation/Politics)
Senate hopes to hinge on corruption charges in N.J. / Amy Fagan
The same Democratic leaders who have long hoped to regain control of Congress by blasting a Republican "culture of corruption" are in danger of losing their shot at the Senate because of accusations of corruption against Sen. Robert Menendez. (Nation/Politics)
Smugglers seen getting 'sophisticated, organized' / Jerry Seper
Law-enforcement authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border are outgunned and outmanned by drug smugglers armed with automatic weapons, grenade launchers, bazookas, improvised explosive devices and state-of-the-art communications and tracking systems, a cong (Nation/Politics)

Rove foresees GOP victory / Joseph Curl
White House political strategist Karl Rove yesterday confidently predicted that the Republican Party would hold the House and the Senate in next month's elections, dismissing fallout from the sex scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley. (Nation/Politics)
'Dramatic change of direction' coming for Iraq / Sharon Behn
The escalating violence raking Baghdad and other Iraqi cities is pushing that nation's leaders, neighboring Arab countries and U.S. advisers to consider a dramatic change of direction in the conduct of the war. (World)
Democrats would reverse Bush's work / Donald Lambro
The Democrats' election-year agenda, which says what they will do if the voters put them back in charge of Congress, would seek to overturn or change just about everything President Bush and the Republicans have done since 2001. (Nation/Politics)
White House rejects Iraq partition plan / Joseph Curl
The White House yesterday rejected partitioning Iraq into three sections based on ethnicity and religion and took issue with reports that President Bush now views the 3-1/2-year-old Iraq war as similar to the war in Vietnam. (Nation/Politics)
Hamas charities thrive despite U.S.-led fund freeze / Joshua Mitnick
A U.S.-led funding squeeze, which has paralyzed the Hamas-led Palestinian government, has had the unintended effect of bolstering the militant group's network of schools, hospitals and alms societies. (World)

General's comment no help to Blair / Al Webb
A top general's retreat from a call for an early exit from Iraq has done little to ease the damage to Prime Minister Tony Blair, with public pressure building for the early withdrawal of British troops. (World)

Islamic clerics decree a halt to sectarian bloodshed /
Dozens of Iraqi Shi'ite and Sunni clerics meeting in the Muslim holy city of Mecca yesterday called for an end to sectarian violence that many fear could lead to civil war in Iraq. (World)

Air Force Memorial dedicated / Gary Emerling
The only branch of the U.S. military that had been lacking a memorial in the D.C. area now has one to call its own. (Metropolitan)
U.N. imposes trade embargo on N. Korea / Edith M. Lederer
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea for reportedly carrying out a nuclear test, declaring that the test posed "a clear threat to international peace and security." (World)
Air America files for bankruptcy, will stay on the air / Seth Sutel
Air America Radio, the liberal talk and news radio network that features comedian Al Franken, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday but will stay on air as it reorganizes with funding from its investor group. (Nation/Politics)
Rural areas' racism may cost Steele votes / S.A. Miller
Residents in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore say there are many whites among them who will not vote for a black candidate, such as Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, who is running for the U.S. Senate. (Metropolitan)
U.S. finding indicates nuclear test / Bill Gertz and Betsy Pisik
U.S. intelligence agencies have detected radioactive particles in air samples collected near North Korea's nuclear testing facility, leading analysts to conclude that the blast detected Monday was a nuclear explosion, Bush administration officials said la (World)
GOP focuses on taxes again / Ralph Z. Hallow
President Bush and Republican Senate and House candidates are talking more about taxes in speeches, debates and TV spots after polls showed it is the Republican Party's best issue in a tough midterm election season. (Nation/Politics)
Korean test seen as only partial blast / Bill Gertz
Four days after North Korea tried to set off its first nuclear bomb, U.S. intelligence agencies think the blast detected by seismic sensors was a plutonium-fueled device that did not fully explode. (Nation/Politics)
Japan slaps Pyongyang with trade sanctions / Andrew Salmon
Japan halted trade with North Korea yesterday, while the United States and other nations sought additional penalties against the communist state for reportedly conducting a nuclear test. (World)

Bush vows to build fence / Stephen Dinan and Joseph Curl
President Bush yesterday pledged to follow through on building 698 miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border but said that the Department of Homeland Security will decide where and that he wants sensors and cameras to watch the border. (Nation/Politics)
Democrats veer to the right in fight for House / Ralph Z. Hallow
In North Carolina, former Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler is running for a House seat, declaring himself a pro-life member of the pro-gun National Rifle Association, and accusing his opponent, Rep. Charles H. Taylor, of supporting amnesty for (Nation/Politics)
Winter heating likely to cost less / Patrice Hill
The government projected a decline in winter heating bills yesterday, adding to the already sizable benefit to consumers from falling energy prices. (Business)
Fence funding in budget just the start / Jerry Seper and Stephen Dinan
President Bush has signed off on a small down payment for a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but legislators and fence advocates worry the barrier will never be fully funded and fear a lack of White House commitment. (Nation/Politics)
Ban chosen to succeed Annan as U.N. chief / Betsy Pisik
The U.N. Security Council unanimously selected South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon to be the organization's eighth secretary-general yesterday, acting just hours after North Korea declared it had tested a nuclear weapon. (World)

Iran close to nuclear suspension / Bill Gertz
Iran is close to an agreement that would include a suspension of uranium enrichment but wants the deal to include a provision that the temporary halt be kept secret, according to Bush administration officials. (Nation/Politics)
GOP's uptick just in time for Election Day / Ralph Z. Hallow
There has been a palpable shift in the mood in Washington in recent weeks. No longer are insiders in both parties sharing predictions of a Democratic rout of Republicans. (Nation/Politics)
BET founder opens urban bank in District / Tom Ramstack
Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson opened his first bank in the Washington area yesterday, adopting the business plan of a community bank designed largely for minority customers. (Business)
Bush hits 'political' leak / Joseph Curl
An angry President Bush said yesterday that a secret terrorism assessment had been leaked for "political purposes" and disputed that the classified report had concluded the Iraq war is spreading Islamic extremism across the world. (Nation/Politics)
Allen urged to focus on successful record / Seth McLaughlin
Virginia Republicans say the floundering campaign of U.S. Sen. George Allen should concentrate more on his accomplishments than on attacking his opponent or responding to charges of ethnic insensitivity. (Metropolitan)
U.S. to wait 'a few weeks' on Iran move / Nicholas Kralev
The Bush administration yesterday postponed its pursuit of U.N. sanctions against Iran for "a few weeks" to allow its European allies time to try to negotiate a suspension of Iran's nuclear fuel production. (World)
Bush scolds 'party of cut and run' / Stephen Dinan
President Bush yesterday said Democrats have ditched the tradition of the great war-fighting presidents of the 20th century to become "the party of cut and run," and accused them of using leaked excerpts of a recent intelligence estimate to mislead voters (Nation/Politics)
Michigan woes fuel GOP election hopes / Charles Hurt
The fever among voters to throw incumbents out of office -- furiously stoked by Democrats in Washington -- might backfire in Michigan, where Republicans are riding a surge of voter discontent. (Nation/Politics)
Senate approves fence for border / Charles Hurt
The Senate last night gave final approval for construction of 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill passed on an 80-19 vote. (Nation/Politics)
Congress OKs funds for war, detainee trials / Charles Hurt and Amy Fagan
Congress approved a series of war-related measures yesterday, including $70 billion more for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a plan for trying detainees in the war on terrorism. (Nation/Politics)
Gulf nations fortify against terror attacks /
America's allies in the Persian Gulf are at least as worried about terrorism as the United States, spending billions of dollars on security fences in the desert, eye-scanning machines at airports and other measures to keep out militants. (World)

Democrats' edge erased in new poll / Donald Lambro
The Democrats' yearlong lead among likely voters has evaporated, strengthening Republican chances of holding majority control in the House, according to the Gallup Poll. (Nation/Politics)
Bush, Musharraf vow to get bin Laden / Joseph Curl
President Bush and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday they are united in the effort to capture or kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, even though the Pakistani general has signed a treaty with tribes along the Afghanistan border thought (Nation/Politics)
GOP compromises on terror detainees / Charles Hurt and Amy Fagan
Dissident Senate Republicans and the White House reached a deal yesterday on legislation for how to handle the terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, allowing them to turn their attention to differences they might have with Democrats. (Nation/Politics)
Bush ready to OK border barrier / Charles Hurt
President Bush will sign the bill to construct 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border if it is approved by the Senate, the White House said, as Congress continued yesterday drafting more legislation to combat illegal immigration. (Nation/Politics)
House bill to require voter ID / Charles Hurt
The House yesterday passed legislation that would require voters to show a valid photo identification in federal elections over the overwhelming objections of Democrats who compared the bill to segregation-era measures aimed at disenfranchising Southern b (Nation/Politics)
Abbas appeals to Bush, cites 'dire need' for help / Stephen Dinan and Betsy Pisik
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pleaded with President Bush yesterday that his government is "in dire need" of U.S. aid and support as the two leaders sought to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (Nation/Politics)
Rice seeks Sudan's consent / Nicholas Kralev
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed Sudan to accept a United Nations force in Darfur yesterday, saying that Khartoum's consent would be welcome but is not necessary. (World)
'Values voters' told to know the enemy / Amy Fagan
A prominent evangelical leader told more than 1,000 conservative "values" voters yesterday that they shouldn't shy away from the fact that the country is in a war with Muslims who want to kill Americans. (Nation/Politics)
Democrats set to air ads in bid to derail Steele / Jon Ward
Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's assertive campaign for U.S. Senate since the Sept. 12 primary has prompted national Democrats to start running attack ads sooner than they had planned. (Metropolitan)

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Cardin ready to face Steele / S.A. Miller and Jon Ward
Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin yesterday claimed the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Maryland, pitting himself against the Republican nominee -- Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele -- in a general election showdown that will hinge on racial issues and d (Metropolitan)

House passes border fence / Charles Hurt
The House yesterday easily approved building 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to get major border-security legislation on President Bush's desk before November's elections. (Nation/Politics)

Bush slams court threat to wiretaps / Stephen Dinan and Charles Hurt
President Bush yesterday said the courts are threatening his wiretapping program and called on Congress to pass a law to put the program on sounder footing, but one hour later Senate Democrats blocked an effort to do just that. (Nation/Politics)

Army bans 'inhumane treatment' of detainees / Rowan Scarborough
The Pentagon is banning eight interrogation techniques and mandating humane treatment in an overhaul of how the military handles detainees in the war on terror -- a response to complaints from human rights groups. (Nation/Politics)

Rumsfeld slams foes of war tack / Robert Burns
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday the world faces "a new type of fascism" and warned against repeating the pre-World War II mistake of appeasement. (Nation/Politics)

Bush seeks to bolster war on terror / Stephen Dinan
The White House and Republicans are setting the stage for a security-heavy September, with President Bush preparing a series of speeches to bolster the war on terror and with Congress ready to debate defense spending and terrorist detention. (Nation/Politics)

Are black Democrats liberal enough for the left? / Brian DeBose
The trend of incumbent Democratic lawmakers facing primary challenges from the left is not sparing black lawmakers, despite their generally being among the party's more liberal representatives and blacks being the party's most loyal constituency. (Nation/Politics)

Bush: 'We have resolve' / Stephen Dinan
President Bush yesterday called the war on terror a defining "struggle" against radical Islam that can be lost only if the American people lose their will to fight in Iraq. (Nation/Politics)

U.S. test missile hits a Korean bull's-eye / Bill Gertz
The U.S. missile defense system yesterday shot down an incoming dummy warhead simulating the last-stage trajectory of a North Korean Taepodong-2 missile, a milestone that U.S. officials expect to counter critics of earlier tests. (Nation/Politics)

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