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2005-10-24 15:54:12

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - More than two years before Iowa's caucuses kick off the 2008 White House race, the state is already crowded with potential presidential hopefuls looking for a head start on the campaign. On most weekends, one or more prospective 2008 contenders stop by to shake hands, help the local party raise money, appear with local candidates or do anything else they can to ingratiate themselves with activists and build buzz...

2005-09-30 16:41:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Friday quickly signed into law a measure to keep funds flowing to federal agencies through November 18, averting any chance of a government-wide shutdown this weekend. The Senate sent the president the bill earlier in the day and the House of Representatives passed identical legislation on Thursday. Without the stopgap spending bill, most government agencies would not have money to continue operating after midnight, the end of the...

2005-09-30 12:28:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday passed legislation to keep funds flowing to federal agencies through November 18, averting any chance of a government-wide shutdown this weekend. The House of Representatives passed identical legislation on Thursday and President George W. Bush is expected to sign the measure into law. Without the stop-gap spending bill, most government agencies would not have money to continue operating after midnight, the end of the 2005 fiscal...

2005-09-29 16:04:29

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday sought to add nearly $4 billion to the U.S. fight against the deadly avian flu, with most of the money to be used to stock up on an anti-viral drug. But a Senate vote on the measure might be delayed until next week and an influential Republican, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, said he would try to kill the effort. Avian flu among flocks in Asia has been growing for several years and outbreaks have been...

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2005-09-29 16:00:00

WASHINGTON -- A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday sought to add nearly $4 billion to the U.S. fight against the deadly avian flu, with most of the money to be used to stock up on an anti-viral drug. But a Senate vote on the measure might be delayed until next week and an influential Republican, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, said he would try to kill the effort. Avian flu among flocks in Asia has been growing for several years and outbreaks have been spotted in parts of Russia. So far, 65...

2005-09-22 11:05:26

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed a $100 billion Agriculture Department annual funding bill on Thursday that would prevent states from privatizing the food stamp program by sending some administrative jobs to overseas call centers. Approved 97-2, the bill also would ban "downer" livestock from being used as food -- a precaution against mad cow disease -- and prevent imports of Kobe beef from Japan until Tokyo ended a 19-month-old ban on U.S. beef....

2005-09-08 18:55:56

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Sept 8 - The federal agency that insures private pensions would be able to cut deals with individual companies granting more time to pay pension liabilities under a bill approved by a Senate panel on Thursday. The negotiation provision, part of a pension overhaul bill, is aimed at keeping companies from terminating their pension plans in bankruptcy court as has happened with UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, said an aide to Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Edward...

2005-07-29 07:25:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare break with President Bush, the most powerful Republican in the Senate, Majority Leader Bill Frist, threw his support behind legislation to expand embryonic stem cell research Friday. Frist -- a heart-lung transplant surgeon, a close Bush ally and a possible 2008 presidential candidate -- said he would formally announce his decision and "outline my convictions as a physician, as a healer as well as a policymaker" in a Senate speech. "This research is...

2005-07-12 13:51:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters and opponents of human-embryo research wielded politics and science on Tuesday in last-minute battles to push some kind of stem cell legislation through the Senate. Scientists described different kinds of stem-cell technology in Senate testimony, and senators threw as many as six different bills into the mix, each backing a different approach for making human stem cells. "They are just muddying the water and confusing it," said Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.