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President's Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget Request Calls for $686.1 Billion

The presidents fiscal year 2019 defense budget request calls for $686.1 billion in spending and will reverse years of military erosion, defense officials said here today.

Virginia's sudden turnabout gives Democrats a chance - With no overwhelming contributions to boast, but experience abounding, Republican Virginian incumbent George Allen fell to moderate Democrat Jim Webb in
SOP newswireBreaking News Rumsfeld to step Down - Republican Leadership Says Rumsfeld to step Down
George Curry (Former Featured Editor)Ward Connerly: A Weapon of Mass Distortion - After Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action ballot initiative passed in California, the number of African-Americans enrolled in public universities dropped to about half of its previous levels.
SOP newswireSaddam Hussein Verdict - Bush Statement - THE PRESIDENT: Today, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal for the massacres committed by his regime in the town of
SOP newswireU.S. Military Takes Major Steps To Facilitate Voting by Troops - Washington -- Just as it does with equipment and weaponry, the U.S. military is employing the latest technology to assist more than 1.4 million active-duty members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard cast their ballots in the 2006 midterm elections.
SOP newswireArms embargo must be enforced, U. N. Ambassador Bolton says - United Nations -- The United States continues to be concerned that Syria and Iran are trying to destabilize Lebanon's government, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton says.
SOP newswireRumsfeld: Changes in Iraqi force levels reflect dynamic situation - BAGHDAD — A planned increase in the Iraqi Security Force is a result of ongoing assessments of the situation in Iraq and will allow the Coalition Force to shift to more of a supporting role in that country, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday in Washington.
SOP newswireWhite House Calls for Support for Sovereign Lebanon - Support for a sovereign, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon is a key element of U.S. policy in the Middle East. We are therefore increasingly concerned by mounting evidence that the Syrian and Iranian governments, Hizballah, and
SOP newswireNew Tools Encourage Americans To Exercise Right to Vote - Washington -- Although not as dramatic as the presidential elections, which occur every four years, the U.S. midterm elections – so-called because they occur about halfway through the presidential term – are enormously important.
S Renee GreeneThe Shining Baton: An Emissary of Light - It is year's end, and the Republican Party has shown themselves for what they truly are, and what they always were -- color-coded political strategists who actually care more about what they look like in public than they do for the concerns of black people.
SOP newswireU.S., Iraqi leaders: Both countries committed to democratic Iraq - BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President George W. Bush are committed to the security and prosperity of a democratic Iraq and the global fight against terrorism, according to a joint statement the two leaders issued Saturda
SOP newswireU.S. contractors improve Police facilities - ERBIL — Law enforcement is one of most urgently needed careers in Iraq, a country rife with insurgent, sectarian and criminal violence. The rush to recruit, train and equip the new Iraqi police forces has gone hand in hand with renovating facilities for offices, headquarters
SOP newswirePresident's Sunday Radio Address - THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Election Day is around the corner, and one of the biggest issues at stake in this campaign is your taxes. Here is my philosophy: I believe that our economy grows and the American Dream reaches more citizens when you keep more of what you earn. With more money in your pocket, it is easier for families to afford
Justin BrandtCenter Stage/Civil Mutiny - The political atmosphere of the last half century, was one of increasing division and hatred, and that continues to bleed into this new century as the first decade starts to round it's second half.
SOP newswireBush, Maliki Reaffirm Commitment to Democratic Iraq - Washington -- President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to “the security and prosperity of a democratic Iraq and the global fight against terrorism which affects all our citizens.”
SOP newswirePress Briefing by Tony Snow - MR. SNOW: Welcome. A couple of items of business, and then we'll go to questions. A little bit ago the President placed a phone call to Tom Tidwell, who is the Deputy Regional Forester at the U.S. Forest Service
SOP newswirePresident Bush and NATO Secretary General Deliver Remarks in Oval Office - THE PRESIDENT: I'm proud to welcome the Secretary General of NATO here to the Oval Office. We've just had a fascinating discussion
SOP newswireBush Praises NATO as Values-Based Alliance Ahead of Riga Summit - Afghanistan is a top priority for NATO. The alliance is in the fourth and final stage of taking control of security throughout the country, focusing on reconstruction and providing security while the country builds a self-sustaining democratic government
SOP newswireSecretary of State Condoleezza Rice Interview With Bill Bennett's Morning in America - QUESTION: You know, I know we have troubles in the world, but I will say what I said when you were first appointed, what a great representative of the United States. When you go to some of these immiserated parts of the world where they don’t have, you know, intelligent views about women, it must really tick them off. It makes me very happy.
SOP newswireBush: U.S. Security Depends on Victory - WASHINGTON " Winning the war on terror in Iraq is critical to American defense, President Bush said Oct. 25 in a WhiteHouse news conference.
SOP newswirePress Conference by the President - THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. I'm going to spend a little more time on my opening comments than I usually do, but I'll save plenty of time for questions.
SOP newswireStraight To The Point ... Press Conference By The President - I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation in Iraq. I'm not satisfied either. And that is why we're taking new steps to help secure Baghdad and constantly adjusting our tactics across the country to meet the changing threat. But we cannot
Sean StubblefieldLook Before You Leap - Americans-- when you vote on November 7th, please be sure to make an informed decision. Your decision.
Alex AlexPace Defines Winning is Important - Defining "winning" is important to the war on terror, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a news conference today.
SOP newswireU.S., Korea Aiming for Free Trade Agreement by Early 2007 - Washington -- The United States and South Korea are trying to conclude difficult free-trade agreement (FTA) negotiations by late 2006 or early 2007, the lead U.S. negotiator says.
SOP newswireOfficials Continue to Note Progress Amid Violence in Iraq - WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2006 – The idea that progress and violence co-exist in Iraq is fast becoming a mantra for officials both in Baghdad and here.
SOP newswireU.S. Companies Boosting Economies in Latin America, Caribbean - U.S. Companies Boosting Economies in Latin America, Caribbean
SOP newswireBush: Iraq Violence Won’t Cause U.S. Troop Withdrawal - WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2006 – The United States won’t withdraw its troops from Iraq in the face of recent increased insurgent-led violence in some parts of that country, President Bush said here yesterday.
SOP newswireBush: North Korea To Be Held To Account For WMD Transfers - WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2006 " The United States will hold North Korea responsible if it attempts to transfer nuclear bombs or other weapons of mass destruction to America"s enemies, President Bush said recently on a national television news show.
SOP newswireSecretary continues discussions on North Korea in Moscow - Washington – The work by the five parties trying to solve the North Korean nuclear issue is the main topic of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s discussions in Moscow, according to her remarks en route to the Russian capital October 21.
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