A job seeker looks at listings. US economists have trimmed their forecasts for hiring and economic growth in view of steep energy prices and other factors.(AFP/Getty Images/File)

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(Why do the TV reporters say the economy is great but when you talk to people and look into the newspaper Want-Ads things look very bad and many job cuts, lower salaries, higher health costs?)


Executive Director of Cease Fire, Leah Barrett holds up a replica of an AR15 assault rifle during a September 13, 2004 news conference at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The news conference was held to ask President Bush (news -web sites) to renew the Assault Weapons Ban. Under the 10-year prohibition enacted in 1994, certain powerful military-style assault weapons were outlawed, as were high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Photo by Mannie Garcia/Reuters

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+++++++++++ Former Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes, a Democrat who was among the most powerful politicans in Texas in the 1960s and 1970s, said at a May campaign rally for Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry (news web sites) that he was 'ashamed' for helping Bush and sons of other wealthy Texans avoid service in Vietnam. Barnes plans to talk more extensively about his role Wednesday in an interview on '60 Minutes.' (AP Photo/Austin American Statesman)


+++++++++++ Bush (news -web sites) fell short of meeting his military obligations during the Vietnam War and was not disciplined despite irregular attendance at required training drills, The Boston Globe said on September 8, 2004. In a probe of the president's service in the Texas Air National Guard, the newspaper said Bush appeared to have broken his contract with the U.S. government by not joining an Air Force Reserve unit when he moved to Massachusetts from Texas in mid-1973. Bush is seen during his service with Texas Air National Guard in this undated file photo. (TX ANG/Reuters)

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An Iraqi boy throws a stone on a burning US Bradley during clashes in Haifa Street in the heart of the Iraqi capital. Heavy fighting between US troops and insurgents erupted in area which is considered a onetime bastion of support for Saddam Hussein (news -web sites), where insurgents and the US military regularly skirmish amid a landscape of high rise apartment buildings.(AFP/file/Marwan Naamani)

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+++++++++++++++++++ Laurel Mayo lights a candle next to a cross on the beach in Oceanside, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004 in memory of the over 1,000 U.S. soldiers who have died in the war in Iraq (news -web sites). San Diego Veterans for Peace placed 1,006 crosses and candles on the beach in memory of the all the U.S. service members killed. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

+++++++++++++++ Shadows of people pausing to look at the 'Honor the Fallen' memorial are seen at New York's Union Square Park, Friday, Sept. 10, 2004. The exhibition displays approximately 1,000 placards with photographs and short biographies of soldiers killed since the beginning of 'Operation Enduring Freedom' in Afghanistan (news -web sites) and 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek)

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++++++++++ U.S Army Capt. Kimberly Hampton, 27, of Easley, S.C., pictured in an undated photo provided by her family, was a helicopter pilot killed Jan. 2, 2004, when her Kiowa copter was shot down in Iraq (news -web sites). She served with the 82rd Airiborne Division and lived in Fayetteville, N.C., before being assigned to Iraq. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hampton Family)


++++++++ Marine Lance Cpl. Quinn Keith of Page, Ariz., is shown in this 2001 family photo. Keith, 21, was one of seven marines who died Sept. 6, 2004, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laded vehicle on the outskirts of Fallujah in Iraq (news -web sites). (AP Photo/Keith family)

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++++++++ Army Staff Sgt. Richard A. Burdick, 24, of National City, Calif., is shown in this undated photo provided by family. Burdick was killed in an explosion on Dec. 10, 2003. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Family via Los Angeles Times)

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++++++++ Edward Jenkins, 77, of Boston, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, walks through an array of more than 900 pairs of combat boots representing U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq (news -web sites) at a display on City Hall Plaza in Boston Thursday, July 22, 2004. Organizers timed the memorial for just before the Democratic National Convention in Boston. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

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+++++++++++ Mary Carvill, flanked by her daughter, Peggy Carvill-Liguori, left, and son Dan, bids a final good-bye to her son Staff Sgt. Frank Carvill during graveside services at Brig. Gen. Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Arneytown,

N.J. onJune 12, 2004. Frank T. Carvill, 51, a member of the New Jersey National Guard, was killed in Iraq (news -web sites) on June 4, 2004. (AP Photo/ Star-Ledger, M. Kathleen Kelly)

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++++++++++ Jason Dunham, embraces his mother, Debra, in this Dec. 2003, family photo. Dunham, a Marine corporal who died April 22, at Bethesda Naval Hospital, in Md., has been nominated for the Medal of Honor for shielding his comrades from a grenade explosion at Husaybah, Iraq (news -web sites). (AP Photo/The Wellsville Daily Reporter, courtesy Dunham Family)

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National Guard Sgt. Frank Carvill, 51, of Carlstadt, N.J., smiles in this undated photo. Carvill, 51, was killed June 4, 2004 in an ambush outside Baghdad, Iraq (news -web sites). (AP Photo/Star-Ledger)

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++++++++ Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Halal, 22, of Glendale, Ariz., in this undated photo, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2004, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq (news web sites), the Department of Defense (news -web sites) said. Halal was killed in a non-combat vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Courtesy Halal Family)

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+++++ U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, shown in this undated family photo, was buried, May 1, 2004, in Scio, N.Y. Dunham died April 22, at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., from injuries received shielding comrades from a grenade explosion at Husaybah, Iraq (news -web sites). He has been nominated for a Medal of Honor. (AP Photo/The Wellsville Daily Reporter, courtesy Dunham family)

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+++++++ The U.S. death toll in Iraq (news -web sites) has reached 1,000 nearly 18 months after American-led forces invaded the country to topple the government of former President Saddam Hussein (news -web sites), a defense official said on September 7, 2004. The official, who asked not to be identified, did not make clear whether the milestone figure included three civilian Defense Department workers who have died in Iraq. A military honor guards carries the casket of Army Special Forces Major Paul Syverson III during a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., July 13. (Mannie Garcia/Reuters)

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++++++++ Shea Micheal Dooley, 10 months, who was born after her father, Micheal Dooley, was killed in Iraq (news -web sites), touches his portrait at home in Murrysville, Pa., on Aug. 22, 2004.. Her mother, Christine, right, is one of about a dozen widows who were pregnant when their soldier husbands died. She moved from Colorado to Murrysville to be near her parents. (AP Photo/Lisa Kyle)



Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle, of Grand Forks, N.D.,poses in this undated photo at the Army's Camp New York in Kuwait. Hawk Eagle, 21, was killed Nov. 15, 2003, when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq (news -web sites). He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Eagle Butte News)

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Volunteers place flowers on more than 800 crosses Monday, May 31, 2004, along the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. The nonprofit group 'Veterans for Peace' set-up the crosses in observance of Memorial Day. Each cross represents a man or women killed in the Iraq (news -web sites) war. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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+++++++++ A spate of attacks pushed the number of U.S.military deaths in the Iraq (news -web sites) campaign past 1,000, with the majority inflicted by an insurgency that grew after President Bush (news -web sites) declared major combat over. (AP Graphic)

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++++++++++++++ The Pentagon (news -web sites) death toll in Iraq (news -web sites) reached at least 1,002 on September 8, 2004 nearly 18 months after the U.S.-led invasion, as the brazen abduction of two Italian women aid workers in central Baghdad sparked a new hostage crisis. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan (news -web sites), in a report to the U.N. Security Council, said violence in Iraq may threaten elections scheduled for January 2005. Postponing the vote would be a severe blow for the U.S.-backed interim government. (Reuters Graphic)

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Last kiss: Natalie Munoz says goodbye to her fiancé Lance Corporal Derrick Rogers of Brenham, Texas, at Camp Pendleton in California on Saturday. Rogers and approximately 170 other marines from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment are being deployed in the al-Anbar province in western Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Robyn Beck, AFP)

++++++++++++++++ Blood and burnt pieces of clothes lie strewn around after a massive explosion outside a police station at the end of Haifa Street in Baghdad, Iraq (news -web sites), Tuesday Sept. 14, 2004. At least 32 people were killed and dozens wounded as the blast ripped through scores of people gathered there with aspirations to join the police force. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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(If you read the non-American Corporate media sites some say these Iraqis are trying to join the police force because it’s the only job anywhere in the to be found. But the American media plays these stories as these applicants supporting the Bush war. I guess all one needs to do is to put yourself in their place and see if money to support your family is the motive. Because even the American Media is reporting that since Bush bombed everything the water and sewer systems still are not repaired and terrible diseases are spreading all over Iraq.)


An unidentified woman cries after identifying a pair of shoes lying at the site of a huge explosion outside a police station in Haifa Street in Baghdad as those of her son yesterday. At least 47 people were killed and 114 wounded as the blast ripped through scores of people gathered there hoping to apply to join the police force.




Lone boy : An Iraqi boy sits on the rubble of his destroyed home following a US air strike in city of Fallujah. (AFP/Fares Dlimi)

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+++++++++++++++++ Two Iraqi children, with their clothes covered in blood, wait for their parents, who were wounded in an attack by U.S. aircraft, according to doctors, in the hospital in the town of Falluja, September 17, 2004. U.S. warplanes bombed rebel targets near the restive Iraqi city of Falluja on Thursday, killing about 60 foreign fighters, the U.S. military said on Friday. Doctors said 16 civilians were killed in an air strike, including women and children. REUTERS/Mohammed Khodor

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+++++++++++++++++ A badly wounded Iraqi girl receives medical treatment at a hospital in Fallujah. At least 44 people were killed as US forces continued their relentless strikes against targets allegedly connected to Al-Qaeda-linked extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi near Fallujah.(AFP/Fares Dlimi)

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+++++++++++++++++ An Iraqi man rushes his wounded son into a hospital at Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city. Bloody clashes between US forces and Shiite militiamen left more than 40 dead in Baghdad's Islamist stronghold of Sadr City, officials said, while 11 US soldiers were killed in a spate of attacks.(AFP/Sabah Arar)

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+++++++ A Palestinian victim is carried into Al-Shifa Hospital, following a helicopter missile attack. Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei warned Israel to expect a "justified retaliation" from Hamas after 14 of the Islamist movement's fighters were killed in an air strike in Gaza.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)

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(Your $86 Billion tax dollars at work in Israel)

+++++++++++ Palestinian gravedigger Mahmoud Sharaf, 18, holds his spade August 7, 2004 in Gaza's Sheikh Radwan cemetery. The Sheikh Radwan cemetery, where a sea of white stone tombs stretches up a sandy hill, is nearly fully packed with the graves of men, women and children who died fighting Israel or were caught in the crossfire. Some Palestinian boys spend their summer vacations in the cemetery digging graves and tending tombs for less than $10 a day. Photo by Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

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++++++++++ The family of Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Allred, seen in this undated family photo, confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, that the 22-year-old soldier from Hyde Park was one of the seven Marines killed Monday in a car bomb attack near Fallujah, Iraq (news -web sites). Allred, of the 2-1 Fox company, third platoon out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., was scheduled to leave Iraq in January after his four-year term expired, said his older brother Brad Allred. U.S. military officials haven't yet released the identity of the seven victims. (AP Photo/Family photo courtesy Katherine Allred McConkie)

+++++++++++ A supporter of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi plants his flag in the barrel of the 25 mm cannon of a burning U.S. Bradley Fighting Vehicle at Haifa Street in Baghdad, Iraq (news -web sites), Sunday Sept. 12, 2004. Fighting broke out early in the morning between U.S. troops and insurgents and lasted for nearly 90 minutes as U.S. soldiers fired from positions behind walls and trees along Haifa Street. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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(I guess you all have forgotten Bush said “The American soldiers will be greeted with flowers and chocolates.”)

+++++++++++++ This image made from the video of a new television ad released by 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry (news -web sites)'s campaign Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, starts with saying 'George Bush (news -web sites) is up to his old tricks', and shows GOP maverick John McCain telling Bush in 2000 'you should be ashamed' for standing by as a 'fringe veterans group' questioned his patriotism. For months on the campaign trail, John Kerry has criticized President Bush (news -web sites) for running advertisements assailing the Democrat's record. Now, Kerry is the one on the attack. Since last week's Republican convention, the Democratic presidential nominee has rolled out nine television ads bashing Bush on everything from factory jobs and family incomes to health insurance and coal technology. (AP Photo/John Kerry for President 2004, HO)

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++++++++++ A business man walks through 1022 pairs of combat boots representing the U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq (news -web sites) in Federal Plaza Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in Chicago. The American Friends Service Committee has displayed the exhibit in over 30 cities around the country since its debut in Chicago last January. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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++++++++++ This image made from the video of a new television ad titled 'Wrong Choices', released by 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry (news -web sites)'s campaign Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, accuses President Bush (news -web sites) of squandering money in Iraq (news -web sites) instead of using it to strengthen the United States. (AP Photo/John Kerry for President 2004, HO)

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++++++++++ Former President Jimmy Carter berated renegade Democratic Senator Zell Miller, shown here, as a traitor for the starring role he played at last week's Republican National Convention, US media reported.(AFP/File/Jeff Haynes)

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(I’ve NEVER heard Carter ever use such strong direct words thus I believe he is 100% correct on this one!)

++++++++++ Japanese protesters display placards bearing photographs of U.S. President George Bush (news -web sites) and Japanese leader Junichiro Koizumi during a rally in Tokyo on Saturday Sepotember 11, 2004. Thousands of people took part in Saturday's demonstration to call for world peace on the third anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

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+++++++++ An employee cleans up a pool of blood at the al-Karkh hospital in Baghdad following a car bomb explosion outside the headquarters of Baghdad Police in the Haifa Street area of the Iraq (news -web sites) capital, considered a bastion of Saddam Hussein (news -web sites) loyalists. Forty-seven people died in the massive car bombing, leaving a trail of mayhem in the most lethal attack on Iraq's fledging security services in two months.(AFP/Sabah Arar)

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+++++++++ An Iraqi boy walks through the crater left after an overnight airstrike in the restive city of Falluja on September 2, 2004. A U.S. air strike on Falluja killed at least 14 people including a woman and three children, Iraqi doctors said. The U.S. military said in a separate statement it had 'conducted a precision attack' against two safe houses used by associates of al-Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in southwest Falluja, a city in the Sunni triangle west of Baghdad. (Mohammed Khodor/Reuters)

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(There has to be some seriously toxic/radioactive residue chemicals here. aWol and the GOP leadership should have been publicly warning children to stay out of these areas. This is just more evidence of the immorality of murderous Bush. This not only is immoral it is UnAmerican and UnChristian. Jesus bless

Local residents assess damage done to their home after an U.S. offensive in Sadr City, Iraq (news -web sites), Saturday Sept. 11, 2004. According to doctor Kassem Saddam al-Mohammedawi of Sadr City government hospital, 3 people died and 6 were injured.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

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An Iraqi boy weeps as people survey the destruction in a neighborhood following a US air strike overnight in the restive city of Fallujah. Twelve Iraqis were killed and at least nine wounded in the raid in Fallujah. Among the dead were five children and two women, a doctor said(AFP/Fares Dlimi)

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++++++++++++++ An Iraqi child stands among the wreckage of her destroyed house in the battered northern town of Tall Afar. Residents were still returning to Tall Afar as medical sources said that more than 56 people were killed and 152 wounded in five days of heavy battles between US forces and insurgents.(AFP/Mujahed Mohammed)

++++++++++++ A U.S. soldier gives cigarettes to prisoners who were just released from an Iraqi military base after they were brought there from Abu Ghraib for release, in Baghdad, Iraq (news -web sites), Wednesday Sept. 15, 2004. Hundreds of prisoners were released from Abu Ghraib on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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(A cigarette for your torture) A cradle lies on the rubble as Iraqis survey the damage from overnight raids in Fallujah. At least 40 people were killed when US-led forces spearheaded overnight assaults on Iraq (news -web sites)'s northern trouble spot of Tall Afar and the notorious insurgent bastion of Fallujah, officials said.(AFP/Fares Dlimi)

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++++++++++++ Local residents look at a destroyed ambulance belonging to the Iraqi Red Crescent, after U.S. warplanes and artillery bombed the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, Iraq (news -web sites), Monday Sept. 13, 2004. The ambulance, which was rushing from the area of the blasts was hit by a shell, killing the driver, a paramedic and five patients inside the vehicle, said Fallujah General Hospital official, Hamid Salaman. The U.S. military said the bombings were part of a precision strike on a site where several members of an al-Qaida-linked group led by Jordanian-born terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were meeting, At least 20 people were killed, including women and children, and 29 others wounded, in the bombing, according to another hospital official. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)



A woman weeps at a hospital in Baghdad after one of her relatives was killed during clashes between US soldiers and insurgents in Haifa Street.(AFP/Sabah Arar)

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+++++++++++ Hassan Khodor is pushed in a wheelchair by his aunt at a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq (news -web sites), Sunday Sept. 12, 2004. Khodor was injured when, according to witnesses, a U.S. helicopter fired at a burning Bradley fighting vehicle surrounded by cheering crowds in Haifa street. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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++++++++++++++ An unidentified colleague of Mazen Tomeizi cries as people pray for him at Al Arabiya office in Baghdad, Iraq (news -web sites), Monday, Sept. 13, 2004. Tomeizi, a Palestinian producer of Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV channel, was killed on Sunday as a U.S. helicopter fired at a group of Iraqis cheering around a burning U.S. Bradley armored vehicle in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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++++++++++++ Iraqi children from the battered northern town of Tall Afar gather near a tent, erected by the Iraqi Red Crescent. US forces sealed off Tall Afar following heavy clashes with insurgents.(AFP/Mujahed Mohammed)

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++++++++ Tears for her brother : The sister of Rami Abdelkarim Abu el-Lehiya, 20, cries during his funeral in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip (news -web sites). (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

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++++++++ A child sleeps among the rubble of her destroyed home in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip (news -web sites). The Israeli army withdrew from the Jabaliya refugee camp, ending a deadly three-day incursion into the northern Gaza Strip, while maintaining a tight closure on all the occupied territories ahead of the Jewish new year.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)

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(The world according to aWol Bush, the alcoholic hard drug user.)


A Palestinian boy cries over the rubble of his family house after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the village of Al Mugrakha near the Netzarim Jewish settlement in Gaza Strip (news -web sites), according to Palestinian sources, September 15,2004. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

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++++++++++++++++ Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger holds an M-16 assault rifle with a 30 round capacity clip during a press conference asking that U.S. President George W. Bush (news -web sites) renew the Assault Weapons Ban September 13, 2004 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The 1994 ban, signed by former President Bill Clinton (news -web sites), outlawed 19 types of military-style assault weapons. Under the 10-year prohibition enacted in 1994, certain powerful military-style assault weapons were outlawed, as were high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The law expired at 1201EDT (0401GMT) September 13, 2004. REUTERS/Mannie Garcia




Patty Casazza, a 9/11 family member, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club endorsing Sen. John Kerry (news -web sites) (D-MA) for president as 9/11 family members Kristen Breitweiser (L) and Lorie VanAuken (C) look on in Washington September 14, 2004. REUTERS/Shaun Heasley US ELECTION

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+++++++++++ An Iraqi man hugs his brother (R), a former prisoner, shortly after being released in the Amiriya district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, September 15, 2004. Several hundreds detainees were released from Abu Ghraib prison on Wednesday, the latest group to be freed from the U.S.-run detention facility west of Baghdad. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

(This man was held and tortured for a year and then let go? What were his charges? When was his trial?)

++++++++++++ Sen. Richard Lugar (news, bio, voting record) of Indiana, is shown in this September 1993 file photo. Senate Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday denounced the Bush administration's slow progress in rebuilding Iraq (news -web sites), saying the risks of failure are great if it doesn't act with greater urgency Committee Chairman Richard Lugar and other committee members have long argued, even before the war, that administration plans for rebuilding Iraq were inadequate and based on overly optimistic assumptions that Americans would be greeted as liberators..(AP Photo)

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