- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 8, 2002

Bush threatens veto of homeland bill
President Bush yesterday threatened to veto a homeland security bill over a bitter and partisan labor rights dispute that threatens to sink the White Houses anti-terror effort.
"I will not accept a homeland security bill that ties the hands of this administration or future administrations in defending our nation against terrorist attacks," the president said in his weekly radio address.
Mr. Bush wants to conduct the biggest government reshuffle in a half-century by folding all or parts of two dozen existing agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security. It would include the Secret Service, Coast Guard and Border Patrol.In proposing to set up the 170,000-strong Cabinet agency, he has demanded broad power to hire, fire, transfer and reward workers so that the department operates efficiently to protect against terrorism.

Miller wins Democratic primary
DOVER, Del. — Businessman Mike Miller narrowly defeated lawyer Steve Biener in the Democratic congressional primary yesterday to earn a rematch with Republican Rep. Michael N. Castle in the fall.
With all precincts reporting, Mr. Miller had 8,976 votes, or 51.9 percent. Mr. Biener had 8,321 votes, or 48.1 percent.Mr. Castle, a former two-term governor and one of the more liberal Republicans in Congress, is expected to easily win his sixth term in November.
Mr. Miller was the Democratic Partys nominee in 2000, when Mr. Castle took 68 percent of the vote.Mr. Miller spent the final week of the campaign under scrutiny following an Associated Press report about his background. The AP found that Mr. Miller was fired from a job for lying about having a college degree and that a landlady successfully sued him for not paying office rent.
Mr. Miller acknowledged that Delaware State College fired him and that a court ordered him to pay back rent, but he said he was treated unfairly in both cases.
Mr. Biener, who called for campaign finance reform, did not take donations and instead relied on e-mail and personal appearances.

Bushs numbers drop in approval poll
President Bushs overall approval rating has slid steadily downward over the summer, largely because of a major withering of support in the way he is conducting foreign policy, a CBS News-New York Times poll found.
The poll, released yesterday, also found a majority of Americans think Mr. Bush lacks a clear plan to carry out his war on terrorism.
The poll showed a 14-point drop in approval of Mr. Bushs foreign policy. The new poll put his approval rating almost back at pre-September 11 levels.
Overall, the poll found that 63 percent approve of the way Mr. Bush is doing his job. While strong for a president almost two years on the job, that number is down three percentage points from the summers 66 percent rating and 24 points down from his 87 percent approval in fall 2001.
It found 54 percent support his foreign policy. Only two months ago 68 percent approved his foreign policy, however, and a year ago the level stood at almost three-fourths approval. Before September 11, just under half the respondents approved of his foreign-policy performance.
The telephone poll of 937 adults was conducted Sept. 2-5 and has an error margin of plus or minus three percentage points.

Chancellor orders end to gay alliance
BOSTON — The chancellor of Boston University ordered a support group for homosexual students at a college-run preparatory school to disband, saying he believes it encouraged premarital sex.
Chancellor John Silber gave the orders to BU Academy Headmaster James Tracy, who complied."Were not running a program in sex education," Mr. Silber told the Boston Globe. "If they want that kind of program, they can go to Newton High School. They can go to public school."
The outspoken Mr. Silber, who ran for governor in 1990, said the student-organized group didnt belong at BU Academy. He said he wants the elite school for students grades 8 to 12 to focus on education.
"The last thing in the world we want to do is to introduce these children to the importance of premature sex," he said. He said children get messages about sex "pounded" into them "from the time theyre 6 years of age."


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