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USA today 18 nov 2007 - Editoweb

US envoy: Pakistan must end emergency - US says Iraq attacks down 55 percent - Giuliani, Foe of ‘Socialized’ Medicine, Expanded Public Care - Democrats Outline Plans to Improve Environment.



US envoy: Pakistan must end emergency
Despite a blunt call from Washington's No. 2 diplomat that emergency rule must be lifted and political opponents freed ahead of elections, there was no immediate sign that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf would heed the advice.
Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte delivered the message during a two-hour meeting Saturday with Musharraf and Pakistan's deputy army commander, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani. The envoy's visit was seen as a last best chance to ease the latest political turmoil in Pakistan.

US says Iraq attacks down 55 percent
Violence is down 55 percent in Iraq since a U.S.-Iraqi security operation began this summer, U.S. officials said Sunday, even as at least 15 Iraqis were reported killed in bombings and shootings.
The dead included three children who were killed as they gathered around American troops who were handing out toys and sports equipment.
The officials cautioned it was too early to credit Tehran with the recent lull in overall violence...


Giuliani, Foe of ‘Socialized’ Medicine, Expanded Public Care
In campaigning for president, Rudolph W. Giuliani has criticized Democrats for promoting “socialized” medicine, boasted about his record as mayor of New York City for dramatically reducing public assistance, and vigorously opposed expanding government health insurance for children.
He began his tenure in City Hall vowing to curb the role of government in health care. He removed large numbers of people from welfare. He tried, but failed, to sell off New York City’s public hospital system. And he discouraged New Yorkers from enrolling in Medicaid, the government health program for the poor, telling city health officials that the program was a “bad idea.”

Democrats Outline Plans to Improve Environment
Three Democratic presidential hopefuls described their plans to combat global warming and promote energy independence at a forum here Saturday, with each emphasizing the need for government mandates to reduce greenhouse gases and voicing commitment to treaties on the environment.
The event, organized by environmental groups, brought together Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina and Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio. Each candidate took the stage at a different time, however, and there was little disagreement among them as they laid out their proposals to a friendly audience.
The candidates had previously released their proposals on global warming and energy, the focus of the forum. But the opportunity to reiterate them and take questions from a panel of...

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