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President touches many topics in "State of the Union"

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - President Bush says the U-S will continue to pursue policies that encourage economic progress, fight disease and spread "hope in hopeless lands." In his annual address to a joint session of Congress, the president says the U-S has helped lead other nations in fighting AIDS and malaria, and expanding the education of girls. Bush says regions overwhelmed by poverty and corruption are feeding grounds for terrorism, organized crime, and drug and human trafficking. And he's calling on Congress to fund programs that "show the compassion" of the U-S. %AP Links Sound: upcoming

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - President Bush says the U-S will pursue policies that support democratic reform throughout the Middle East. In his State of the Union speech, the president says Iran is being "held hostage by a small clerical elite" and he calls on Tehran to stop sponsoring terrorists. He also warns that the U-S will not permit Iran to gain nuclear weapons. Bush is demanding that the Hamas victors in the Palestinian elections "recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism and work for lasting peace." As success stories, the president points to Egypt and free elections that he says will "reduce the appeal of radicalism." He also says Saudi Arabia has taken steps toward reform that offer Saudis "a better future." %AP Links Sound: upcoming

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - President Bush is asking Congress to revisit Social Security overhauls and examine the impact of aging baby boomers on senior programs including Medicare and Medicaid. He's asking lawmakers for a bipartisan effort to "get this problem solved." In his State of the Union speech, the president says the U-S is meeting its health care responsibilities for the poor and elderly, but needs to confront the rising cost of health care for all Americans. The president recommends "wider use" of electronic health care records to reduce costs and medical errors. He also wants stronger health saving accounts to give individuals and small businesses access to more affordable health insurance.

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - President Bush says the U-S needs a commitment to "human talent and creativity" to stay competitive. In a pitch for education advances in his State of the Union speech, the president says a new initiative for American competitiveness will encourage innovation and promote gains in math and science. Bush says he wants to double government investment in physical science research, make permanent the research and development tax credit and encourage children to take more math and science courses.

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - President Bush says the U-S will continue to pursue policies that encourage economic progress, fight disease and spread "hope in hopeless lands." In his annual address to a joint session of Congress, the president says the U-S has helped lead other nations in fighting AIDS and malaria, and expanding the education of girls. Bush says regions overwhelmed by poverty and corruption are feeding grounds for terrorism, organized crime, and drug and human trafficking. And he's calling on Congress to fund programs that "show the compassion" of the U-S. %AP Links Sound: upcoming

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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