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President Meets Muslim Leaders in Post-9/11 First. For the first time since Sept. 17, President Bush met yesterday with a group of Muslim and Arab-American leaders, some of whom had been pressing to meet him since early this year. By The New York Times. [New York Times: Politics]

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Bush Finds a Friend in Carpenters’ Union President. Douglas J. McCarron, president of the carpenters’ union, who pulled the organization out of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., has emerged as President Bush best friend. By Steven Greenhouse. [New York Times: Politics]

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Mozilla Rising … As A Platform [Slashdot]
This article is about the Mozilla rising article on salon:

“For years, people have warned that when Microsoft took over the browser market, browsers would atrophy from a lack of competition. Now they say they’ve been proved right — I.E. is not changing. Microsoft denies that’s the case. As proof, a representative pointed to three new features in I.E. 6.0 — the media toolbar, the “content advisor” and automatic image resizing. (In its review of I.E. 6.0, CNET’s Browser.com said of auto-resizing: “This isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. Honest.”)”


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Microsoft buys security software upstart. The company agrees to acquire security specialist XDegrees, in a move to further the software giant’s goals of improving Windows security. [CNET News.com]

Arafat Faction To Curb Attacks Palestinian Lead

Arafat faction to curb attacks. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s mainstream Fatah movement says it rejects and will prevent attacks on civilians in Israel. [BBC News | WORLD]

Tyranny Terror And Technologynbsp

Tyranny, Terror, and Technology.  Some thoughts about the intersection between the challenges confronting business, and those confronting government and society. [Ray Ozzie’s Weblog]

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A Tax Break for the Rich Who Can Keep a Secret. A few wealthy Americans are delaying taxes on their stock profits for years or decades or, in some cases, never paying at all. And it’s all perfectly legal. By David Cay Johnston. [New York Times: Politics]

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Democrats, Using Finesse, Try to Neutralize the Gun Lobby’s Muscle. Across the country and across party lines, candidates many of whom are running on a big day of primaries today are supplicants to their pro-gun-rights constituents. By Katharine Q. Seelye. [New York Times: Politics]