May 24, 2002


U.S. and Russia Sign Nuclear Weapons Reduction Treaty (REUTERS, May 24, 2002)
Russian leader Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush signed a landmark treaty on Friday to slash their long-range nuclear warheads by two-thirds with both men hailing the event as historic.

The pact, the first nuclear disarmament agreement between the former superpower rivals since January 1993, is expected to set the seal on Russia's shift to a more pro-Western foreign policy.

Senate Approves Bill Giving Wider Trade Authority to Bush (JOSEPH KAHN, May 24, 2002, NY Times)
The Senate tonight passed a broad trade bill that would give President Bush the authority to reach trade agreements that are largely immune from Congressional tinkering but would greatly increase aid to workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.

The 66-to-30 vote brought the White House close to a top legislative priority that administration officials say will make it easier to expand trade, allowing Mr. Bush to reach trade accords that Congress could accept or reject, but not amend.

The Senate's lopsided approval followed razor-thin passage of trade authority in the House late last year, the first time in eight years that both houses of Congress have agreed to grant the White House the enhanced negotiating powers.

And so Mr. Bush achieves two landmarks that eluded Bill Clinton for eight years... Posted by Orrin Judd at May 24, 2002 6:31 AM
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