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SUNDAY, JUNE 25,2006 UUItt feHiAUMMlU HMIInKIBll THEM LY NEWS A9 detail requests Sailors' data found on Internet By JOHN SOLOMON ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - Wanted: Pace time with President George Bush or top adviser Karl Rove. Suggested donation: $100,000. The middleman: lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Blunt e-mails that connect money and access in Washington show that prominent Republican activist Grover Norquist facilitated some administration contacts for Abramoff's clients while the lobbyist simultaneously solicited those clients for large donations to Norquist's tax-exempt group. Those who were solicited or landed administration introductions included foreign figures and American Indian tribes, according to e-mails gathered by Senate investigators and federal prosecutors or obtained independently by The Associated Press. "Can the tribes contribute $100,000 for the effort to bring state legislatures and those tribal leaders who have passed Bush resolutions to Washington?" Norquist wrote Abramoff in one such e-mail in July 2002. "When I have funding, I will ask Karl Rove for a date with the president. Karl has already said 'yes' in principle and knows you Transportation Sec. resigns, citing'time to move on' WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, who helped rebuild confidence in U.S. airports and flying after the Sept. 11,2001, attacks, said Friday he's leaving the Bush administration. "It is time for me to move on to other challenges," Mineta said in a letter to President George Bush. White House press secretary Tony Snow announced the July 7 resignation. Asked why Mineta, 74, decided to leave, Snow said: Jack Abramoff leaves Federal Court Jan. 3 in Washington. organized this last time and hope to this year," Norquist wrote in the e-mail. A Senate committee that investigated Abramoff previously aired evidence showing Bush met briefly in 2001 at the White House with some of Abramoff's tribal clients after they donated money to Norquist's group. The 2002 e-mail about a second White House meeting and donations, however, was not disclosed. The AP obtained the text from people with access to Briefs "Because he wanted to." "He was not being pushed out," Snow said. "As a matter of fact, the president and the vice president and others were happy with him. He put in five and a half years — that's enough time." Bush said Mineta — the only Democrat in his Cabinet — played a vital leadership role in strengthening the security of seaports and airports. Regulation of Chinese trade requires own federal office WASHINGTON (AP) — A new the document. The tribes got to meet Bush at the White House in 2002 again and then donated to Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, or ATR. Though Norquist's own e-mail connects the $100,000 donation and the White House visit, ATR spokesman John Kartch said Norquist never offered to arrange meetings in exchange for money. Instead, Norquist simply wanted Abramoff's tribes to help pay for a conference where lawmakers and tribal leaders passed resolutions supporting the Bush agenda, ultimately securing a brief encounter with Bush, Kartch said. "No one from Americans for Tax Reform ever assisted Jack Abramoff in getting meetings or introductions with the White House or congressional leaders in exchange for contributions," Kartch said, suggesting some of the e-mails might be misleading. "If you look at some of Abramoff's e-mails to third parties, they might be misread to suggest that he was misrepresenting or confusing support for a project with a specific meeting," Kartch said. "This could have been deliberate or just unclear." federal office is being set up solely to concentrate on making sure that China lives up to its trade obligations. The plan, announced by new U.S. Trade Representative Susan Swab on Friday, reflects growing impatience in Congress with Beijing's slow pace in correcting practices regarded as illegal or unfair. Schwab also is establishing a new intellectual property office. China has been cited by the administration as a chief source of intellectual property piracy that costs U.S. businesses billions of dollars in losses every year. Today is Sunday, June 25, the 176th day of 2006. There are 189 days left in the year. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: injured hundreds at a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia. ! ' On June 25,1906, in what was then called "The Crime of the Century," architect and socialite Stanford White Five years ago: The United Nations opened jts first global gathering on HIV/AIDS with emotional pleas for help from African leaders. Pope John Paul II, on a visit to Ukraine, offered a prayer for Holocaust victims at the was shot to death atop New York's Madison Square S abl Yan „ ... Garden, which he had designed, by millionaire Harry K. One yew a ^ o: Hardline Tehran Thaw, the jealous husband of artist's model and chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit, who'd once had an affair with White. (Thaw, tried for murder, was acquitted by reason of insanity.) On this date: In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana. In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North.invaded the South. In 1951, the first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities. In 1%7, the Beatles performed their new song, "All You Need Is Love," during a live international telecast. In 1995, Warren Burger, the 15th chief justice of the United States, died in Washington at age 87. Ten years ago: A truck bomb killed 19 Americans and Mayor winner Mahmoud of Iran's Ahmadinejad was declared presidential runoff election. Today's Birthdays: Actress June Lockhart is 81. Singer Carly Simon is 61. Rock musician Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) is 60. Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker is 59. Actor- director Michael Lembcck is 58. Rock musician David Paich (Toto) is 52. Rock singer George Michael is 43. Musician Sean Kelly is 35. Rock musician Mario Calire is 32. Actress Linda Cardellini is 31. Thought for Today: "No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not some day be antiquated... To seize the flying thought before it escapes us is our only touch with reality." - Ellen Glasgow, American author (1874-1945). Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: Newspaper Activity On this day in 1951, the first color TV program was broadcast. Now, 55 years later, what is the latest in television technology? . RURAL TELEPHONE By law, cigarettes and tobacco products may be sold only to persons 18 years of age and older. Thank You for doing tho right thing by refusing to soil tobacco to minors, This information is provided by It's Everybody's Business, a coalition of state agencies and community organizations. For more information, call 800.206.7231. Visit online at: www.itseverybodysbuslness.org I WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has begun a criminal investigation after Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and family members were found on a civilian Web site. The Navy said Friday the information was in five documents and included people's names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Navy spokesman Lt. Justin Cole would not identify the Web site or its owner but said the information had been removed. He would not provide any details about how the information ended up on the site. Cole said there was no indication so far that the information was used illegally, but individuals involved were being contacted and encouraged to monitor their bank accounts and credit cards. Meanwhile, the General Accountability Office said it removed archival records from its Web site this week containing some personal identifying information of fewer than 1,000 government workers. The data included some individual names and Social Security numbers. The breach regarding the Navy comes amid a rash of government computer data thefts, including one at the Agriculture Department earlier this week in which a hacker might have ob- tained names, Social Security numbers and photos of 26.000 Washington-area employees and contractors. As many as 26.5 million veterans and current military troops might have been affected by the theft of a laptop computer containing their Social Security numbers and birth dates. The computer was taken from the home of a Veterans Affairs Department employee in early May. and officials waited nearly Hirer weeks before notifying veterans May 22 of the theft. As many as a half dozen fed eral agencies have been affected by computer data losses in recent months. Senate sanctions Palestinian Authority WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Friday to block U.S. aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government and ban contacts with Hamas until the organization renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist. The legislation, approved by voice vote, is similar to a bill the House passed last month but would give the president greater authority over the use of sanctions and is-not as restrictive in cutting off assistance to non-governmental groups working in the West Bank and Gaza. The differences between the bills would have to be reconciled by House and Senate conferees before the legislation could be sent to the president. The State Department had voiced concerns about the House bill, saying it was unneeded and constrains the president's flexi- bility in using sanctions. The administration classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization and has already cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority, under Hamas •control since January elections. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, sponsor of the Senate bill with Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said it was aimed at the Hamas-controlled government and not meant to punish the Palestinian people. "This legislation urges the current Palestinian government to take another step toward joining the community of peaceful nations and a step away from the ranks of terrorism." The bill bans aid to the Palestinian Authority until it acknowledges Israel's right to exist, renounces violence and accepts past peace agreements with Israel. Exceptions are made to pro- vide financial support for Pales- ,tinian President Mahmoucl Abbas, who has committed to a negotiated two-state solution with Israel. Like the House bill, it would deny visas to Hamas-affiliated Palestinian Authority officials, put travel restrictions on Palestinian Authority officials at the United Nations and bar the Authority from opening an office in the United States. It would limit aid to nongovernmental organizations, but go further than the House bill in making exceptions for basic needs such as food, water, health, medicine, sanitation and education. 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