Frank Fuhrig

Stern in court but likeable in person

United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William H Rehnquist died late on Saturday outside Washington after battling advanced thyroid cancer for more than 10 months. He served more than 33 years on the court, including nearly 19 years as the 16th chief justice in the court's 216-year history.

Bush targets the cherished monthly cheque

United States President George W Bush's two successful presidential campaigns have proved that social security is no longer the sacred cow of American politics. For generations, it was considered politically fatal to touch the government-run pension system. But two weeks into his second and final four-year term, Bush made social security reform the centrepiece of his domestic agenda.

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