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Bush, Senate GOP win big on homeland security bill

President Bush won a hard-fought victory Tuesday on homeland security legislation when the Senate rejected a Democratic effort to strip controversial amendments to the bill and then passed it on a 90-9 vote.

Transportation agency hires 44,000 screeners; union aims for them

The Transportation Security Administration met a congressional deadline to federalize passenger screeners at the nation’s 429 major airports, hiring more than 44,000 employees in the last year, Bush administration officials said Monday.