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January 13, 2002: President George W. Bush would sit down to watch the NFL football Miami vs. Baltimore game. Only 90 minutes into it, Bush would soon eat a pretzel and it would begin to choke him as he struggled and tried to spit it out but it failed as he tried to get to the door and passed out, hitting his head on a nearby table in his attempt at the door for help. His wife Laura would find him after their dog Barney had been barking and soon President Bush would be rushed to the nearest hospital. After a long struggle fate would rear its ugly face and the fight was over as President George Walker Bush died that day. After confirmation of these tragic events, Vice President Richard "Dick" Cheney would be quickly sworn in as the 44th President of the United States and would address the tragic events of January 13th to the nation.
January 16, 2002: The funeral for now former President George W. Bush would be held and also would be broadcast over the televisions as it became the most watched event of 2002. New President Cheney would give a speech over his friend and boss and say that America will overcome this tragedy of what became known as "January 13th Incident". President Dick Cheney would also have another address to the nation over the funeral and events and would say that Washington will continue to govern and things will hopefully return to normal.
January 22, 2002: After saying he would wait for a short while until choosing his Vice President, President Dick Cheney would decide upon State Secretary Colin Powell to show some "unity" and would appoint Tom Ridge to fill the now vacant State Secretary position. With Powell's uneasy decision he would become the first African American Vice President and would be said to be a good choice by Congress as they easily confirmed Cheney's choice.
March 9, 2002: The Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 would increased carryback of net operating losses to five years, extended the exception under Subpart F for active financing income and created 30 percent expensing for certain capital asset purchases. President Cheney would say that Washington is coming out from the January 13th Incident and hopefully the American people are as well.
March 18, 2002: The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act or the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act as it was also called would be passed after it would be brought up earlier on account of President Cheney's address saying that "Congress needs to work overtime after the tragedy and get the ball rolling again". The act would regulate the financing of political campaigns and would decrease the use of "soft money" in campaigns and contributions to them. President Cheney would say that "this should do the job" when signing it into law.
October 16, 2002: The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution or the Iraq Resolution for short would authorize a war with the nation of Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein. The Iraq Resolution outlined the many reasons why for the passage of the resolution. By a vote of 296 ayes to 133 nays the resolution passed through the House and soon the Senate followed by a 77 ayes against 23 nays. Soon President Cheney would say that war with Iraq was just because of the genocide against the Kurds and the possibility of weapons of mass destruction (WMD's).
November 5, 2002: The 2002 Midterm Congressional Election would be held and it would be poised against the Democratic Party. With the elections held only about fourteen months after the 9/11 attacks and it was still fresh in many Americans mind and the Republicans would gain a larger lead in the House with a 229-204 and they would regain the Senate by a 51-48-1 ratio.
November 24, 2002: The Homeland Security Act would be influenced by the 9/11 attacks to create the Department of Homeland Security in the largest federal government reorganization in 55 years, since the Department of Defense was created. The HSA is a sweeping anti-terrorism law giving federal law enforcement agencies broad powers to look over citizens and thwart potential attacks on the homeland. Among other things, it created the new cabinet-level position of Secretary of Homeland Security.
December 1 2002: Dick Cheney shocks everyone by announcing he is NOT seeking a second term.
January 3 2003: The 108th United States Congress would officially convene and be sworn in. President Cheney would make a short statement to the 108th Congress, saying shortly "Make yourselves comfortable".
January 20 2003: Vice President Colin Powell would announce that he wasn't running for the Republican nomination in 2004. Before this and the Cheney announcement, Republicans had trumpeted Cheney as the national security candidate and for Powell as the "Hero" but after this there plans and hopes for their party to retain the White House come November, seemed to falter.
January 24 2003: The position of Secretary of Homeland Security would begin operation. President Cheney would appoint the former Director of Central Intelligence Robert Gates, Gates would wearily accept and would say that "I am honored to aid in the defense of the American homeland..".
February 28, 2003: After a strong push made by President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, the invasion of Iraq and the "Coalition of the Willing" would go in much earlier than the planned invasion in late March. The invasion would be majorly backed by the United States and its major ally Britain would be the major contenders to the Iraqi forces and Saddam Hussein. The quick strike would lead to the topple of the Iraqi Government and its military in about a month as Saddam Hussein would go into hiding because of this.
March 16, 2003: The US and Coalition forces now after fighting for about a month would arrive into the Iraqi capitol of Baghdad and would lead to an easy battle and defeat of the remaining Republican Guard around the city and the Coalition forces would move into the inner parts of the city. After taking the city, Coalition forces would announce that the regime of Saddam Hussein was over and in a type of symbolism for this the Saddam Hussein statue in Firdos Square would be toppled as many of the people of the city were joyous about this.
April 21, 2003: President Cheney would address the nation talking about the War in Iraq and going over what has happened in the short time there. President Cheney would also say that this will hopefully be the "End of major combat in the Iraq War" and that the nation will cool down over the coming months.
May 1, 2003: CNN would report that the death toll for the Iraq War was that nearly 160 American soldiers were already dead, the Iraqi civilian death toll was sketchy at best and was said to be between 6,000 to 7,000 since from the invasion in February to May 1st.
May 27, 2003: The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act would accelerate certain tax changes passed in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, increased the exemption amount for the individual Alternative Minimum Tax, and lowered taxes of income from dividends and capital gains. There was and is considerable controversy over who benefited from the tax cuts and whether or not they have been effective in spurring sufficient growth.
June 17, 2003: After much of the Iraqi Government leaders were either killed or captured that would only leave Saddam Hussein who was still in hiding and his two sons Uday and Qusay. The Task Force 20 aided by troops of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, had a showdown with Uday, Qusay and Qusay's 14-year-old son Mustapha during a raid on a home in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. A battle would ensue after Uday would show himself, the assault element of the Coalition withdrew to request backup. As many as 200 American troops, later aided by OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and an A-10 "Warthog", surrounded and fired upon the house. After approximately four hours of battle, soldiers entered the house and found four bodies, including the Hussein brothers' bodyguard.
June 20-29, 2003: A strange call to the White House about how President Cheney would be assassinated today. The secret service rushed President Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney to an undisclosed location for safe keeping. The threat was hollow and no attempt on the Presidents life happened but the stress had built in Dick Cheney, on June 24, 2003 he had a heart attack and was rushed to the nearest hospital. President Cheney would endure a slow recovery but doctors and the media would say that the President is all right and is stable.
June 30, 2003: After weighing his options about running for the Democratic nomination in 2004, Wesley Clark would announce that he would run and that all the "Draft Clark" campaigns had come true. He would say that he chose because of the bloody insurgency in Iraq and the undermanned forces in Afghanistan and also about the Cheney Administrations handling of the War on Terror. Soon he would become a rising star for the nomination right after the frontrunner Howard Dean.
July 4, 2003: After the Republican party bosses approached him after the days that President Cheney and Vice President Powell had taken themselves out of the running, Jeb Bush would declare his candidacy for the Republican nomination saying that he was a "workaholic" and would also bring a "Kind Conservative" Administration to the Presidency if elected. Jeb Bush would soon become the Republican favorite and the frontrunner for the nomination.
September 16, 2003: After his unofficial appearance on the Daily Show with John Stewart, John Edwards would declare his candidacy for the Democratic nomination saying that he would say in his "stump speech" and it talked about two Americas, with one composed of the wealthy and privileged, and the other of the hard-working common man, causing the media to characterize Edwards as a southern populist.
November 5, 2003: The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act would prohibit a form of late-term abortion that the Act calls partial-birth abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the term "partial-birth abortion" in the act pertains to a procedure that is medically called intact dilation and extraction. Under this law, "Any physician who, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and thereby kills a human fetus shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.
November 25, 2003: After months the former leader of the Iraqi government Saddam Hussein would be found hiding on on a farm near Tikrit in Operation Red Dawn. The operation was conducted by the United States Army's 4th Infantry Division and members of Task Force 121. Intelligence on Saddam’s whereabouts came from information obtained from his family members and former bodyguards. After this is famous line "We got him" came because of Saddam's capture and soon the US and the Coalition would hope to try the former dictator for his crimes as a strong insurgency was still about and many blamed it on President Cheney's willingness to push for war in Iraq and send more troops in.
December 25 2003: Pakistani President Perez Musharraf would be assassinated after escaping an assassination attempt only shortly before this. Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali would succeed Musharraf as President, calling for calm for the nation as Jamali would be hidden away to escape for the time being from an assassination attempt upon his own life.
January 19 2004: The Iowa Caucus would be held as the Democrats had a surprise of sorts as Dean, the frontrunner, had been falling in polls as Kerry, Edwards and Clark had gained large amounts of support and ground in Iowa and with this pundits declared that Edwards would win by a small margin as Clark and Kerry came in at about a tie for second. This was thrown out the window as Wesley Clark picked up the state with Edwards at second and Kerry at third. This surprise would breathe much needed life into the Clark '04 campaign. Republicans, on the other hand, had the dark horse candidate Alan Allard win the state in an upset over the more favored Jeb Bush. Newt Gingrich and Tom Ridge would battle it out for third place as the other candidates, like Chafee, would spend their time in New Hampshire.
January 27 2004: New Hampshire came as it would be a bloody battle between Dean and Kerry as both camps hoped to rebound after their loss in Iowa. The Primary finally went for John Kerry by four points over Governor Howard Dean, this put doubts on the Dean campaign if it could rebound after this. Tom Ridge would win the state for the Republicans as Bush was able to pull in at second place - barely over other candidates - and would cast some doubts on the Bush camp.