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House says yes to curb on Kosovo

The House on Wednesday joined the Senate in seeking to limit the involvement of U.S. ground troops in the Kosovo peacekeeping mission. The administration warns that such restrictions are a threat both to peace in Kosovo and NATO's future.

In a bipartisan 264-153 vote, the House said the president must certify by April 1 that European allies have met their financial commitments to the program to rebuild Kosovo. Without that certification, the president would have 30 days to submit a plan for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Of west-central Florida representatives, only Jim Davis, D-Tampa, voted against the measure.

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KENNEDY TAPE SHOWS SHOVE: A videotape of a confrontation between Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and a Los Angeles airport security guard shows the congressman shoving her backward into the archway of a metal detector. A tape was released Wednesday by airport police after the city attorney's office decided Tuesday not to bring charges.

PHONE TAX REPEAL BACKED: A federal tax on telephone service originally imposed to pay for the Spanish-American War would be repealed over three years under legislation approved unanimously Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD: A New Jersey man has admitted to a scheme in which he used personal information gleaned from the Internet to create hundreds of fake credit card accounts in the names of the nation's highest-ranking military officers. Lamar Christian, 32, of Trenton, N.J., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The information from the Congressional Record was posted on the Web by a privacy advocate.

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