The election was very close and the electoral votes of Florida would decide who

The election was very close and the electoral votes

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The election was very close and the electoral votes of  Florida  would decide who won. For five weeks, it was uncertain who won Florida's ballots, some of which were defective or unreadable. The Supreme Court  eventually ruled (on party lines) that  Bush had won the presidency . Although Bush won more electoral  votes,  Bush lost the popular vote . (More people voted for Gore than for Bush.) VIII. Bush Begins Although he entered office promising to be a uniter between the Democrats and Republicans, President Bush was a  very divisive president . He strongly opposed welfare programs opposed environmentalist policies. He rejected the  Kyoto Treaty , which was an international treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  He enacted large tax cuts that, along with upcoming wars, turned a federal budget surplus into a massive  budget deficit. IX. Terrorism Comes to America On  September 11, 2001 terrorists  hijacked four aircraft and crashed them into the World Trade Center  Towers, the Pentagon, and rural Pennsylvania.  Al Qaeda , which was based in  Afghanistan  and led by  Osama bin Laden , was responsible for the attack. In October 2001, Congress passed the  Patriot Act , which expanded the government's ability to monitor  citizens' communication, and it allowed immigrants suspected of terrorism to be deported. In 2002, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security which sought to protect the nation's borders. Hundreds of  immigrants were put into jail without formal charges. Guantanamo Detection Camp  was created on the American military base in Cuba to hold captured Taliban  fighters from Afghanistan. The attacks on September 11th coincided with the beginning of an economic recession. X. Bush Takes the Offensive Against Iraq In January 2002, Bush created the " axis of evil ," which included  Iraq North Korea , and  Iran Hussein had been harassing and dodging U.N. weapons inspectors for years. (Inspectors were supposed to be allowed in the country after the 1991 Persian Gulf War.)  Bush was determined to invade Iraq and  overthrow its dictator, Saddam Hussein  (finish the job that his dad had started). Bush made a variety of 
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false claims in his case for war against Iraq: Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; Iraq could be a  democratic beacon for the Middle East; Iraq supported Al Qaeda. The  U.S. invaded Iraq  on  March 19, 2003 . Britain was America's only major ally in the invasion.   Hussein  was quickly defeated.  On May 1, 2003, Bush made a speech in which he claimed that major combat operations in Iraq were  complete.
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