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Friday, 15 December, 2000, 11:54 GMT
Facing the future

As George Bush prepares to take office as the 43rd President of the United States, what policies can we expect? How will he balance the competing demands of Washington's interest groups and how will he fulfil his election pledge to be a 'compassionate conservative'? Find out from the best of BBC coverage.


Pressing needs

George Bush with Texan schoolchildren
George Bush with Texan schoolchildren
Bush promises to put country before party but what will this mean in practice? He wants to introduce tax cuts, improve education for the poor and encourage private pensions. What are the implications? The BBC's Stephen Sackur investigates.

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The cabinet

Bush listens to his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice
Bush listens to his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice
George Bush has turned to his father for advice on who to appoint to some of the top posts in Washington. Many familiar faces from the past are set to make a comeback. The BBC's Clive Myrie reported on the early cabinet appointments.

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Linda Chavez who was forced to withdraw

The appointments are not without controversy. The woman chosen by George W Bush to serve as the next labour secretary, Linda Chavez, was forced to withdraw. She came under fire for sheltering an illegal immigrant from Guatemala in the early 1990s. The BBC's Stephen Sackur reports:

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It could be part of the national "healing process" George Bush promised. His cabinet appointments, like that of national security advisor Condoleezza Rice, are the makings of an inclusive White House staff, as the BBC's Brian Barron reports.

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The appointment of Colin Powell as State Secretary makes him the most powerful black leader in America, reports the BBC's Brian Barron.

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Economy
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange

The BBC's James Naughtie spoke to Robert Reich, who was in President Clinton's first cabinet, about what Bush will inherit. The US economy has been healthy for many years - but is that set to continue and will the new president be able to introduce his much vaunted tax cuts?

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The BBC's Richard Quest looks at how business will view the new president and predicts which companies will benefit.

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Foreign policy

The Pentagon
A new future for the Pentagon
The US President-elect has pledged to use America's unique power and unmatched influence to forge peace and democracy worldwide. He has also underlined his commitment to bi-partisanship and co-operation with allies around the world, as the BBC's Brian Barron reports.

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The Texas governor has little experience of life outside the United States and questions remain about his foreign policy plans. What will happen to the so-called 'special relationship' between the US and the UK? The BBC's James Robbins reports.

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The BBC's James Naughtie spoke to David Wurmser of the right wing American Enterprise Institute on differences between American and European attitudes to defence.

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Hanan Ashrawi of the Palestinian Legislative Council told BBC World she hopes the change of leadership will lead to a 'new energised foreign policy' towards the Middle East.

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Family and friends

George Bush Senior and Junior
George Bush Senior and Junior
It has been a struggle to reach the White House. But George Bush has always believed it was his destiny to follow in his father's footsteps and become President. Our Washington Correspondent, Philippa Thomas, looks at the man behind the image.

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Environment

Windmill farm in Mojave, California
The future? A windmill farm in Mojave, California
Global climate change seems to need addressing urgently. Yet the recent failure of the Hague talks proves international agreements are hard to make. For any progress, the world's biggest polluter, the US, will need to reduce its greenhouse gasses. Can George Bush be counted upon? The BBC's Tim Hirsch reports.

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