Washington, D.C. --- U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday that would allow U.S. citizens who own property in the Turkish occupied portion of the Republic of Cyprus to seek financial remedies with either the current inhabitants of their land or the Turkish government.
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"The Inspector General's alarming report shows just how far the Bush administration will go to satisfy corporate polluters. The Bush administration must have realized scientists at EPA would never come back with the lenient rules it wanted, and that's why the administration rigged the process from the very beginning.