And there were these footnotes to the story of America's war on terror.
Fox News has learned that Vice President Cheney and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott spent today hunting, somewhere at an undisclosed spot in the wilderness. But it wasn't all sport – the leaders are said to be discussing when and where President Bush can return to his domestic political agenda, such as his faith-based initiative. There's apparently some concern that the president may stay in crisis management too long, at the expense of the agenda that put him in office.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the House says 700,000 jobs have been lost in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks. Congressman Dennis Hastert told an audience in North Carolina that finding financial help and jobs for the unemployed should be the government's top priority. He also says the U.S. needs to try to rely less on foreign oil, so our nation isn't so tied to that region.
Meanwhile, not all the Army reservists called up after Sept. 11 are toting M-16's. A handful are armed with cameras and notebooks. The mission of the 305th Military History Detachment is to record for history the attack on the Pentagon. The GI's from the Pittsburgh area are collecting artifacts and interviewing survivors. Among the items they've saved is a clock that stopped at 9:37 a.m., when a hijacked jetliner slammed into the Pentagon. There's also a bent lamppost that was clipped by the plane. That too will become part of the Army's official history for future generations to study.
And on the homeland defense front, the FBI is going to use the mail to try to find whoever sent anthrax through the mail. The agency says the Postal Service will start sending out fliers to the public, as part of the investigation. The fliers may have excerpts from an FBI profile of the suspect, a handwriting sample from tainted letters and a reminder about a $1.25 million reward. The FBI hopes to send the mailings by the end of the month in the Trenton, N.J., and Philadelphia areas. Four anthrax-laced letters were mailed from central New Jersey.