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Promises, but No Firm Figures, on Federal Antiterror Money

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City walked out of the White House this morning, took his place before an assortment of microphones and TV cameras and offered words of praise for the president. It was hard to tell that he had just left a private meeting in the Oval Office empty-handed. That is, by and large, the way the day went for Mr. Bloomberg, a Republican, as he made the rounds in the capital seeking federal money to help the city defend itself against terrorism. Washington officials greeted the mayor warmly and even vaguely promised to help the city out as the nation faced another day on a high alert level. But when all was said and done, Mr. Bloomberg left the capital with no firm commitments, though he and his aides said they were satisfied that they had received a sympathetic hearing and that New York would get its fair share. “Bubkes is in the eye of the beholder,” the mayor said after being told that one New York lawmaker used the Yiddish term for nothing to describe what the mayor got out of his trip to Washington. Full Story

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