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Protesters Descend on Bush Inauguration

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As President Bush celebrates the start of his second term, protesters have descended on Washington voicing opposition to the Iraq war and some of the administration's domestic and foreign policy initiatives.

Anti-war protesters have positioned themselves throughout the nation's capital. Some are holding signs calling the war in Iraq illegal, while others are toting cardboard caskets to signify the death of U.S. troops in that country. Other activists are demonstrating against what they call the Bush administration's "go-it alone" foreign policy. Protesters also are rallying in support of gay marriage and abortion rights. The protests have been mostly peaceful, although there have been reports of minor scuffling between demonstrators and Bush supporters. Polls have shown Americans remain largely divided over the president and his policies. Mr. Bush's recent job approval ratings have hovered around 50 percent -- significantly lower than former presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan at the start of their second terms.

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