In second term, a fight over direction of GOP

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    WASHINGTON – On either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the political incentives are shifting at the start of a second Bush administration - and with them, prospects for everything from Social Security and tax reform to the future of the GOP.

    For President Bush, the aim is no longer to win reelection but to consolidate the gains of the first term and establish a legacy.

    But for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the imperative to back their president going into an election - a leading factor in muscling major changes in education and Medicare over the top in the first term - is no longer a factor. This president cannot run again. Nor, in a rare break from tradition, is the vice president on track to take his place.


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