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July 18, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Developer Bill L. Walters, who told a congressional committee in June that he was broke after defaulting on nearly $100 million in loans obtained from a Denver thrift with the help of Neil Bush, is now living in the lap of luxury here. In February, a trust for Walters' wife, Jacqueline, bought a $1.9-million gated estate near Newport Bay, according to county records reviewed by The Times.
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March 23, 2002 | The Washington Post
Army Secretary Thomas E. White and his wife flew to Colorado on an Army jet this month and closed on the sale of their Aspen house, according to Army officials and sources in Colorado. Army spokesman Larry Gottardi acknowledged that the Whites made the Aspen trip while the Army secretary was traveling on business to Seattle. He declined to explain the official purpose of the Seattle trip or what Army business White had in Aspen.
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December 29, 1994 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CIA director R. James Woolsey, under fire for months for his handling of the Aldrich H. Ames spy case and lacking strong support in the White House and Congress, resigned abruptly on Wednesday. The nation's first post-Cold War spy chief never forcefully seized control of a sprawling, $30-billion-a-year intelligence bureaucracy and was not seen by his own employees or by his overseers on Capitol Hill as a strong advocate of intelligence programs.
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January 19, 2002 | JOHN HENDREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A movie theater on Connecticut Avenue this week took on the jarring flavor of a combined Hollywood premiere and military officers' bash. Cinema heartthrobs in T-shirts and leather jackets huddled with muscle-bound Delta Force and Ranger vets. The seats held more brass than the Glenn Miller Orchestra: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Army Secretary Thomas E. White Jr.
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September 16, 1990 | BARRY BEARAK and TOM FURLONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The $500 billion has vanished down a hole in the front yard, gone under the fine, green lawn that is bordered by a white picket fence, lost into that benign part of the American dream known as owning a home of your own. That was what savings and loan companies were for, to help the home buyer fulfill the dream. For years, they did. Then the S&Ls began to "crater," to use a favorite industry term. Good money chased bad down the maw. In the midst of it, the Pinocchios and Magoos of the U.S.
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March 13, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crawling up the Capitol steps to dramatize the barriers confronting them, scores of disabled persons rallied Monday to protest delays in congressional action on a Senate-passed bill to expand their access to jobs, transportation and public services. The legislation, endorsed by President Bush, has broad bipartisan backing but has been moving at glacial speed through four House committees since it was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate last September.
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November 9, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William J. Bennett, the first director of the nation's war on drugs, went out with a bang Thursday, calling one congressional critic "a gas bag" and labeling the drug-plagued District of Columbia "a basket case." President Bush, in accepting Bennett's resignation at the White House, praised his leadership in the war against drugs and said that the nation "is on the road to victory" in that war.
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June 1, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Still protesting his innocence while beseeching Congress to "bring this period of mindless cannibalism to an end," Jim Wright (D-Tex.) announced Wednesday that he would resign from the House and become the first Speaker in history to be forced out of office. With tears filling his eyes, the Texas Democrat told his colleagues in a powerful, hourlong speech from the well of the chamber that it had become apparent Congress would not be able to turn fully to the nation's problems before it until the long ethics investigation of his finances is resolved.
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June 19, 1988 | MARJORIE WILLIAMS, The Washington Post
The U.S. chief of protocol begins by threatening to cry. The interview has been arranged for a dual profile of Ambassador Selwa (Lucky) Roosevelt and her husband, Archie, a retired CIA officer who has just published his memoirs. Most of it will take place at the couple's house in Georgetown, but the reporter has asked first to meet Mrs. Roosevelt at her office in Foggy Bottom. To catch her, as it were, in her habitat.
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May 3, 1990 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development continued Wednesday to rebut former HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr.'s claim that he was a "hands-off" manager who was unaware of fraud and abuse within the agency.
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January 12, 2002 | JOHANNA NEUMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His father was an Austrian Jew who escaped the Nazi Holocaust by fleeing to Cuba. His mother was a Catholic Cuban who escaped Havana after Fidel Castro came to power. Their son, Otto Juan Reich, came to America at 14 with a personal and passionate distrust of dictatorships.
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December 25, 2001 | From Associated Press
President Bush has formalized the line of succession at several key federal agencies in case a Cabinet secretary is killed or incapacitated, a housekeeping task with fresh meaning after Sept. 11. With no fanfare, Bush signed a series of executive orders in the last week that mandate a lengthy list of officials and the order in which they would take control of their Cabinet agencies. The orders don't affect the succession for the presidency, officials said.
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December 11, 2001 | From the Washington Post
Justice Department lawyers have filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to remove a member from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights so that a Bush administration appointee can succeed her on a board that tilts toward Democrats. The appointee--Peter N. Kirsanow, a Cleveland labor lawyer--was also named as one of the plaintiffs against Commissioner Victoria Wilson, who is clinging to her seat despite the White House's contention that her term expired at the end of November.
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December 7, 2001 | AARON ZITNER and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Government scientists have opened the anthrax-laden letter sent to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and found it to be "virtually identical" to one mailed to a colleague, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), the FBI said Thursday. The disclosure came as scientists continued a painstaking examination of the Leahy envelope and the particles inside it, presumed to be anthrax bacteria, at the Army's biological defense unit at Ft. Detrick, Md.
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November 30, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
President Bush's controversial choice of Cuban American activist Otto Reich to head the State Department's Western Hemisphere bureau is unlikely to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a committee staff member said Thursday. The committee has told the White House that approval of the nomination is not expected and that lawmakers would prefer a different nominee, the staffer said.
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November 18, 2001 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The discovery of a second letter to a Democratic U.S. senator apparently containing anthrax has strengthened federal investigators' belief that the attack through the mail is the work of domestic rather than foreign terrorists, officials said Saturday. After sorting through 268 barrels of quarantined congressional mail, federal investigators found no additional suspicious letters besides an envelope discovered Friday that was addressed to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), officials said.
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February 17, 1991 | GARRY ABRAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gregory Freeman Stone's last day began with business as usual. That morning he talked with friend and next-door neighbor Floyd Nelson about the mission that had consumed more than a decade of his life: reopening the official investigation into the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. For many who knew him, Stone was an "unsung hero," a man attempting to "rewrite history."
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January 13, 1989 | MARLENE CIMONS, Times Staff Writer
Adm. James D. Watkins, the imposing 6-foot-4, silver-haired former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is President-elect Bush's choice to head the Energy Department, often tells the story of a pivotal moment in his most recent public role, that of chairman of the presidential AIDS commission. It occurred as he listened to the poignant testimony of the mother of a 12-year-old AIDS-infected boy who had been isolated by his classmates and his community.
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October 9, 2001 | AARON ZITNER and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As a second day of attacks in Afghanistan left many Americans jittery about their own safety, President Bush's new director of homeland security took office Monday and began working to strengthen defenses against terrorism on U.S. soil. The new director, former Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge, will coordinate the work of 40 or so federal agencies that have a role in preventing or responding to terrorist attacks.
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October 8, 2001 | RICHARD SIMON and CHARLES PILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When he takes the oath of office today as the nation's first director of the Office of Homeland Security, one day after the U.S. launched strikes on Afghanistan, former Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge assumes a heavy burden: to keep the nation safe from future acts of terrorism. But critics say he faces another task that could prove just as difficult: taming the turf-conscious bureaucracy being marshaled to the nation's defense.
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