January 12, 2002 |
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.
December 25, 2001 |
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.
December 11, 2001 |
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.
December 7, 2001 |
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.
November 30, 2001 |
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.
November 18, 2001 |
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.