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.
October 9, 2001 |
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.
October 8, 2001 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2001 |
California's top federal forester is being transferred to a new job, dismaying conservation groups who fear the move portends the dismantling of a plan to protect old-growth forests and fragile wildlife in the Sierra Nevada.
August 18, 2001 |
The director of President Bush's program to expand religious groups' role in providing social services said Friday that he will resign, the latest setback to an initiative that has been beleaguered from its start. The resignation of John J. DiIulio Jr. as director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, while not entirely unexpected, nonetheless surprised many observers.