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Josh was reading the Gotham Times when his jaw dropped.

The White House may have sent a phalanx of top officials to Capitol Hill this week to be grilled by the Sept. 11 panel, but the one official who did not appear publicly has turned out to be the official the panel wanted most: Condoleezza Rice.

As she prepares to leave her job at the end of the year, Ms. Rice, the president's national security adviser, now finds herself at the center of a political storm, furiously defending both the White House and her own reputation.


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Mar. 26th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's an interesting way of announcing an impending retirement: through a phrase referring to it in passing as if it's already a well-known fact.

Who knows - maybe it was a well-known fact among some inner circle of the commentariat, and Elizabeth ("Shape of Earth: Views Differ", "Asking the President Tough Questions Is Scary") Bumiller just accidentally let it slip.

One would think an editor would catch something like that, but there's certainly been plenty of evidence lately to suggest that the NYT minimally edits (at most) their big shots.
Mar. 26th, 2004 05:27 am (UTC)
The first thing that popped through my head was, "Well, yeah, after November."
Mar. 26th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
The standard rumor has her going over to State during the traditional between-terms shakeup (assuming, as drainbead said, that there is a second term).
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