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Bush Considers Cabinet Changes


President Bush says he is starting the process of picking the cabinet and White House staff for his second term in office.

Mr. Bush, spending the weekend at the presidential retreat, Camp David, in Maryland, did not indicate what changes he is considering for his team.

U.S. media reports, however, say Attorney General John Ashcroft could depart before Mr. Bush is sworn in for a second term in January. Others reportedly considering leaving include Secretary of State Colin Powell and Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge.

Meanwhile, U.S. counterterrorism coordinator Cofer Black has resigned his post, becoming the first to leave since President Bush's re-election. He had served the State Department since 2002, and had previously worked for the CIA for nearly three decades.

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