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Bush Begins Considering 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 reported to be considering leaving include Secretary of State Colin Powell and Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge.

Also Friday, Iowa, the final undeclared state from Tuesday's elections, announced Mr. Bush won the state's popular vote.

With the addition of the midwestern state of Iowa's seven electoral votes, the president won 286 electoral votes to Senator John Kerry's 252.