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Breaking: McClellan resigns, Rove gives up policy position

Reported by Chrish - April 19, 2006

FOXNews.com is reporting that Scott McClellan has resigned as White House Press Secretary, and Karl Rove is giving up oversight of policy development to focus on the upcoming elections.

People considered for McClellan's replacement are FOX News' Tony Snow, a former speechwriter for Bush I, Victoria Clarke, a former Pentagon spokeswoman (from the article; a PR consultant from the link), and Dan Senor, former coalition Provisional Authority spokesman and current FOX News contributor.

Rove's policy position is being given to Joel Kaplan, which according to the article leaves Bush with three deputy chiefs of staff: Rove, Kaplan and Joe Hagin, who oversees administrative matters, intelligence and other national security issues. It is not clear what Rove would remain deputy of, but we can assume he will still be Bush's brain no matter his title.

Comment: It wouldn't be much of a jump for friendly FOX newspersons to be working directly out of the White House. The circle is drawing tighter.

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