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White House Shakeup Continues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

More changes Wednesday at the White House.

A top administration official says Karl Rove is changing his duties at the White House and Bush spokesman Scott McClellan says he's "ready to move on."

Rove is giving up oversight of developing policy, the official said, to focus more on politics in advance of the midterm congressional elections in November.

Just over a year ago, Rove was promoted to deputy chief of staff in charge of most White House policy coordination.

But the official says the job of deputy chief of staff for policy is now going to the deputy budget director.

Meanwhile McClellan, who’s the youngest son of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, announced his resignation Wednesday morning on the South Lawn of the White House, joined by President Bush, who was about to leave on a trip to Alabama.

The changes come just days after Josh Bolten took over from Andrew Card as chief of staff.

McClellan has engaged in some fierce sparring with reporters on Iraq and intelligence issues.

"It's going to be hard to replace Scott,” Mr. Bush said as he thanked McClellan for his service in what he called a “challenging assignment.”

McClellan said Mr. Bush has accomplished "a lot" and he's appreciated the chance to work with a "terrific and talented team."


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