Can He Fix It?

AS CRITICS GET LOUDER, BUSH FIGHTS BACK WITH A PLAN TO REFORM HOMELAND SECURITY. AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW HE'S MANAGING THE CRISIS

On May 22, as President Bush flew to Berlin for the start of a weeklong diplomatic tour, White House chief of staff Andrew Card briefed the President in his private office aboard Air Force One. But Card wasn't there to prepare Bush for his meetings in Europe. Instead, he presented the President with a 1.5-in.-thick binder of eight policy options for reorganizing the Federal Government to guard against terrorist threats. Included was an idea Bush had resisted for months: the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the first new Cabinet-level department in more than a decade. Card walked Bush through...

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