The Flurry Over John Snow

Before President Bush finally decided to keep Treasury Secretary John Snow as the leader of his second-term economic team last week, the White House's list of possible replacements had multiplied. According to a senior Administration official, Bush was considering erstwhile presidential candidate and publisher of Forbes magazine Steve Forbes, and former Texas Senator Phil Gramm. The White House also looked at a couple of Wall Street types.

From the outset, however, the President said of Snow, "I'm not predisposed towards replacing him," the Administration official told TIME. Behind the scenes, Bush had insisted on a careful re-evaluation of every Cabinet member....

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