On A Slippery Slope

White House chief of staff John Sununu has long played close to the edge in ethical matters. This time he may have slid over it.

As a swelling storm of criticism buffeted his chief of staff last week, the President finally came to John Sununu's defense. Bush did not deny that his right-hand man had made frequent flights on Air Force executive jets -- including trips to ski resorts and his New Hampshire home -- that have cost taxpayers more than $500,000 during the past two years. And while the President conceded that the White House rules requiring the chief of staff to fly only in military aircraft may need adjustment, he insisted that Sununu "complied with the existing policy."

That may be narrowly true in...

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