After Ashcroft: Larry Thompson?

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Who's on the short list to replace John Ashcroft as Attorney General? President Bush has made little secret of his choice: Georgia lawyer Larry Thompson, an African American who worked as Ashcroft’s chief deputy for 21⁄2 years but left because he was feeling ignored and cut out. Bush has twice asked Thompson to travel with him around the country and has even said in public that he will soon be asking Thompson to return to government. Thompson is believed to prefer the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but he’s unlikely to turn down the Attorney General’s job if it is offered.