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Bush names EPA chief Leavitt to head health and human services

President Bush has chosen EPA administrator Mike Leavitt to be his second-term secretary of health and human services. Leavitt was just named to the environmental post last year after eleven years as governor of Utah. The move comes as the administration scrambles to find a replacement for Bernard Kerik, Bush's choice for the Department of Homeland Security. Kerik abruptly withdrew his nomination Friday night, citing tax and immigration problems with a nanny. Announcing his choice of Leavitt, Bush praised him as a "fine executive," "a man of great compassion" and "an ideal choice." Leavitt would replace Tommy Thompson -- one of the nine Cabinet secretaries Bush is replacing as he begins a second term.

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