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Homeland Dept. Set for Power Struggle

In one of his first battles at the helm of the new Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Tom Ridge will face off with an old ally: Sen. Arlen Specter, a fellow Pennsylvania Republican. But as Specter sees it, the power battle is necessary to help Ridge win a possible Washington turf war. Even before Ridge was sworn into office Friday, Specter was planning to lob a fresh attack on the 170,000-person department that he believes will be rendered ineffective if it cannot extract intelligence from agencies like the FBI and the CIA. Ridge has said the new department has all the authority it needs. “This is an area that’s going to be a knockdown, drag-out fight among all the turf guys in Washington,” Specter said in an interview. Full Story

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