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U.S. Aide in Iraq in Urgent Talks at White House

L. Paul Bremer III, the American administrator in Iraq, made a hurried return to Washington on Tuesday as Bush administration officials held an urgent round of meetings to discuss ways of speeding up the transfer of power to Iraqis. The meetings reflected dissatisfaction with the pace of progress in Iraq and a growing conviction that Mr. Bremer must abandon his methodical plan to move gradually toward the election of an Iraqi government over a year or two, officials said. As President Bush gave a Veterans Day speech vowing to stabilize Iraq, officials including Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, huddled with Mr. Bremer in the White House Situation Room to plot ways of speeding the transfer of sovereignty. Several administration officials said there was no evidence that Mr. Bush had lost confidence in Mr. Bremer, although the president wants him to move more quickly. Full Story

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