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In Reversal, Bush Agrees to New 9/11 Panel Deadline

Despite initial objections, President Bush agreed on Wednesday to extend until July 26 the deadline for the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to complete its final report, setting the stage for its release at the height of the presidential campaign. The extension was requested by the commission, which wanted the original May 27 deadline pushed back 60 days to complete hundreds of interviews and review millions of documents. “We are pleased to support their request for an extension and we urge Congress to act quickly to extend that timetable,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters. If Congress approves the extension, the panel, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, said it planned to release its public, unclassified final report not later than July 26 and wrap up the rest of its business by August 25. The commission may also produce a classified version for the administration and lawmakers. Full Story

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