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Sept. 11 Commission Pledges to Meet July 26 Deadline

A commission probing the Sept. 11 attacks on Tuesday pledged to report its findings by July 26 at the latest, after the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew his objections to giving it more time to complete its work. “We told the speaker today July 26 at the absolute limit. If we can get it out before we will. In no case would we get it out after that,” former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, commission chairman, said after meeting with House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican. Under pressure from the Senate, Hastert agreed on Friday to extend the work of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The commission had been scheduled to go out of business on May 27. Hastert said he wanted to avoid having the commission’s report become “a political football” with its release just three months before the presidential election, and during the Democrats’ national convention to choose their candidate to oppose Republican President Bush. Full Story

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