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Bush Defends Anti-Terror Efforts to Panel

President Bush defended his administration’s efforts to stop terrorist strikes and assessed the nation’s potential vulnerabilities to attack in an extraordinary meeting with the Sept. 11 commission, setting the stage for the panel to focus on reform proposals as it finishes its work. The bipartisan commission met privately with Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for more than three hours Thursday in the Oval Office in a session presidential scholars called unprecedented. With few remaining witness interviews left, commissioners will begin working on recommendations to meet its July 26 deadline. “It was an extraordinarily good meeting. The president was forthright,” said former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, the commission’s Republican chairman. Full Story

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