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Power Plays? Payback Time? Agencies Realign Their Stars

Disaster Plans List Pecking Orders for Those Left Standing. If a terrorist attack wiped out the top layer of government, the law has a plan for who would step in: Without the president or vice president, a succession of congressional leaders and Cabinet secretaries stand in line to assume control of the country. But forget about the presidency. What about the National Archives? Who would take charge of the nation’s files in case of a catastrophe? Fortunately, the White House has an answer. President Bush this week endorsed a new order of succession for the National Archives and Records Administration detailing down to the 10th level who would assume command in a national emergency. If the top nine guys are gone, it turns out, the director of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum takes over. That’s right — 25 years after leaving office, Carter, in the form of his top librarian, would return to power, of a sort. Full Story

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