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Bush wants Geren for good

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 25, 2007


WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday he wants to remove the "acting" from Peter Geren's job title as the Army's top civilian official. Geren stepped in as acting Army secretary when his predecessor abruptly departed amid the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Geren assumed the post in a temporary role on March 9. His nomination requires Senate approval.

Ky. cardiologist for surgeon general

President Bush has picked a cardiologist who is interested in fighting childhood obesity to be the next surgeon general, the White House announced Thursday. Bush nominated Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr., professor of preventive medicine at the University of Kentucky, to be the 18th surgeon general, who oversees the U.S. Public Health Service. Holsinger has led Kentucky's health care system, taught at several U.S. medical schools and served more than three decades in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Senate plans June vote on Gonzales

President Bush said Thursday he would address any wrongdoing uncovered by investigations related to the firings of eight federal prosecutors, but added that new allegations have not swayed his support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The Democrat-led Senate, meanwhile, scheduled a no-confidence vote for mid June. "It is the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people, " it reads.