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Bush taps EPA director Leavitt for Health and Human Services post

[JURIST] President Bush nominated Environmental Protection Agency chief Mike Leavitt Monday to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Leavitt, a former three-term governor of Utah, stepped into the EPA role in 2003, and much of his work has focused on crafting new air pollution regulations. HHS oversees the Medicare and Medicaid health programs, as well as several other agencies, including the FDA and CDC. Previous HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced his resignation earlier this month. The White House has video from the nomination announcement, as well as a transcript. AP has more.

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