Thompson resigns from Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced his resignation on Friday, the latest departure in President Bush's first-term Cabinet.

Navajo Nation Vice President Frank Dayish Jr. praised Thompson's tenure. Thompson visited the Navajo Nation in July and sent other top officials to the reservation to witness the health and living conditions there.

In addition to Thompson, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow is expected to resign, according to news reports. However, Bush has asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to stay.

So far, eight Cabinet secretaries have announced their resignations, with more expected. Interior Secretary Gale Norton has not publicly stated her plans.

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Navajos lose health advocate with Thompson's resignation (The Gallup Independent 12/4)
Rumsfeld To Remain At Pentagon (The Washington Post 12/4)
U.S. Health Chief, Stepping Down, Issues Warning (The New York Times 12/4)
Treasury Secretary Is Likely to Leave Soon (The New York Times 12/6)

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