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- Reporter's Notebook: Enron and the Bush Administration - Energy trader Enron, a major player in the Vice President's task force this spring and whose CEO was a major contributor to President Bush, has become the largest US firm ever to file for bankruptcy. Like many Congressional Democrats, California's Henry Waxman want to know what went on in closed-door meetings. Brookings fellow Thomas Mann says the GAO's defense of "private consultation" threatens public accountability.
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