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ly Th Mich n I Vol. LXXXIX, No. 49-S
he Mi igan Daiy Twelve Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
Schlesiger, damsto o
I '.00k ,Carter

'pleased'
withfive
dismissals
From AP and UPI Reports
WASHINGTON - President Carter
dismissed Energy Secretary James
Schlesinger and Transportation
Secretary Brock Adams yesterday and
said he is "well pleased with all the
changes" he has made in the top level
of his administration. In the week-long
shake-up Carter sacked five of his 12
Cabinet members.
After the announcement that the final
ax had fallen among members of his
Cabinet, Carter told reporters:
"THERE IS absolutely no doubt in
my mind that I and my administration
will now be better able to serve this
country and to resolve those problems
and meet those challenges which I
described to the American people in my
address Sunday," he said.
Looking grim, Carter made a brief
appearance in the White House press
room to bring down the curtain on the
Cabinet house-cleaning that shocked
and angered many members of
Congress.
CARTER SAID the transition in his
Cabinet would be handled in an orderly
way and said any vacancies will be
filled without delay. He said he did not
expect any further resignations in the
shake-up that has strengthened the role
of his closest White House aides.
Carter spoke about an hour after the
formal announcement that Schlesinger
would be leaving the Energy Depar-
tment. Earlier, Schlesinger revealed
that his resignation had been accepted.
Adams said he quit after a brief
White House meeting with the president
Friday morning.
WHITE HOUSE press secretary Jody

PRESIDENT CARTER DEFENDS his position on the re-shuffling of his Cabinet during a White House briefing
yesterday. Surrounding Carter (left to right) are the former Cabinet members whose resignations he has accepted:
Energy Secretary James Schlesinger; Secretary of HEW Joseph Califano; Secretary of the Treasury Michael
Blumenthal; Transportation Secretary Brock Adams; and Attorney General Alexander Griffin Bell.
D.C. buzzing with speculation
By KEITH RICHBURG business of running the federal gover- But as long as it's off the record,

Special to the Daily nment to a temporary halt. And, since everyone wants to talk. -owesz said garter will nominate
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The nation's the purge was carried out with about all "It's like a zoo," one HEW recep- Deputy Defense Secretary Charles
capitol is also the rumor capitol, and the subtlety of a Keystone Kops tionist said. "It caught everyone flat- Duncan Jr. to replace Schlesinger in
for the last few days the gossip circuit Comedy, there is also an element of un- footed." apost that energy woes have made the
has been literally overloaded with the certainty for about 300 sub-cabinet level ONE STATE Department official was No.1 Cabinet hot spot.
latest version of who's in and wbho's out appointees whose jobs are now in asked about some upcoming trade Powell said the Transportation
in the great White House shuffle of 1979. political limbo. For the most part, they negotiations scheduled for August. He Department would be turned over to
They're playing the guessing game in want their names kept out of print, sin- prefaced his remarks with, "Well, I Navy Secretary Graham Clayton, who
bars, in restaurants, in the aisles of the ce the lower their profiles these days, don't know if I'll still be around would serve as interim secretary for up
Senate gallery, and in the halls of all the the better their chances for survival. See GUESSING, Page 2 See SCHLESINGER, Page 7
major departments and agencies here.
Trying to guess the make-up of the next N o
admintration has taken the place of North Carolina's glad Califano left
roller skating and disco as the latest
Washington fad. By JOHN GOYER in the South. And apparently, it could organization of state colleges en-
IN FACT, for news hungry reporters At least one state in the union heaved not have hurt Carter's position in North couraged racial segreation.
and civil servants bored with the a sigh of relief Thursday at the announ - Carolina. An aide for North Carolina Governor
doldrums of customary bureaucratic cement of the resignation of Health, ADAMANT NON-SMOKER Califano James Hunt said few state officials
minute, the Carter White House purge Education, and Welfare (HEW) irritated North Carolinians for two thought Califano held a personal
is being called the most exciting thing Secretary Joseph Califano-North reasons: Under his leadership, HEW grudge against the state's school
to hit this city since the mass Carolina. tried to further restrict tobacco, the system.
resignations during Richard Nixon's U.S. Rep. Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth) state's primary agricultural product. "It's the governor's feeling that
Watergate days. said President Carter's firing of In addition, HEW tried to withhold Califano is not really involved in that
The reshuffling of five clinet depar- Califano was . motivated by . the federal, funding from North Carolina's issue.. although the average person in
tments has already 'ibought -daily president's desire to improve cois inage cOlleges and upiversities. It claimedthe See CALIFANO'S, Page 2
esdn' desir -oipoehsiae..sSeCLFN',Pg

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