Plugging Leaks

Media reports declaring health-care reform all but dead -- apparently based on leaks from senior administration officials -- infuriated White House chief of staff Leon Panetta. At the senior staff meeting on Friday, NEWSWEEK has learned, Panetta ordered that anyone who talks to a reporter log the call with Communications Director Mark Gearan. Deputy chief Harold Ickes chimed in that the leaks were hurtful to the reform effort -- and seemed to come from sources who don't know what's going on.
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