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A hint about FEMA's future?

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No surprises from the president-elect’s press conference this morning. You can read about Obama’s national security team, and watch the conference, on the transition Web site.

But there was an interesting bit of language in Obama’s introduction of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, his nomination for Homeland Security secretary:

She understands the need for a homeland security department that can respond to terrorist attacks and respond to catastrophes.

What’s interesting is the part about “respond[ing] to catastrophes.” That’s the responsibility of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And there’s been a lot of talk about removing FEMA from DHS and restoring it to the Cabinet-level status it had before DHS was founded.

But if Obama’s language this morning is any indication — and he tends to pick his words carefully — that doesn’t look likely.



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