Politics & Government

November 28, 2007 7:06 PM

Probes find interference, bias by former Interior official

Julie A. MacDonald entered the Bush administration ready for war. She left it badly wounded, a case study in how political influence can backfire. A civil engineer from California's Sacramento Valley, MacDonald served five tumultuous years as a top Interior Department official handling endangered species issues. She left in May, but her legacy still shades a department that's endured mounting controversy.

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