"Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet"

Under pressure from my blog, Bush has decided to stop letting people know when the current administration uses paid commentators.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries Wednesday not to pay media commentators to promote his legislative agenda, saying payments by the Education Department were improper and new leadership was now in place.

Bush said it was an improper use of government funds, and told a news conference: "I expect my Cabinet secretaries to make sure that that practice doesn't go forward. There needs to be independence."

Bush said, "We didn't know about this in the White House."

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