Bush Homeland Security Adviser Resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another of President Bush's key aides is leaving her post.

Bush's top White House-based adviser on terrorism and homeland security, Fran Townsend, has resigned. The president says in a statement that Townsend "ably guided" the Homeland Security Council and "played an integral role" in strategies and policies used to fight terrorism and protect Americans.

Her departure continues an exodus of key Bush aides and confidants.

Top aide Karl Rove, along with press secretary Tony Snow and senior presidential adviser Dan Bartlett, left earlier this year.

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