The Commerce Dept. Has A Choice: `Reinvent Or Die'

Don't turn off the lights at the Commerce Dept. just yet. True, Commerce in its present form is probably a goner. Republican budget hawks in both houses have targeted the $4.2 billion-a-year agency for the ax. But a rearguard effort to turn Commerce into a lean, mean trade agency is quietly gathering steam with GOP moderates on Capitol Hill and in corporate boardrooms.

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