For Ex-Aide to Bush, Quick Fall After Long Climb

Claude A. Allen often said his religious upbringing took him from a two-room apartment in a poor neighborhood of Washington to a post at the White House. ''Probably the vast majority of the kids who grew up in our neighborhood were either strung out on drugs or in jail or dead,'' Mr. Allen, one of the nation's most prominent African-American Republicans, said in a televised interview. But Mr. Allen said his salvation was the Roman Catholic education ''that taught me discipline, taught me hard work, that taught me values that were carried throughout life.''

By IAN URBINA and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK; Reporting for this article was contributed by Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Janofsky, Robert Pear and John Files

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