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Reports: Obama Settles on His New Chief of Staff

Denis McDonough expected to be named within days

(Newser) - President Obama's next chief of staff isn't exactly a household name, but he's long been a trusted adviser to the president: Politico and the New York Times say Obama will name Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough to replace Jack Lew.
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Obama's Chief of Staff Bill Daley Resigns

Jack Lew will replace him

(Newser) - William Daley is ending his tumultuous tenure with the Obama administration, stepping down as chief of staff to make way for current budget director Jack Lew, White House sources tell the LA Times . Daley handed in his letter of resignation last week, and President Obama will announce the move this... More »

Obama's Chief of Staff Half-Resigns

William Daley will now only handle external relations

(Newser) - William Daley has only been President Obama’s chief of staff for 10 months, but he's seemingly ready to be co-chief: Daley is stepping sideways, the Wall Street Journal reports, handing over the day-to-day running of the White House and its dealings with Congress to longtime Obama aide Pete... More »

White House Chief of Staff: 'It's Been a Brutal 3 Years'

Bill Daley says Congress won't let Obama be a chief executive

(Newser) - Roger Simon of Politico has an entertaining interview with White House chief of staff Bill Daley. Some highlights:
  • How it's going: “It’s been a brutal three years. It’s been a very, very difficult three years, an incredible three years. And we are doing all this under
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So Just Who Is This Bill Daley?

Profiles: He's a 'bare-knuckles' whip-cracker—and a disappointment to liberals

(Newser) - William Daley has terms like "longtime Democratic operative," "former Clinton secretary of commerce" and "Chicago political scion" thrown about him, but the New York Times takes a closer look at President Obama's new right-hand guy. He's “a bare-knuckles administrator ... someone who not only makes the... More »

Obama Names William Daley Chief of Staff

President makes it official

(Newser) - President Obama named veteran political manager William Daley to be his new chief of staff today, selecting a centrist with Wall Street ties to help navigate a newly divided Congress and a looming re-election. "Few Americans can boast the breadth of experience that Bill brings to this job,"... More »

Obama Eyes William Daley as Rahm Replacement

The JPMorgan Chase exec has pro-business reputation

(Newser) - President Obama is considering bringing on Clinton-era Commerce Secretary William Daley as his new chief of staff, or slotting him into some other high-level White House job, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The appointment would send a powerful message to the business world, where Daley, a champion of free... More »

Why I Loved Dealing With Rahm Emanuel

David Brooks: His reputation as a hothead is 'vastly overstated'

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel's larger-than-life caricature as a hot-headed politician prone to throwing temper tantrums and lobbing F-bombs is "vastly overstated," writes David Brooks. Emanuel is actually quite thick-skinned, and while he is a "professional strategist" for sure, "he is not one of these cold-eyed tacticians who is... More »

Rahm Emanuel Announces Exit

Obama makes his chief of staff's exit official

(Newser) - President Barack Obama said a bittersweet goodbye today to the energetic and fierce manager of his White House, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and elevated a quiet and seasoned adviser, Pete Rouse, to the most important gate-keeping job in American politics. "We could not have accomplished what we've accomplished... More »

Meet Pete Rouse, Obama's New Chief of Staff

He's a longtime aide and much more low-key than Rahm Emanuel

(Newser) - So who is this Pete Rouse, the man expected to step into Rahm Emanuel's shoes tomorrow? The president's senior aide is a longtime one and not unfamiliar with serving as his chief of staff—Rouse was hired in that job when then-Sen. Obama first arrived in Washington, reports the New ... More »

Rahm Emanuel to Quit Tomorrow; Pete Rouse In

Obama to announce chief of staff shuffle tomorrow

(Newser) - Washington's worst-kept secret is that much closer to being official: The AP quotes two anonymous sources saying that Rahm Emanuel will resign tomorrow to run for mayor of Chicago. President Obama will give him a White House sendoff and announce that senior adviser Pete Rouse will permanently replace him as... More »

Rahm May Announce White House Exit This Week

Chief of staff 'close to decision' on Chicago mayoral bid

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is nearing a decision on whether to quit his job to run for mayor of Chicago, and could make an announcement as soon as this week, sources say. "Because of family considerations, no final decision has been made," a source tells... More »

Rahm Begins Polling to Test Mayoral Run

Obama chief of staff also gets his Chicago pals involved

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel is taking his first tangible steps toward an expected run for the Chicago mayor's seat. His longtime pollster has begun surveying city residents, reports Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times . "Sources told me that polling calls for Emanuel were being made over the weekend and that Emanuel... More »

Who Will Replace Daley and 'Mayor Rahm'?

Chicago race (and DC race) wide open

(Newser) - Richard Daley’s retirement has set off wild speculation in Chicago about who'll replace him, and in Washington about who’ll replace would-be mayor Rahm Emanuel. DC insiders are positive Rahm will run, according to the Hill , but he’ll have competition. “It’s the wild, wild West,”... More »

Rahm Emanuel: Report I'm Quitting Is 'BS'

Chief of Staff planning to move family to DC

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel is not happy about the report that he’s leaving the White House after the midterm elections. “This is BS. And if you need it for translation, it is baseless,” the White House chief of staff said in a statement today. Rumors have circulated that Emanuel... More »

Rahm Emanuel to Quit White House

No one's happy with his job

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to quit later this year after growing weary of the "idealism" of Obama staffers who are just as frustrated with him, according to sources. He'll likely step down after midterm elections, reports the Telegraph . Emanuel still maintains a good relationship... More »

Rahm Emanuel: I Want to Be Chicago Mayor

White House Chief of Staff says he misses Illinois

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel sounds like he wants out of the Obama administration—and Washington altogether. In an interview with Charlie Rose last night, Emanuel confirmed the rumor that he's considering running for mayor of Chicago in 2011. “I hope Mayor Daley seeks reelection. I will work and support him” if... More »

Massa Fires Back at Aide

Says former staffer accusing him of sex harassment wrote himself $40K check

(Newser) - Eric Massa fired right back at his former chief-of-staff yesterday, alleging that Joseph Racalto wrote himself a suspicious $40,000 check from Massa's campaign war chest as he was forced to resign amid sexual harassment allegations. Racalto not only decided the amount, but he or someone forged the former congressman's... More »

Sex-Club Flap Claims RNC Chief of Staff

It's unclear if Ken McKay's resignation was voluntary

(Newser) - The sex-club scandal that has rocked the Republican National Committee claimed its highest-ranking official yet today, with chief of staff Ken McKay resigning. An RNC rep wouldn’t say if McKay volunteered or was pushed, but did tell Politico that the move was directly related to the $2,000 spent... More »

Inside Rahm's Time of Turbulence

Emanuel more determined than ever as Obama agenda stalls

(Newser) - These are tough times for President Obama's combative chief of staff, but don't expect him to walk away from the job any time soon, writes Peter Baker in a detailed look at the White House's inner workings. Health care reform still hangs in the balance and if it fails, Rahm... More »

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