The World

10 ESSENTIAL STORIES

1 | Washington Richardson Bows Out President-elect Barack Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, withdrew his name from consideration amid a grand-jury investigation into state contracts awarded to a political contributor. While the governor headed back to the statehouse, Obama's team scrambled to fill other crucial posts:

Leon Panetta Bill Clinton's former top aide is reportedly the pick for CIA chief, a role some say should be reserved for agency veterans.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta A neurosurgeon, TIME columnist and CNN medical correspondent, he's Obama's reported choice for surgeon general.

Nancy Killefer The McKinsey exec was tapped as...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!