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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...

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