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President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, his White House chief of staff, is resigning to run for mayor of Chicago. Stepping into that role on an interim basis will be Pete Rouse, a deeply trusted senior adviser to Obama who has made much of his living as a chief of staff.
California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman told reporters at a news conference Thursday that she would take a lie detector test to prove she was “stunned” when she found out that her housekeeper was an illegal immigrant in 2009.
The top Republican in the House of Representatives proposed on Thursday that lawmakers be forced to cut federal spending to offset the cost of any new program. Taking a swipe at fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, John Boehner said “this institution is broken” and earned its reputation for “fiscal recklessness.”