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Key Clinton aide joins Obama's team of White House advisors

Key Clinton aide joins Obama's team of White House advisors

WASHINGTON — With his popularity flagging and his healthcare law at risk, President Obama has uncharacteristically reached outside his tightknit core of advisors to bring into the White House a veteran Democratic strategist who helped guide President Clinton through the darkest days of his presidency. The appointment of John Podesta, who was the White House chief of staff during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment proceedings in Congress, is an acknowledgment by Obama of the extent of the problems that have dogged the first year of his second term. The decision is not risk-free. Bringing in an outsider at such a high level could complicate lines of authority in the...

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