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Obama chooses chief of staff

WASHINGTON - The Barack Obama administration is starting to take shape. Officials say Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel has agreed to be Obama's White House chief of staff.

President Bush says ensuring a smooth transition to an Obama administration is a priority for the remaining 75 days of his presidency. Bush says he'll meet with his Democratic successor next week, calling the peaceful transfer of power "one of the hallmarks of a true democracy."

Also, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is pledging to work closely with Obama's incoming team as the Treasury department implements the $700 billion financial bailout plan.

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