Obama’s New Chief of Staff Today — That and More Moves

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President Barack Obama meets with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough, right, and speechwriter Ben Rhodes on Air Force One in this June 4, 2009 file photo on route to Cairo, Egypt.

First came Rahm Emanuel. Then Bill Daley. Lastly Jack Lew.

The Chicago crew and the seasoned Washington hand who served as President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff for his first term have yielded to another creature of Capitol Hill, Denis McDonough, who has been serving Obama as deputy national security adviser.

Obama plans to name McDonough as chief of staff today, at a noon-hour appearance in the East Room of the White House, according to an administration official. He is succeeding Lew, whom Obama has nominated to serve as Treasury secretary.

Obama also is naming Rob Nabors, his legislative liaison, as deputy chief of staff. And Tony Blinken will replace McDonough at the National Security Council.

Other moves today:

  •  Danielle Gray, Cabinet secretary
  • Katy Kale,  assistant to the president for management and administration
  • Lisa Monaco, deputy national security adviser for homeland security
  • Jennifer Palmieri, communications director
  • Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser
  • Miguel Rodriguez,  director of legislative affairs
  • David Simas, deputy senior adviser for communications and strategy

Roger Runningen reported the story today for Bloomberg News, and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols has reported for some time that McDonough would most likely take one of the hardest jobs in Washington.

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