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Friday
Jan252013

Obama to Name Denis McDonough as His New Chief of Staff

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday will introduce Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff, according to a White House official.

The president will make the announcement at 12:10 p.m. ET in the East Room of the White House.

McDonough will replace Jack Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary.  If confirmed by the Senate, Lew will replace outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the longest-serving member of Obama's economic team.

McDonough has been a top Obama foreign policy advisor since the early days of his 2008 presidential campaign.  He is one of those seen in the White House photo watching the Osama bin Laden raid unfold from the Situation Room with the president and his senior national security advisors.

For those counting, McDonough would be Obama’s fifth chief of staff.  Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daly, Pete Rouse (interim) and Jack Lew all served in the same position.

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Thursday
Jan172013

Denis McDonough to Be Obama's New Chief of Staff?

The White House | Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough is the likely choice to be President Obama’s next chief of staff, replacing Jack Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary.

White House officials say the president has not made a final decision, but informed sources say they expect McDonough will be chosen.  

As ABC News reported last week, the other candidate under consideration has been Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.

McDonough has been a top Obama foreign policy advisor since the early days of his 2008 presidential campaign.  He is one of those seen in the White House photo watching the Osama bin Laden raid unfold from the Situation Room with the president and his senior national security advisors.

For those counting, McDonough would be Obama’s fifth chief of staff. Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daly, Pete Rouse (interim) and Jack Lew all served in the same position.

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Monday
Mar072011

White House Praises Muslims for Aiding Fight Against Terrorism

Comstock/Thinkstock(STERLING, Va.) -- The White House commended Muslim Americans Sunday for their role in fighting violent extremism, just days before the House plans hearings to investigate the “radicalization” of the U.S. Muslim community.

“The most effective voices against al Qaeda’s warped worldview and interpretation of Islam are other Muslims,” Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough said at an interfaith forum held at a Northern Virginia Muslim community center Sunday night.

McDonough praised the members of the community for taking “an unequivocal stand against terrorism” and was adamant that the U.S. does not practice “guilt by association.”

“You’ve condemned terrorism around the world against people of other faiths…In so doing, you’ve sent a message that those who perpetrate such horrific attacks do not represent you or your faith, and that they will not succeed in pitting believers of different faiths against one another,” he said.

McDonough’s comments come as Rep. Peter King, R-NY, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, plans to hold a hearing Thursday on the "Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community's Response."

Earlier Sunday, King reiterated warnings that "something from within" the Muslim community is a threat to America and needs to be explored.

"We're talking about al Qaeda.  We're talking about the affiliates of al Qaeda who have been radicalizing, and there's been self-radicalization going on within the Muslim community, within a very small minority, but it's there.  And that's where the threat is coming from at this time,” King told CNN.

Critics say the hearings risk demonizing the Muslim community by targeting one faith over another.  While McDonough did not mention King or his hearings directly, he made it clear that “to protect our nation, we will not stigmatize or demonize entire communities because of the actions of a few.”

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