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Former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Health and Human Services, speaks to the media after a closed session meeting with the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Daschle withdraws nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services

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Updated 11:59 a.m.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest, Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination on Tuesday to be President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services secretary.

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