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This March 6, 2011 file photo shows then-Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough speaking in Sterling, Va. The White House says President Barack Obama has picked the now-top national security aide Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Obama chooses foreign policy aide as chief of staff

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BY NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen longtime trusted adviser and national security expert Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff.

A White House official said Obama will announce McDonough's appointment Friday in the East Room. McDonough, 43, will take over the key West Wing role from Jack Lew, Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary.

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