Obama picks Leon Panetta to head CIA

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WASHINGTON – Two Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in the intelligence world. An Obama transition official and another Democrat disclosed his nomination on a condition of anonymity since it was not yet public.

Panetta was director of the Office of Management and Budget and a longtime congressman from California.

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Hey, what a surprise! Obama chooses a Clinton administration alum for a key post in his administration – I’m shocked – shocked, I tell you!

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