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President Obama's choice to be America's first chief performance officer withdrew her candidacy Tuesday. At press time, it wasn't known if Nancy Killefer , an executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., would cite tax issues (she didn't pay taxes for household help) for pulling out. She is the third Obama appointee whose nomination has been complicated by tax problems.

On Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton's first full day as the new secretary of State, she met with the British and German foreign ministers in Washington to discuss Iran, among other issues. Diplomatic sources also said plans are being made for her first overseas trip in mid-February, to China, Japan, and South Korea.

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released early Tuesday morning after completing a 99-day jail term in a downtown facility. His attorney said his client was not bitter and had learned a lot from serving time for his text-messaging sex scandal. On Wednesday, Kilpatrick reportedly has a job interview with an unnamed company in Texas.

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