Tom Daschle Withdraws as Obama's Health Secretary Nominee

In a stunning setback for President Obama, Tom Daschle abruptly withdrew his nomination to become secretary of Health and Human Services today, following an admission that he failed to pay about $140,000 in back taxes. In a joint Obama-Daschle statement, Obama accepted Daschle's withdrawal "with sadness and regret." "Tom made a mistake, which he has openly acknowledged. He has not excused it, nor do I," Obama said. Daschle, a former Senate majority leader from South Dakota, who had been one...Full Story
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