Tom Daschle withdraws from consideration for HHS Secretary amid controversy over taxes and large earnings from government-regulated industries. President Obama’s pick for chief performance officer also withdraws over tax problems, but Timothy Geithner has been confirmed as Treasury Secretary despite problems of his own. A discussion on what Obama promised to do to clean up government, his record so far, and what’s in the public’s best interest.


  • Melanie Sloan Executive director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • Norman Ornstein Is resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; coauthor with Thomas Mann of "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track."
  • Ceci Connolly Reporter, The Washington Post.

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