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Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to leave the White House tomorrow to campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Other key aides are departing as well. What will that mean for the Obama Administration, relations with Congress and public perception? Also, McDonald’s balks at healthcare reform, and Alberto Contador, this year's winner of the Tour de France is accused of doping. Previous winner Lance Armstrong faces another investigation.

Banner image: President-elect Barack Obama stands with his Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel at a news conference on December 16, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Ralf-Finn Hestoft-Pool/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott
Karen Radziner

Making News McDonald's Balks at Healthcare Reform 7 MIN, 37 SEC

McDonald's, the fast food empire, has denied a report in the Wall Street Journal that it might drop health coverage for 30,000 workers unless regulators waive a new requirement that's part of healthcare reform. Jonathan Cohn is Senior Editor at The New Republic magazine.

Guests:
Jonathan Cohn, New Republic (@CitizenCohn)

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Jonathan Cohn

Main Topic Obama and Emanuel: Great Team or a Mismatch? 35 MIN, 21 SEC

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is stepping down, and Rahm Emanuel wants the job. President Obama is expected to announce his Chief of Staff's departure tomorrow. Emanuel has been the "get-it-done insider" to Obama's "visionary outsider," praised for legislative successes and scapegoated for defeats. But along the way, Emanuel has angered conservative Republicans, who think Obama has gone too far, and alienated liberal Democrats who say he hasn't gone far enough. Will his departure unite a divided White House?  Who will be next?  What are his chances at home in Chicago?

Guests:
Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)
Ari Berman, The Nation magazine (@AriBerman)
Dana Milbank, Washington Post (@Milbank)
Dick Simpson, former Chicago Alderman

Herding Donkeys

Ari Berman

Reporter's Notebook Three-time Tour de France Winner Suspended after Doping Test 7 MIN, 18 SEC

At a news conference today near Madrid, Alberto Contador denied he tested positive for a banned substance on July 21, the day he won this year's Tour de France. The International Cycling Union says it told the Spanish cyclist about his test results about a month after the Tour. He says he failed to disclose it sooner because he didn't want cycling's image to be damaged. Why was the announcement so long in coming? Will he lose his title? Why are Lance Armstrong's friends and colleagues being called before a Los Angeles grand jury? Neal Rogers is Managing Editor of VeloNews.

Guests:
Neal Rogers, Managing Editor, VeloNews

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