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Ex-Romney Aide Joins MIT Physicist on Obama Short List

President Barack Obama is close to choosing two veteran Washington policymakers for top energy roles in his Cabinet who would continue many policies on clean energy and air-pollution curbs, according to people familiar with the decisions.

Physicist Ernest Moniz of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is Obama’s top candidate to run the Energy Department, and Gina McCarthy, an aide to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is the leading contender to head the Environmental Protection Agency, according to people familiar with the selection process.