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Hillary Clinton Adds John Podesta to Budding Campaign Staff

The adviser to President Obama and a chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton could play an integral role in Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, speaks during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, speaks during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

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The Clinton team is taking shape. 

John Podesta, a top Obama administration adviser, will leave the White House in early February to begin working for Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. White House spokesman Eric Schultz confirmed Podesta's February departure, and sources familiar with the discussions over Podesta's new role said he would likely be named the former Secretary of State's campaign manager, the Journal reported.