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Tom Daschle Withdraws His Nomination For HHS Secretary


Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for secretary of Health and Human Services after his failure to pay substantial taxes came to light. The former Senate majority leader did not pay $128,000 in taxes for a car service provided to him by a firm he did consulting for between 2005 and 2007. Daschle reported the unpaid taxes after being tapped for HHS secretary, and on Jan. 2 he paid $140,000 in back taxes and interest, but he still owes more.

Obama's nominees have been plagued with tax issues. This morning, Nancy Killefer, Obama's nominee for chief performance officer withdrew her candidacy after she failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help. And Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner managed to overcome the revelation that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes while working abroad for the International Monetary Fund.

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