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Donilon not interested; signs point to Rouse as interim chief of staff

With Rahm Emanuel's departure imminent as White House chief of staff, the focus has been on a handful of short-listers inside the administration.

But at least two of them -- Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and White House counsel and longtime Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer -- have signaled they are not interested in the job. Donilon may be hoping to be elevated to National Security Adviser in the event Gen. James Jones departs, which is widely expected.

Democratic sources also expect Senior Adviser Pete Rouse to be named interim chief of staff, but no decision is final. Rouse was chief of staff to Barack Obama when he was a senator.

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