President-elect Barack Obama plans to huddle with his national security team -- and key members of the current team -- today in Chicago.
Those at the session include Vice President-elect Joe Biden; Obama's choice for secretary of state, Hillary Clinton; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, whom Obama is keeping on; Attorney General nominee Eric Holder; Secretary of Homeland Security designee Janet Napolitano; the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen; United Nations ambassador designee Susan Rice; National Security Adviser designee Jim Jones; current Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell; White House chief of staff designee Rahm Emanuel; and White House counsel designee Greg Craig.
Later, Obama plans to formally announce his energy and environment team, headed by Nobel laureate Steven Chu as energy secretary and former Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol Browner as leader of a new White House council coordinating policy on climate change, energy, and environment.
At the press conference in Chicago, Obama is also sure to be asked, again, about any contacts between his staff and that of embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
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