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EPA administrator Lisa Jackson steps down

10:37 AM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
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The pre-second term exodus from the Obama administration continued Thursday with the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.

In a statement, Jackson said she is "confident the ship is sailing in the right direction" after nearly four years as EPA administrator, and she is looking forward to new challenges.

The Associated Press reports that "Jackson's tenure was marked by high-profile brawls with industry and congressional Republicans over such issues a global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline and new controls on coal-fired plants."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has also announced she is leaving ahead of President Obama's second term, which begins Jan. 20. The president has nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Clinton's replacement.

Obama may also have to soon replace Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and probably other officials.

Turnover is not unusual between a president's first and second terms.

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