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In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, newly appointed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Daschle and President-elect Obama claim that the new administration will make healthcare an open and inclusive process for all, but will the struggling economy hurt Obama’s big plans for reform from the grassroots up? And how exactly do you get Americans behind it? CNN Special Correspondent Frank Sesno reports.
Plus: Local law enforcement code red to Barack Obama: Don’t let the nation’s economic woes force major cutbacks in federal funding to police. Crime may not be the nation’s most pressing concern at the moment, but already-strained state and local police departments say that further cuts may force the issue back to center stage. Justice Correspondent Kelli Arena has the details in a ‘Memo to the President.’
Also: Could Bill Clinton still be a hurdle between Hillary Clinton and her new job? As speculation continues over whether the former president will testify at his wife’s upcoming confirmation hearings, CNN’s Samantha Hayes investigates.
Finally: Barack Obama’s commitment to transparency is being put to the test, as questions mount over what’s taking the president-elect’s aides so long to produce a list of contacts with the office of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. CNN’s Elaine Quijano reports from Chicago.
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