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Analysis: Geithner's planned departure puts Obama in tough spot

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) walks off stage with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner after speaking about his meeting on infrastructure investment, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington in this October 11, 2010 file photo. Geithner's plans to leave near the end of January 2013 put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) walks off stage with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner after speaking about his meeting on infrastructure investment, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington in this October 11, 2010 file photo. Geithner's...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) walks off stage with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner after speaking about his meeting on infrastructure investment, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington in this October 11, 2010 file photo. Geithner's plans to leave near the end of January 2013 put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks at the Institute of International Finance (IIF)'s annual meeting in Tokyo in this October 11, 2012 file photo. Geithner's plans to leave near the end of January 2013 put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks at the Institute of International Finance (IIF)'s annual meeting in Tokyo in this October 11, 2012 file photo. Geithner's plans to leave near the end of January 2013 put the White House in a tricky...more

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks at the Institute of International Finance (IIF)'s annual meeting in Tokyo in this October 11, 2012 file photo. Geithner's plans to leave near the end of January 2013 put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files
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