Obama names McDonough as chief of staff
US President Barack Obama has made long-time foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough his new chief of staff.
Mr McDonough has played a key role in all of the major national security decisions of his presidency, including the end of the war in Iraq, winding down the war in Afghanistan and responses to natural disasters in Haiti and Japan.
He replaces Jack Lew, who has been nominated as Treasury Secretary.
Mr McDonough (43) is from an Irish-American family and has many relatives here.