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Rahm to depart House this week

Rahm Emanuel will officially resign his seat in the House of Representatives Friday to join the Obama administration as chief of staff.

First Read has the text of an automated call Emanuel made to his constituents in Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District, as well as Emanuel’s letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The scandal-plagued governor has five days after the resignation to set a date for a special election.

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