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As President Obama prepared to assume office earlier this month, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Mark R. Dybul—-a W. appointee—-circulated a memo saying that the president-elect’s transition team had asked him to stay on “temporarily.” On Jan. 22, Dybul found out what “temporary” meant—-a little under two weeks. Last week, the scene at Dybul’s office was an “emotional goodbye” after what Hillary Clinton‘s staff deemed a “resignation”; by the next day, rumors were circling about who would replace Dybul—-and the real reason for his unceremonious exit. Today’s New York Times piece on the speculation behind the employment scuffle, by Donald G. McNeil Jr., is worth reading in full, free from the oppressive summarizing of this blog aggregation.