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James Jones, National Security Adviser, To Resign

James Jones, National Security Adviser, in 2009. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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General James Jones, the President's National Security Adviser, is resigning. He will be replaced by Thomas E. Donilon, the principal deputy national security adviser. President Obama will make the announcement today, reports NPR's Ari Shapiro.

Jones departure had long been rumored, but seems quicker than originally thought. It is yet another high-profile departure from the president's team recently. Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel left last Friday to run for Mayor of Chicago. Lawrence Summers, the Director of the National Economic Council, also left in the past few weeks.

Two years is often how long people serve in the White House, a burn out job to say the least. People who work there say it is an unforgiving pace, with long hours, high stress, and little time for family.

There has also been speculation that Robert Gibbs, the White House Spokesman, will leave that post to become head of the Democratic National Committee.

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