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Gary Samore, WMD czar

Speaking after a Council on Foreign Relations event Friday, Gary Samore, a Clinton-era NSC non-proliferation official, confirmed to The Cable reports that he has been asked to serve as coordinator for the prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism or "czar" overseeing an office of as many as 10 people for President Obama's National Security Council, but said he has not yet accepted the offer. He said that unlike how the (as yet nonexistent) position was recommended in 2007 Congressional legislation, the position would not be a post that requires Senate confirmation. Chris Nelson first reported that Samore was up for the position, and The Cable previously reported that Samore was up for a top NSC nonproliferation job and on the Obama transition's debates over the possible WMD coordinator position.

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Bush's PEPFAR director bows out

The Obama administration has accepted the resignation of Dr. Mark Dybul, President Bush's director of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), sources tell The Cable. "His office was packed up, he said goodybe to staff around 3:30, and seemed emotional," a department source said Thursday. "Eric Goosby is the rumored replacement."

Although Dybul had previously been reported to have been asked to stay on indefinitely, the Washington Blade reported Thursday that Obama "senior advisors were concerned about the negative reaction from some AIDS activists and reproductive rights groups to news that Dybul would be staying on. ... A number of AIDS and reproductive rights groups have urged Obama to replace Dybul with someone the groups see as more likely to change the Bush administration's insistence that at least some international AIDS relief funds be linked to abstinence-only programs."

A call to the White House was not returned. The Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator sent queries to the State Department, which did not immediately respond.

UPDATE: A State Department spokeswoman confirmed that Dybul was asked to submit his resignation and is no longer serving in that role.