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What's Next for Obama? The Veepstakes

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As the Obama ordination slowly takes shape across America this week -- cemented by Hillary Clinton's graceful exit -- the race for next in line will begin to supplant coverage of the Democratic quest to take over the White House.

Obama's Veepstakes team -- headed by staunch supporter Caroline Kennedy, former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson and former Clinton deputy attorney general Eric Holder, now an Obama legal adviser -- will consider a slew of potential Vice President's, whose main task will be to shore up any weaknesses in Obama's game en route to the presidency.

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Picking a VP has taken on a whole new significance in the wake of Dick Cheney, who greatly expanded the powers of second in command. Will a VP continue to set the agenda in the White House? Will they be relegated to leading good-will missions in Africa or will they help advise the president on important foreign policy matters while keeping the Senate in line?