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Door is closing on Clinton era

Another chapter of the Bill Clinton era ends today when the lights go out at his transition office. The former president's last official toehold in Washington served as a war room for his bumpy transition into private life.

Six months have passed since Clinton exclaimed on President Bush's Inauguration Day: "I left the White House, but I'm still here. We're not going anywhere."

But Clinton, politically if not personally, is leaving Washington.

He is headed to Harlem in New York City, the home of the permanent office of his post-presidency. The shutdown of the transition office, which the government provides to ex-presidents for six months, means Clinton's only haunt in the nation's capital will be the home purchased after his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, became a New York senator.

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