- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defense official says Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright no longer is in the running to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He long was thought the top candidate.

The official says President Obama told Gen. Cartwright over the weekend that he’s no longer being considered for the post as the nation’s top military officer and top military adviser to the president.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about internal administration discussions.

Gen. Cartwright, said to be one of Mr. Obama’s favorite officers, is now the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs. The president is looking for a successor to the current chairman, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, who retires this fall.

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