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1:40 AM ET, January 5, 2011

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Washington Post:
Obama weighs major reshuffling of staff  —  As President Obama returns from Hawaii, he is weighing a major reshuffling of his staff that could see as many as eight people playing new key roles in the weeks ahead, Democrats familiar with the process said.  —  Obama has been mulling for months …
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The Politico:
White House shakeup could mean Gibbs' exit  —  Administration officials — who long denied that President Barack Obama was planning a major housecleaning in the wake of the disastrous 2010 midterms — aren't pushing back anymore.  —  Senior adviser David Axelrod has already announced his departure …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Watchdog fired by Obama loses appeals case  —  A three-judge panel rejected appeals Tuesday by Gerald Walpin, a former federal watchdog fired by President Obama in 2009, likely ending his attempts to get back his old job.  —  Walpin was appointed inspector general for the agency overseeing …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner fires back at Dem senators with vow to push forward with repeal  —  Incoming House Speaker John Boehner's office (R-Ohio) pointedly vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with legislation repealing healthcare reform.  —  Boehner's office responded to a letter sent by the Senate's top five Democrats …
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Wall Street Journal:
New Speaker Vows to Share Power—a Tricky Proposition  —  When John Boehner takes over one of the most powerful jobs in Washington this week, he says his first order of business is to make himself less powerful.  —  On Wednesday the new speaker of the House of Representatives plans to offer …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Boehner working behind-the-scenes for RNC candidate
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and Ballot Box
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Theater Audience Boos Tea Party Billionaire David Koch  —  David Koch masks his role as one of the top financiers of the Tea Party movement and pro-polluter front groups by loudly tacking his name to more laudable charities, like the New York city ballet.  Koch, who has professed his devotion to …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Boehner Ascends, His Power Comes With Caveats
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Weigel / Weigel:
Eric Cantor: Health Care Repeal Will Happen Because “It Was Litigated …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Republicans Lower Goal for Cuts to Budget  —  WASHINGTON — Many people knowledgeable about the federal budget said House Republicans could not keep their campaign promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending in a single year.  Now it appears that Republicans agree.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:   Congress to Return With G.O.P. Vowing to Alter Rules
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Plans To Implement The ‘Demon Pass’ They Once Decried
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Santorum Takes Aim at Romney, Palin  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., at a Capitol Hill coffee shop, trying to give a jolt to his presidential ambitions.  —  Rick Santorum the senator didn't shy from controversy.  Apparently, neither will Rick Santorum the presidential candidate.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and GOP 12
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Nathan Frandino / CBS New York:
Poll: Christie Ahead Of Obama Among GOP Hopefuls
Discussion: Paul Mulshine and Weigel
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee's the best bet for now
Discussion: TPMDC, Talking Points Memo and GOP 12
Fox Nation:
Speaker Pelosi Leaves With a Whopper  —  At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us.  It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go.”  —  The numbers tell a different story.  —  When the Pelosi Democrats took control …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Speaker Pelosi's Final Insult: “Deficit Reduction Has Been a High Priority” (Video)
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
New York Times:
With New Heart Pump, Cheney Resumes Old Life  —  By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR  —  WASHINGTON — A few days before Christmas, former Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from several months of a self-imposed political sabbatical to headline a fund-raiser for Maria Cino …
Marc Schultz / Publishers Weekly:
Upcoming NewSouth ‘Huck Finn’ Eliminates the ‘N’ Word  —  Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic by most any measure—T.S. Eliot called it a masterpiece, and Ernest Hemingway pronounced it the source of “all modern American literature.”  Yet, for decades …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. King blasts critics, defends hearing on homegrown terror  —  The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee lambasted The New York Times on Tuesday while defending his planned hearings on the radicalization of Muslims living in the U.S.  —  Two days after the Times questioned …
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Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Prop 8: 9th Circuit Appears Ready to Grant Proponents Standing to Appeal  —  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a “ruling” of sorts on the appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional*.  The “ruling” was actually a certification of a question …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin re-tweet raises questions  —  (CNN) - Normally, it's what Sarah Palin tweets that makes news.  This time it's what she has re-tweeted.  —  The former Alaska governor Monday relayed a comment from gay conservative pundit Tammy Bruce, who was expressing her criticism …
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Tammy Bruce:
A Few Brief Thoughts on a Sarah Palin ReTweet
David Corn / Politics Daily:
The House GOP Weaponizes the Constitution … On Thursday, Capitol Hill Republicans, a day after taking control of the House, intend to read the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives.  This is, of course, a stunt designed to position the GOPers as the party that really …
Discussion: AOL News, Don Surber and sisu
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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
National security isn't on the agenda of the new Republican Congress.
Discussion: Eunomia and AmSpecBlog
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Keep Your Laws Off My Body  —  I'm something of a product of my times.  In the 1980s and 1990s I heard a lot of putatively honest liberals insist that the one zone of life that was absolutely sacrosanct was our own bodies.  The state simply had no business getting involved in “our bodies.”
Discussion: alicublog
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Senator Barack Obama Explaining his 2006 Vote Against Raising the Debt Limit  —  From Sen. Obama's Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:  —  The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills.
Discussion: Power Line and The Sundries Shack
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
A power grab that the GOP avoided  —  When the 112th Congress convenes Wednesday, some of us will be thinking back to a vote that occurred 15 years earlier to the day.  Just two months after securing a congressional majority for the first time in 40 years, Republicans strode into the Senate chamber …
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Glenn Beck dropped by New York's WOR radio station over poor ratings, replaced by Mike Gallagher  —  Glenn Beck may be one of the hottest talk show hosts in the country, but he apparently left New York's WOR cold.  —  WOR (710 AM), one of the city's two biggest talk radio stations …
Rasmussen Reports:
Importance of Issues  —  Voter Concern About Economy Hits Highest Level In Over Two Years  —  With a new Congress scheduled to swing into action this week, the number of voters who rate the economy as a Very Important issue has reached its highest level since early August 2008.
WSVN-TV:
Man charged with killing 2  —  MIAMI (WSVN) — A man confessed to murdering two men after he was arrested for burglary.  —  Miami-Dade Police arrested 21-year-old Matthew Guzman, who was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.  —  According to police, Guzman shot …
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Is Kathy Griffin Going Too Far Targeting 16-Year Old Willow Palin?  —  Kathy Griffin was booed by U.S. troops when she made “fat jokes” about Bristol Palin at a Dec. 4, 2010 VH1 event.  (Reuters)  —  Kathy Griffin announced her New Year's resolution to continue a verbal assault on the Palin family.
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Defending Senate Filibuster, Heritage Hosts Corporate Lobbyists Who Specialize In Holding Up Legislation  —  In response to Sen. Tom Udall's (D-NM) bipartisan attempt to reform the Senate, today the Heritage Foundation will host an event in defense of the Senate filibuster.
 
 
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Navy Captain Loses Command Because of Videos
Paula Hancocks / CNN:
Women fighters willing to die for Gaza
Discussion: Informed Comment
Haaretz:
Saudi Arabia ‘nabbed Israeli-tagged vulture for being Mossad spy’
Bloomberg:
Five Biggest Lenders May Be First to Settle Foreclosure Probe, Iowa Says
Andrew Bolt:
Shocked by the slaughter, Muslims blame the Jews instead
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JTA:
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