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2:55 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: CNN and 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 …
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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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
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  —  TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — In a hypothetical field of 2012 Republican presidential candidates, the only one who would beat President Barack Obama is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, according to a new Zogby International poll.
Discussion: Paul Mulshine, Zogby and Weigel
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee's the best bet for now
Discussion: TPMDC, Talking Points Memo and GOP 12
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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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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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
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 …
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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Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Feds, DA offices open probe into botched blizzard cleanup: sources  —  The feds have opened a criminal investigation into allegations that city employees conspired to paralyze the city during last week's blizzard by failing to remove the snow, authorities confirmed today.
Discussion: CBS New York and JammieWearingFool
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NY Daily News:
NYC blizzard: Feds open criminal probe into alleged city worker …
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
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 …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Eric Cantor: Health Care Repeal Will Happen Because “It Was Litigated …
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Napolitano circumspect on Israeli air tips for U.S  —  (Reuters) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano played down on Tuesday prospects of adopting Israeli-style aviation security in response to protests at intrusive patdowns and screenings at American airports.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
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JTA:
Bibi sends Obama letter requesting Pollard release
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
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 …
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
Michael Theodoulou / Daily Mail:
Vulture tagged by Israeli scientists flies into Saudi Arabia ... and is arrested for being a spy  —  A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday.
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.
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
 
 
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John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea: Not the Time for Talks
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Women fighters willing to die for Gaza
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Bloomberg:
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David Corn / Politics Daily:
The House GOP Weaponizes the Constitution
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Andrew Bolt:
Shocked by the slaughter, Muslims blame the Jews instead
James Meikle / Guardian:
Gerry Rafferty dies aged 63
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
ABA Telling College Students: Don't Go To Law School
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Is Kathy Griffin Going Too Far Targeting 16-Year Old Willow Palin?