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6:55 PM ET, January 5, 2011

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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Gibbs to Leave as White House Press Secretary  —  Updated Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary and close confidante to President Obama, said Wednesday that he will step down and become an outside political adviser to the president and his re-election campaign.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Howard Dean endorses Daley for chief of staff, rips White House  —  Former DNC chairman and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said Wednesday that William Daley would be a “huge plus” for the Obama administration if he is tapped to be the president's new chief of staff.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Howard Dean on Tea Party: ‘Last Gasp of the 55-Year-Old Generation’  —  Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning, former Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Dr. Howard Dean shared his thoughts on the Tea Party.
The Huffington Post:   Dean Endorses Bill Daley, Rips Outgoing Obama Aides For ‘Contempt’
Ezra Klein:
A very smart speech by Speaker Boehner  —  If you spent the afternoon watching C-SPAN, as I did, you heard applause.  A lot of it.  Over and over again.  And when John Boehner took the podium to be sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives, it swelled back up, and stayed there.
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Ezra Klein:
Repealing health-care reform would cost hundreds of billions of dollars — and Eric Cantor knows it  —  House Republicans are in a pickle: One of their new rules says that new legislation must be paid for.  But the health-care bill reduces the federal deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
New team, same rules
The Politico:
19 Democrats vote against Nancy Pelosi  —  Nearly 20 Democrats abandoned their party's pick for speaker of the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a sign of their concerns about supporting the unpopular former speaker and of the difficulty she will have in marshaling her forces …
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
19 Democrats Oppose Pelosi's Bid for Speaker
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Wily old Dems take on whippersnapper Republicans
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:   Democratic staff passed out a press release to reporters …
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Pelosi Faces 19 Defectors In Symbolic Speaker Vote
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, reversing course, will revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical examinations covered under the new health care law, administration officials said Tuesday.
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New York Times:
Pomp, and Little Circumstance  —  A theatrical production of unusual pomposity will open on Wednesday when Republicans assume control of the House for the 112th Congress.  A rule will be passed requiring that every bill cite its basis in the Constitution.  A bill will be introduced to repeal the health care law.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Administration reverses on end-of-life counseling
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and National Review
John R. Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: President Michele Bachmann?  —  Sources: Tea Party Favorite Is Mulling a Presidential Bid in 2012  —  Forget the fervent chatter speculating that Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann is considering launching a campaign to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar for the Minnesota U.S. Senate seat …
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann mum on presidential run
Discussion: MinnPost and The Note
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Michele Bachmann for President?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sean Higgins / Investor's Business Daily:
Hoyer: Tea Party People Come From Unhappy Families  —  On the eve of his demotion by voters from House Majority Leader to House Minority Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Hoyer offered this insight into the psychology of the Tea Party movement: … So, there you have it.
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CNN:
Tea Party leaders not swayed by Lugar meeting
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Here it is: The filibuster reform package!  —  Here's a copy of the filibuster reform resolution that Senate Democrats will introduce later today, sent over by an aide to Tom Udall, one of the key Senators driving this campaign.  —  While the broad outlines of the proposal were already public …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Biting the Bullet on Majority Rule
Discussion: Washington Post and Right Turn
Henri Paget / ninemsn:
KFC employee screams insults at customer  —  A worker at a KFC restaurant in Sydney has been suspended after he was filmed screaming vicious insults and threatening to attack a customer.  —  The violent outburst happened at a Halal-friendly KFC in Punchbowl on December 26 …
Philly.com:
Man found in landfill tied to arson attempt  —  Source: John P. Wheeler 3d planted incendiary devices at a neighbor's home in Del. days before his disappearance.  —  Police in Delaware have discovered evidence that a former Pentagon aide may have been involved in an attempted arson days before his murder …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Post-Midterm Approval Ratings Don't Predict Re-Election Chances  —  Barack Obama got some good news to start his new year: his Gallup approval rating ticked up to 50 percent yesterday, against 42 percent disapproval.  That's the first time it has been at the 50 percent threshold since early June.
Paul Krugman:
Fiscal Shock  —  I see that the Washington Post editorial board is shocked, shocked to discover that the incoming Republicans aren't serious about deficit reduction.  Who could have suspected?  —  I was going to be snarky all the way here, but actually let's be serious …
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
WikiLeaks: ‘Voluptuous’ nurse cable costs diplomat his job  —  WASHINGTON — In what appears to be the first diplomatic casualty from the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to Libya has returned to Washington and is likely to leave his post, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Aftenposten:
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Mulvaney, Against Raising Debt Ceiling, Admits He Doesn't ‘Know’ What Will Happen If It Isn't Raised  —  In recent weeks, a number of high-profile Republicans have stated their intention to vote against any increase to the U.S. debt limit.  From Sen. Mike Lee (UT) to Rep. Michelle Bachmann …
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Obama administration reorganizes health bureaucracy  —  The Obama administration will reorganize and expand its infrastructure for health reform implementation, POLITICO has learned.  —  The Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, a new division created shortly after the passage …
Political Correction RSS:
GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan: “I Can't Tell You The Answer” To Specific Spending Cuts  —  3 hours and 30 minutes ago — Matt Finkelstein  —  This morning on NBC, incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) discussed the spending cuts that Republicans plan to enact in the new Congress.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party ID Drops in 2010, Tying 22-Year Low  —  Democrats still outnumber Republicans, while independent identification increases  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In 2010, 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, down five percentage points from just two years ago and tied …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Right Turn
USA Today:
‘Earmarks’ to nowhere: States losing billions  —  WASHINGTON — Almost 13 years ago, Rep. David McIntosh, R-Ind., directed $375,000 in federal funding “to improve State Road 31” in Columbus, Ind., a city at the edge of his district.  —  The McIntosh “earmark” seemed routine at the time …
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
O'Donnell's Lawyer Says Campaign Records to Be Amended  —  Christine O'Donnell's lawyer has told the Federal Election Commission that she is reviewing the campaign's spending records and will file any fixes to them by the end of this month.  —  Cleta Mitchell, a top Republican elections attorney …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Wonkette
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Huffing and Puffing  —  Reminiscent of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Arianna Huffington is being sued by two political consultants, Peter Daou and James Boyce, who claim a critical role in creating her top-ranked Web site, the Huffington Post.  So what exactly happened in the fall of 2004 when Huffington …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
The Constitution is dead.  Long live the Constitution.  —  Every patriotic fiber of my body tells me that reading the Constitution aloud at the commencement of congressional sessions is a good idea.  Heck, a pop quiz might even be in order.  It is vital that members of Congress fully immerse themselves …
Discussion: Cold Fury
 
 
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Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
Julian Assange's sex-crime accusers deserve to be named | Naomi Wolf
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama to address U.S. Chamber
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
China Rolls Out Its First Stealth Aircraft
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Michael Klein / Philly.com:
Trial set for firing over use of ‘n’ word
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New York Post:
‘Nuclear’ games
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Betsy's Page and The Hill
The Politico:
Priority no. 1: Pass long-term budget plan
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Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
At Banks, New Fees Replacing Old Levies
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Rockefeller takes aim at EPA
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 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Warrantless cell phone search gets a green light in California
Discussion: Hit & Run, L.A. NOW and The Informer
Chicago Tribune:
Don't repeal health care law
Discussion: The Reid Report and Politics Daily
The Huffington Post:
Fed Moves To Gut Predatory Lending Regulation
Ezra Klein:
The incumbent's advantage  —  In theory, I'm the perfect customer for the Nissan Leaf.
Discussion: Slate