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4:45 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.
Discussion: The Politico, Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
The Huffington Post:   Dean Endorses Bill Daley, Rips Outgoing Obama Aides For ‘Contempt’
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Administration reverses on end-of-life counseling
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and National Review
Reuters:
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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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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
19 Democrats Oppose Pelosi's Bid for Speaker  —  House Democrats had a small uprising on their hands today, when 19 members cast protest votes against Nancy Pelosi, their caucus leader, to be speaker of the House.  —  Ms. Pelosi assuredly had no chance of being re-elected speaker, as Democrats are now in the minority.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:   Democratic staff passed out a press release to reporters …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Boehner Takes Gavel in House With Pledge to Bring Change
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Pelosi Faces 19 Defectors In Symbolic Speaker Vote
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
As Boehner Ascends, His Power Comes With Caveats
The Note:
John Boehner Poised to be Speaker With His Entire Extended Family Watching
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Wily old Dems take on whippersnapper Republicans
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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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.
CNN:
Tea Party leaders not swayed by Lugar meeting  —  Washington (CNN) - Hoping to head off a primary challenge from the right, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, sat down with Tea Party leaders last month but did little to persuade them of his conservative credentials.
Discussion: Ballot Box and National Review
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO BREAK KEY PROMISE ON DAY 1. …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Republicans Lower Goal for Cuts to Budget
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House Republicans back away from pledge to cut $100 billion from budget
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
Flip Flop Alert: Harry Reid on raising the debt ceiling in 2006 [VIDEO]
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Biting the Bullet on Majority Rule  —  Ruth Marcus says filibuster reformers should watch what we wish for: … This is the most frequent objection I hear to Senator Udall's proposal, but I don't think it makes sense.  The 113th Senate will change the rules to adopt a majority voting procedure …
Discussion: Washington Post and Right Turn
Aftenposten:
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Ezra Klein:
The incumbent's advantage  —  In theory, I'm the perfect customer for the Nissan Leaf.  I don't drive frequently.  I don't need a car with much space.  I never need to go farther than 100 miles at a time.  —  But the Nissan Leaf wouldn't work for me at all, as I don't own a garage …
Discussion: Slate
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party ID Drops in 2010, Tying 22-Year Low
Discussion: Right Turn
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
At Banks, New Fees Replacing Old Levies
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Rockefeller takes aim at EPA
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Brian Fitzpatrick / WorldNetDaily:
Now look who else is infiltrating CPAC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ben Nelson on filibuster: ‘The last thing we need to do is start changing rules’
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Millman / Ballot Box:
Dem senator: Congress should pursue alternatives to individual health mandate
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Ed Payne / CNN:
Is Alec Baldwin interested in political office? The answer is ‘yes’
Discussion: New York Magazine
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