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3:40 AM ET, January 6, 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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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Gibbs: Senator Obama Only Voted Against Raising Debt Ceiling in 2006 Because He Knew It Would Pass Anyway  —  On Sunday, President Obama's top economic adviser, Council of Economic Advisers chair Austan Goolsbee, cautioned members of Congress not to “play chicken” by voting against raising …
Adrienne LaFrance / Civil Beat:
Obama's Winter White House an Illegal Rental
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Tammy Bruce
New York Times:
Obama Turning to Experienced Hands as He Remakes Staff
Discussion: Economix
The Huffington Post:
Dean Endorses Bill Daley, Rips Outgoing Obama Aides For ‘Contempt’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
msnbc.com:
Conversations sparked by photojournalism
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Howard Dean endorses Daley for chief of staff, rips White House
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Obama to Visit Chamber on Feb. 7
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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CNN:
Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds  —  Editor's note: Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with the author of the discredited study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, on “AC360°” at 10 p.m. ET tonight.  —  (CNN) — A now-retracted British study that linked autism …
Discussion: AOL News, Gawker and Hit & Run
Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
Republicans to Spend $1.1 Million Reciting Constitution on House Floor  —  As we reported this morning, House Republicans will kick-start the 112th Congress tomorrow with a spirited recitation of the Constitution, a document whose recent relevance is due largely to the ideological and sartorial interests of the Tea Party.
Discussion: Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
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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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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann considering White House bid, aides say
Discussion: PostPartisan and Right Pundits
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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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Steve King unveils birthright bill  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) isn't wasting any time with his immigration agenda, dropping a bill on the first day of Congress that goes after birthright citizenship.  —  King's measure would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, ending automatic citizenship for anyone born in the country.
Cubachi:
Palin effective again: Death panels removed from medicare regulation  —  Sarah Palin's effective usage of pinpointing in few words what Obamacare is all about has ringed across the mainstream media and conservatives across the country.  —  I remember when there were a few conservatives …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Liberty Pundits Blog
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ben Nelson on filibuster: ‘The last thing we need to do is start changing rules’
New York Post:
‘Nuclear’ games
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Hill
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 …
Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
Julian Assange's sex-crime accusers deserve to be named  —  The shielding of sex-crime accusers is a Victorian relic.  Women are moral adults and should be treated as such  —  As Swedish prosecutors' sex-crime allegations against Julian Assange play out, one aspect of the case merits serious scrutiny.
Christian Science Monitor:
Could you pass a US citizenship test?  —  In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test.  American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs …
John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
Granite Status Exclusive: Santorum hires Mike Biundo to head his PAC in NH  —  WEDNESDAY UPDATE: THE FIRST 2012 HIRING.  Mike Biundo, the veteran Manchester conservative political strategist who guided Frank Guinta's campaigns for mayor of the state's largest city and then for the U.S. House …
Tim Kane / The Atlantic Online:
Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving  —  Why are so many of the most talented officers now abandoning military life for the private sector?  An exclusive survey of West Point graduates shows that it's not just money.  Increasingly, the military is creating a command structure that rewards conformism and ignores merit.
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 …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Pentagon Is Poised to Cancel Marine Landing Craft  —  It was supposed to be a tank that swims, a new way for the Marines to storm hostile beaches.  —  But as military budgets come under pressure, the 38-ton landing craft that turns into an assault vehicle seems destined to be the next bit of high-tech wizardry to bite the dust.
Discussion: Danger Room and SWJ Blog
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Billionaire David Koch Entertains Newly Elected Republicans On The First Day Of The New Congress  —  Today, as Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was sworn in as the Speaker of the House for the 112th Congress, ThinkProgress witnessed a group of Koch Industries lobbyists entering the Capitol along …
Discussion: The Reid Report
 
 
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Ed Whelan / National Review:
Reinhardt's Non-Disqualification Memorandum—Part 1
Discussion: Power Line and Box Turtle Bulletin
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
“Daily Show”: Meet the moron who got San Francisco to ban Happy Meals
Discussion: Hit & Run
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
Court: No warrant needed to search cell phone
New York Times:
Morocco Says It Foiled Terror Cell in Sahara
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Nick Rowe / Worthwhile Canadian Initiative:
Robots, slaves, horses, and Malthus
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
JOY BEHAR WONDERS IF ‘CONSTITUTION-LOVING IS GETTING OUT OF HAND’
Discussion: protein wisdom
New York Times:
China's Push to Modernize Military Is Bearing Fruit
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
O'Donnell's Lawyer Says Campaign Records to Be Amended
Discussion: Politics Daily and Wonkette
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party ID Drops in 2010, Tying 22-Year Low
Discussion: Politics Daily and Right Turn
Michael Klein / Philly.com:
Trial set for firing over use of ‘n’ word
Discussion: Vox Popoli and protein wisdom
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Post-Midterm Approval Ratings Don't Predict Re-Election Chances
Paul Krugman:
Fiscal Shock  —  I see that the Washington Post editorial board …