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2:25 PM ET, January 7, 2011

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Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs was forced out by new henchman William Daley  —  I wondered yesterday whether Robert Gibbs jumped or was pushed and noted that President Barack Obama's words indicated that it was “not an entirely voluntary departure”.  —  It's being reported by John King …
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?  —  Toby Harnden at the Telegraph says John King says that Gibbs got the boot because Daley didn't want him around: … I think I was one of the first to report on the pending White House shake-up back on December 9 on MSNBC, and again on FDL on December 20:
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell: William Daley pick a ‘hopeful sign’  —  Senate Minority Mitch McConnell called it a “hopeful sign” that there will soon be someone at the White House who knows how to run more than a “lemonade stand,” hailing President Barack Obama's pick for his new top aide, William Daley.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
At Obama White House, Back to the Future
The Note:
The Note: Will Obama Sink Or Swim In 2012?: Jobs Report Holds Clues
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
President Revs Up Campaign to Make Peace With Business
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 46% Favor, 40% Oppose Repealing Healthcare Law  —  Three-quarters of Republicans favor repeal; 64% of Democrats oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans do not strongly endorse the new Republican House majority's efforts to repeal the landmark healthcare legislation passed last year.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Buckle Up for Round 2  —  The health care reform law was signed 10 months ago, and what's striking now is how vulnerable it looks.  Several threats have emerged — some of them scarcely discussed before passage — that together or alone could seriously endanger the new system.  These include:
USA Today:
Gallup Poll: U.S. split on health care law repeal
New York Post:
Rudy gearing up for DC run  —  Confident that he'd have a chance to win, Rudy Giuliani is rounding up his top political advisers for a possible 2012 presidential run, sources tell Page Six.  —  Sources say the tough-talking former mayor “thinks the Republican race will be populated …
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Amelia Chasse / New Hampshire Journal:
Romney flexes muscle in first NH Primary poll while Palin and others lag behind
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Another CPAC Dust-Up Over Gays
Discussion: Weigel, TPMDC and Politics Daily
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report: Rudy Giuliani may run again
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Private Sector Improves Jobs Picture Only Moderately  —  The United States economy ended the year by adding 103,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department said Friday, a number that missed expectations.  In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent last month from 9.8 percent.
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Felix Salmon:
No good news for the long-term unemployed
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Expected
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
MA Supreme Court Deals Banks a Major Blow on Foreclosure Fraud, in the Ibanez Case  —  In a major ruling in the Massachusetts Supreme Court today, US Bank and Wells Fargo lost the “Ibanez case,” meaning that they don't have standing to foreclose due to improper mortgage assignment.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Levi's Vindication: The Self-Exposure Of Sarah Palin  —  As a long-standing Palin hysteric, I have to confess a mite less concern in 2011 than at any time since she has been farcically commanding the attention of the political class.  Not much has changed essentially: Palin's favorable ratings remain roughly where they have been.
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ABCNEWS:
Pawlenty: Sarah Palin Is a ‘Force of Nature’  —  Although former Gov. Tim Pawlenty no longer holds the executive seat in Minnesota, that doesn't mean he is hanging up his political hat for good.
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Parts of the Constitution inadvertently skipped in ‘historic reading’ on floor  —  The U.S. Constitution has still never been read in its entirety and in order on the House floor.  —  During Thursday morning's “historic reading,” one member apparently skipped Article 4 Section 4 and part …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Texas Omen  —  These are tough times for state governments.  Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas.  —  Wait — Texas?  Wasn't Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffered?  Didn't its governor declare …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
To House GOP, illegal immigration is a jobs issue  —  With Republicans now in control of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice Department officials are going to be answering a lot of questions in the next two years.  “We're going to start fast,” …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution fixing problem with missed swearing-in  —  The House has just approved H.Res. 26, which is meant to fix the problems created when two Republican members were not properly sworn in on Jan. 5.  —  The resolution was approved over Democratic objections in a 257-159 vote.
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Sumathi Reddy / Metropolis:
Church Leaders Blast NYC Abortion Numbers … Archbishop Timothy Dolan joined other religious leaders Thursday vowing to work to reduce the number of abortions in New York City.  —  Leaders of various faiths denounced figures that showed that 41% of pregnancies in the city were terminated in 2009.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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Mzielinska / CBS New York:
39 Percent Of NYC Pregnancies Result In Abortion
Doug / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: Sonny Bono's Widow - Rep. Mary Bono - In Lurid Photo Scandal With Woman Investigated By FBI  —  Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack has been caught on camera in a lurid scandal where another woman is apparently licking her breast.  —  RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the photo …
New York Times:
U.S. Sends Warning to People Named in Cable Leaks  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department is warning hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and businesspeople identified in leaked diplomatic cables of potential threats to their safety and has moved a handful …
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
White Flight  —  President Obama's path to a second term may rely on states shaped by the same social forces he embodies.  —  Right turn: Sen. Marco Rubio's supporters in Florida included many whites who voted for Obama in 2008.  —  By any standard, white voters' rejection of Democrats …
The Right Scoop:
Paul Ryan: I'll eat my tie if ObamaCare reduces the deficit  —  Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan called in to Mark Levin's radio show to clarify that there is no way that repealing ObamaCare will add to the deficit.  And it's because of all the gimmicks within the legislation …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Ryan hints at debt ceiling strategy
 
 
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Zeke Emanuel, Adviser On Health Reform, Leaves White House
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Cut Spending in Illinois?  Nah, We Will Just Raise Your Taxes-But You Won't Know It
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Junior Senate Dems want chairmen to face election by secret ballot