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6:15 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Jay Carney named White House press secretary  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
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The Fix:
White House picks Jay Carney as new press secretary  —  President Obama has chosen Jay Carney to serve as his new press secretary, replacing longtime loyalist Robert Gibbs who is leaving his post in mid February, according to a senior Administration official.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama Taps Jay Carney for Press Secretary, DeParle and Mastromonaco as Deputy Chiefs of Staff  —  President Obama has selected Jay Carney, current communications director for the Vice President, as Robert Gibbs' replacement as White House press secretary, sources tell ABC News.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Bill Daley's email to staff
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:   Carney to Be Named White House Press Secretary
Newsweek:
White House to Push Gun Control
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mike Pence announcement expected today  —  Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) is expected to announce late Thursday whether he is running for president, POLITICO has learned.  —  The announcement will appear first in The Indianapolis Star, an aide said.  —  Pence has been deliberating over his political future …
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Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
Mike Pence's Mom Says He'll Announce Tomorrow  —  Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is trying to decide whether to run for president or governor of his home state.  —  Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is set to announce a decision on his political future on Friday, according to his mother …
Aharding / CNN:
Pence rules out bid for president  —  (CNN) - Three sources close to Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana tell CNN they are told he will announce he is not running for president in 2012 and will instead begin exploring a run for governor.  —  These sources say he has been flattered …
Tricia Miller / Roll Call:
Pence to Announce He's Not Running for President
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Was that plagiarism in Obama's State of the Union?  —  Writing a major political speech like Tuesday's Obama State of the Union Address is an extremely complex undertaking typically lasting weeks and involving contributions from dozens of people by the end of the prose assembly process …
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Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Palin on Obama's ‘Winning the Future’: WTF Is a ‘Spot On’ Abbreviation
Discussion: TigerHawk
Newt Gingrich / Yahoo! News:
Opinion: Gingrich's take on Obama's vision
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Hill
Adam Sorensen / The Page:
O, Mark Salter!!  —  McCain wordsmith revealed as “anonymous” author of “O” the novel.  —  Confirmed by sources, but there were lots of in-plain-sight clues that led to Salter's Maine door.  —Simon and Schuster topper Jonathan Karp was Salter's editor on books he did with Senator McCain.
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Revealed: Former McCain Aide is Anonymous Author of ‘O: A Presidential Novel’
Discussion: Salon, The Fix and The Other McCain
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
‘WTF?’  Sarah Palin Thinks The USSR Won The Space Race?  (VIDEO)  —  Sarah Palin thinks President Barack Obama needs a history lesson on the space race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.  —  “He needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the communist U.S.S.R …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin: WTF was a perfect theme for the SOTU
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Sputnik and Spudnuts: WTF Was Sarah Palin Talking About?
Discussion: PERRspectives
Aharding / CNN:
DeMint open to 2012 presidential bid, advisers say  —  Washington (CNN) - News that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will travel to Iowa on March 26 to address a conservative forum organized by Rep. Steve King is sparking another round of chatter that DeMint might launch a dark horse bid for the White House in 2012.
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
4th senator joins Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Robert Costa / National Review:
Russo: Tea Party Express Will Not Challenge Hatch in 2012 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sens. Paul, Vitter introduce citizenship resolution  —  Two Republican senators are introducing a resolution that would end the constitutional right to citizenship that comes with being born on U.S. soil.  —  Rand Paul (Ky.) and David Vitter (La.) are introducing a resolution this week …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Paul and Vitter Introduce Birthright Citizenship Resolution
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell swear off changes to filibuster  —  The top Democrat and top Republican in the Senate agreed Thursday to swear off seeking major changes to rules in the chamber in this Congress — and the next one.  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced a series of rules changes …
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
SOTU not exceptionalist enough?  —  If there's one thing President Obama did go on about a bit about in the State of the Union, it was American exceptionalism — as the National Journal's Ron Fournier noted at some length.  —  Two who didn't entirely notice were Speaker John Boehner and Kathleen Parker.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Saying retirement age needed to be raised was ‘mistake’  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he “made a mistake” when he suggested raising the retirement age to 70 last year.  —  The Speaker indicated he was premature in suggesting raising the legal age at which retirees …
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BBC:
Uganda gay rights activist David Kato killed  —  David Kato led condemnation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill  —  A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who last year sued a local newspaper which outed him as homosexual has been beaten to death, activists say.  —  Police have confirmed the death …
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Daily Mail:
Airport bans toy soldier's three-inch rifle from plane... because it's a safety threat  —  Airport officials ordered a holidaymaker carrying a toy soldier onto a plane to remove its three-inch gun - because it was a safety threat.  —  Ken Lloyd was stunned when he was told he could not go on the plane …
Josh White / Washington Post:
Snow gridlock traps commuters for up to 13 hours  —  Stuck.  —  On the George Washington Parkway.  On 16th Street NW.  Interstate 66, too.  —  Buses, cars, people - just plain stuck as snow, sleet and ice covered roadways and knocked down trees across the region, turning the evening commute into a seemingly endless nightmare.
Bloomberg:
Obama Poised to Intensify U.S. Criticism of Egypt's Mubarak  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — The White House is prepared to step up its criticism of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a key Middle East ally, if his government intensifies its crackdown on protesters, said an administration official.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jon Huntsman's Inner Circle  —  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is seriously considering a run for president in 2012.  —  U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (R) appears to be leaning toward a run for president in 2012 and a team of political operatives and fundraisers have begun informal talks …
Discussion: GOP 12, Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
In Panel's Report, Stern Warning on Repeating Financial Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — The blow-by-blow chronicle of regulatory failure and Wall Street recklessness released Thursday by a Congressional commission amounts to a scathing warning to the government about ways to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis.
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Reuters:
Goldman Sachs Got Billions From AIG For Its Own Account, Crisis Panel Finds
Los Angeles Times:
Better off bankrupt  —  States should have the option of bankruptcy protection to deal with their budget crises.  —  During the 2008 financial crisis, the federal government reacted in a frantic, ad hoc fashion, tapping taxpayers for bailouts galore, running roughshod over the rights …
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert  —  EXCLUSIVE: A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.  —  The book, “In Memory of Our Martyrs,” was spotted Tuesday …
CNN:
CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape  —  Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers.  For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer” tonight starting at 5 p.m. ET.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Raw Story and Shakesville
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Initial jobless claims jump 51,000
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jim Moran: Racism fueled Democrats' midterm losses
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Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Egypt's new Suez Crisis
Discussion: EA WorldView
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
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The Note:
Palin to speak at Reagan Ranch Center
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP contenders weak even in West Virginia
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Political Carnival
William Gibson / New York Times:
25 Years of Digital Vandalism
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