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7:55 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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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Bill Daley's email to staff  —  White House staff received the following email from Chief of Staff Bill Daley today.  —  Today, I am pleased to announce a number of important White House personnel decisions.  I believe these decisions will bring greater clarity to our structure and roles …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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.
Newsweek:
White House to Push Gun Control
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Jay Carney to Become White House Press Secretary
Clout St:
Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot  —  UPDATED at 6:08 p.m. by Liam Ford, Jeff Coen and David Heinzman with Emanuel taking call from President, talking about opinion; will be updated.  —  The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rahm Emanuel ruled eligible for Chicago mayoral race
Discussion: PostPartisan and Fausta's Blog
Aharding / CNN:
Chicago mayoral candidates to face off
Discussion: wgntv.com and Ben Smith's Blog
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
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Reid and McConnell agree: There will be no reform of the filibuster  —  A few moments ago, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the Senate to announce a five-point agreement on rules reform.  But the five-points weren't, well, the point.  The real agreement was on the process by which rules can be reformed.
JTA:
Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel.  —  Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending …
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
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
4th senator joins Tea Party Caucus  —  The three founding members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus told a crowd of 120 activists at their first meeting Thursday that their efforts will outsize their short roster.  —  In all, four Republican senators have joined the caucus, including one freshman …
Discussion: CNN and Parker Spitzer
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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
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin to keynote Reagan celebration  —  (CNN) - Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will give the keynote address in February at the Reagan Ranch Center honoring the 100th anniversary of the former president's birthday.  —  The two days of events in Santa Barbara …
Discussion: TPMDC
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The Note:   Palin to speak at Reagan Ranch Center
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.
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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: Raw Story, TalkLeft and Shakesville
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jim Moran: Racism fueled Democrats' midterm losses  —  A Democratic congressman is attributing his party's losses in the 2010 election cycle to the fact that President Barack Obama is black.  —  Speaking to Arab television network Alhurra, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said Republicans made big gains …
Discussion: Right Turn and Outside the Beltway
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate ends practice of secret holds  —  The Senate kicked off a series of stacked votes that would alter the Senate rules for the 112th Congress with a 92-4 vote to end the practice of secret holds.  —  “This legislation deals with a sweeping, almost unparalleled power,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said on the floor prior to the vote.
Discussion: TPMDC and The Political Carnival
 
 
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Bill Lambrecht / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
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