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10:55 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: Taylor Marsh
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Jay Carney to Be Named White House Press Secretary
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Jay Carney picked as Obama press secretary
Discussion: AOL News and Ben Smith's Blog
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Jay Carney to Become White House Press Secretary
Clout St:
Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot  —  UPDATED at 7:15 p.m. by Liam Ford, Jeff Coen and David Heinzmann with more detail from Supreme Court opinion; election authority comment; ruling a topic in tonight's mayoral debate.  —  The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Court Allows Emanuel on Ballot for Chicago Mayor
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Rahm Emanuel ruled eligible for Chicago mayoral race
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 …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Republican governors urged Pence to pass on presidential bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence's decision not to run for president came after a serious lobbying effort by the Republican Governors Association, a GOP source close to the party organization told CNN Thursday.
Discussion: National Review and HotAirPundit
The Huffington Post:
Reid, McConnell Reach Rules Reform Agreement … WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached agreement on a set of relatively small changes to the upper chamber's rules, including an informal pact to reduce the number …
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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell swear off changes to filibuster
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Did Reid and McConnell just doom future filibuster reform?
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 …
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator, he shouldn't step down...  ... and wonders what the Egyptian protesters want.  —  Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the PBS NewsHour tonight with the most direct US governent comments yet about the gathering Egypt protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year reign.
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Internet Access & SMS Blocked in Egypt as Protests Escalate
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
How The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce's Egyptian Affiliate Went To Bat …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fast Company
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Palin completely misunderstands what “Sputnik Moment” means  —  So Sarah Palin went on Greta Van Susteren's show last night and one of the “questions” was about what she thought of President Obama's reference to America's “Sputnik moment” during his State of the Union address.
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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 …
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’
Telegraph:
Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds  —  Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century.  —  The key factor affecting …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Brooksley Born of the FCIC: “We May Well Still Be in a Financial Crisis”  —  In a sometimes contentious call, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission representatives Phil Angelides and Brooksley Born acknowledged that we might still be in a financial crisis, and that their report should not be seen …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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The Note:
Palin to speak at Reagan Ranch Center  —  ABC News' John Berman reports: Sarah Palin will deliver a speech at Ronald Reagan's former ranch to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.  On February 4th the former Alaska Governor will be the keynote speaker at the “Reagan 100 Opening Banquet” …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin to keynote Reagan celebration
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer steps up Social Security assault on House Republicans  —  Senate Democrats led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are gearing up for a battle with House Republicans over Medicare and Social Security benefits.  —  Schumer and other Democratic strategists …
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, Hot Air, Parker Spitzer and The Note
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story, TalkLeft and Shakesville
Tim Gaynor / Reuters:
Proposed Arizona law targets “birthright” citizenship  —  PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Republicans are to introduce legislation on Thursday seeking to challenge the right to U.S. citizenship for the children of legal and illegal immigrants born in the state.  —  State Rep. John Kavanagh …
 
 
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Fox News:
Mitt Romney Talks 2012 Plans, Obama's Economic Shortfalls | Hannity
Discussion: Politics Daily
Bill Lambrecht / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Talent says no to Missouri Senate bid
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Quentin Sommerville / BBC:
Afghan police pledge justice for Taliban stoning
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate ends practice of secret holds
Discussion: TPMDC and The Political Carnival
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Initial jobless claims jump 51,000
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jim Moran: Racism fueled Democrats' midterm losses
Discussion: Right Turn and Outside the Beltway
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Dan Choi's open letter to the President: I'm not paying $2500 DADT Debt
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Egypt's new Suez Crisis
Discussion: EA WorldView and Danger Room
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Obama's Time Cover Transition: From FDR To Reagan
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
Los Angeles Times:
Better off bankrupt