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7:10 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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
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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.
Newsweek:
White House to Push Gun Control
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Jay Carney picked as Obama press secretary
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
Tricia Miller / Roll Call:
Pence to Announce He's Not Running for President
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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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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
David Weigel / Weigel:
Paul and Vitter Introduce Birthright Citizenship Resolution
Discussion: Salon and Balloon Juice
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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Tom Kavanagh / Politics Daily:
Palin on Obama's ‘Winning the Future’: WTF Is a ‘Spot On’ Abbreviation
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin: WTF was a perfect theme for the SOTU
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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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 …
Clout St:
Supreme Court: Emanuel on Chicago mayor ballot  —  UPDATED at 5:28 p.m. by Liam Ford and Jeff Coen with Supreme Court unanimous, Emanuel greeting commuters, Chico comment; will be updated;  —  The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago.
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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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.
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
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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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.
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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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: TalkLeft, Raw Story 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 …
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 …
 
 
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate ends practice of secret holds
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Jim Moran: Racism fueled Democrats' midterm losses
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Dan Choi's open letter to the President: I'm not paying $2500 DADT Debt
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Egypt's new Suez Crisis
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