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4:25 PM ET, January 3, 2017


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Rachael Bade / Politico:
House GOP reverses course on gutting ethics panel  —  Following a public outcry, and tweeted criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans reversed course Tuesday on a proposal to gut their own ethics watchdog.  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Jack Abramoff slams GOP over House ethics changes  —  Jack Abramoff, the disgraced former lobbyist whose felony crimes eventually helped lead to the creation of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, ripped House Republicans for their move to gut the independent watchdog.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Hobble Independent Ethics Office
Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The GOP's Ethics Disaster
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway: GOP has ‘mandate’ to gut congressional ethics office
Washington Post:
Republicans back off gutting of House ethics office after critical Trump tweet
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Shareblue
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
House Republicans back off gutting ethics watchdog after backlash from Trump
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump slaps GOP for vote on ethics watchdog
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Megyn Kelly Is Said to Be Leaving Fox News for NBC  —  Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed amount, people briefed on the negotiations said on Tuesday.
Erika Masonhall /
MEGYN KELLY JOINS NBC NEWS … JANUARY 3, 2017 — Megyn Kelly, one of America's most prominent news anchors, will join NBC News, it was announced today by Andrew Lack, Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.  —  Kelly will become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues.
Megyn Kelly / Facebook:
Over a dozen years ago I started at Fox News in a job that would change my life.  Now, I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experiences I've had.  I have agreed to join NBC News, where I will be launching a new daytime show Monday through Friday, along with a Sunday evening news magazine program.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Megyn Kelly to leave Fox News for NBC
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Senate Republicans just introduced an Obamacare repeal plan Democrats can't stop  —  The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare.  —  Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution Tuesday that includes …
Nancyl / Washington Monthly:
What Republicans Have Promised on Health Care Reform  —  The battle over health care officially begins tomorrow when VP-elect Pence meets with Congressional Republicans to strategize about their “repeal and delay” plans and President Obama meets with Congressional Democrats about how to defend Obamacare.
Discussion: Mother Jones, MSNBC and Politico
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Elected House Speaker With Just A Single Republican Defection
Discussion: The Week
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Pence to huddle with House GOP on ObamaCare
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
Bill and Hillary Clinton Will Attend the Trump Inauguration  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton have decided to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, according to two sources with knowledge of their plans.  The Clintons will join former Presidents George W. Bush …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
George W. Bush to attend Trump's inauguration
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Ford cancels Mexico plant.  Will create 700 U.S. jobs in ‘vote of confidence’ in Trump  —  Ford CEO: U.S. plant expansion is ‘vote of confidence’ in Trump  —  Ford is canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico.  It will invest $700 million in Michigan instead, creating 700 new U.S. jobs.
Keith Naughton / Bloomberg:
Ford Cancels Plans for New $1.6 Billion Mexico Plant
Discussion: CNBC and BizPac Review
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Schumer: I wish we hadn't triggered ‘nuclear option’  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Chuck Schumer lamented Tuesday the Democrats' move to diminish the number of senators needed to confirm Cabinet picks from 60 votes to 51, because the new rule now hurts his party.  —  “I argued against it at the time.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Schumer regime promises a sharp break from Reid
Marisa M. Kashino / Washingtonian:
Ivanka Trump Will Move into a House in Kalorama  —  Washington Fine Properties co-owner William F.X. Moody tells Washingtonian that Ivanka Trump has completed a deal for a house in DC.  A team of Washington Fine Properties agents represented Trump.  The firm also represented the house's owner in the transaction.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Eat 554 Million Jack in the Box Tacos a Year, and No One Knows Why  —  The fast-food chain's gooey, deep-fried beef envelope has been on the menu since the 1950s, inspiring legions of fans; ‘vile and amazing’  —  More than 1,000 times a minute, someone bites into what has been described …
Discussion: AOL
Aleksandra Sandstrom / Pew Research Center:
Faith on the Hill  —  The religious composition of the 115th Congress  —  The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Inside Trump's strategy to remodel the Supreme Court  —  Donald Trump has narrowed his short list for his first Supreme Court pick down to roughly a half-dozen finalists but the president-elect and his top advisers are already thinking about a second selection, as they seek to quickly remodel …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Ex-CIA agent on Spicer: ‘What the hell is that dude talking about?’  —  A former CIA operative on Tuesday slammed incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer for saying there is “zero evidence” of Russian interference in last year's election.  —  “What the hell is that dude talking about?”
Discussion: RedState
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Ricky Shoff / Facebook:
I've been a little hesitant to post this.  But I feel it's not only to bring awareness, but it is also incredible.  We are so grateful for the bond that these twin brothers share.  We know Bowdy was not alone in moving the dresser off of Brock.  And feel blessed that he is ok.
Matthew Pratt Guterl / New Republic:
Blue States Must Become Even Bluer  —  As red states roll back democracy, blue states should double down on true progressivism.  —  For the past 20 years, the Republican Party has perversely rewritten former Supreme Court Louis Brandeis's notion that states could be “laboratories of democracy.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Celebs call on Congress to ‘Stand Up’ to Trump  —  #StandUpForUS from Art Not War on Vimeo.  —  A slew of high-profile stars — including Sally Field, former “The View” co-host Rosie Perez, “Westworld's” Jeffrey Wright, Keegan-Michael Key and “Boardwalk Empire” actor Steve Buscemi …
Kaitlin Menza / Marie Claire:
Rockette Management Tells Dancers to “Tolerate Intolerance”  —  In the wake of more inauguration backlash, Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan calls a meeting with the Rockettes to make his stance clear.  —  There's been an unusual amount of turmoil behind the scenes at Radio City Music Hall this Christmas season.
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
WikiLeaks founder: Obama admin trying to ‘delegitimize’ Trump  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says there's an “obvious” reason the Obama administration has focused on Russia's alleged role in Democratic hacks leading up to Donald Trump  —  's electoral win.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The 2018 Senate map just keeps getting better for Republicans  —  No one outside of Nevada noticed, but last week, Sen. Dean Heller (R) announced that he would run for reelection rather than seek the open governorship in 2018.  But it was a big deal — not just in Nevada …
Discussion: IJR
Prashant Gopal / Bloomberg:
Wall Street, America's New Landlord, Kicks Tenants to the Curb  —  Private equity firms snapped up homes after real estate bust  —  In Atlanta, companies up to twice as likely to file evictions  —  On a chilly December afternoon in Atlanta, a judge told Reiton Allen that he had seven days …
Discussion: Raw Story and Engadget
Houman Salem / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Leaving for Las Vegas: California's minimum wage law leaves businesses no choice  —  The “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign on July 14, 2009.  (Sarah Gerke / Sarah Gerke)  —  Houman Salem  —  California's minimum wage jumped to $10.50 an hour at the start of the new year.
Discussion: RedState
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Chuck Hickey / FOX31 Denver:
Body believed to be of missing 6-year-old Aurora boy found in icy park pond
Discussion: WTVR-TV, AOL and Fox News
Ilan Ben Zion / The Times of Israel:
Islamic guards try to boot guide for saying ‘Temple Mount’ on Temple Mount
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Katie McHugh / Breitbart:
Kicking Money Out of Politics: Trump Boots Koch Brother from Golf Course
Rebecca Taylor / Daily Mail:
Student union bans use of ‘he’ and ‘she’ - because they 'don't want to make assumptions about gender'
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The Democratic Party builds a war room to battle Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Ex-Chicago top cop blames Black Lives Matter for skyrocketing murder rates
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Donn Marten / Downtrend:
Kaepernick's Foolish Crusade Ends Up Costing 49ers Coach and General Manager Their Jobs
New York Post:
Thieves steal $6M in jewels while ball drops on New Year's Eve
Discussion: CBS New York and New York Magazine
Deborah Cole / Yahoo:
Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes German bestseller
Discussion: Althouse
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:
The Champions of the 401(k) Lament the Revolution They Started
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation