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2:10 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.) …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Hobble Independent Ethics Office  —  House Republicans, defying their top leaders, voted Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.
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.
Washington Post:
Republicans back off gutting of House ethics office after critical Trump tweet … House Republicans abruptly reversed course and pulled language to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and subject it to internal House rule.  —  The decision came after President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Shareblue
Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The GOP's Ethics Disaster  —  I have rarely been more angry or dismayed at the conduct of Congress than I was Monday night with the unconscionable, deplorable, underhanded move by Representative Bob Goodlatte to eviscerate and undermine the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway: GOP has ‘mandate’ to gut congressional ethics office  —  The move by Republicans in Congress to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics will cut down on “overzealousness,” incoming counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning, while leaving in place a …
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed:
Here Are 6 Things House Republicans Want Ethics Investigators To Stop Doing
Discussion: Hot Air and Shareblue
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Republicans gut their own oversight
New York Times:
House Republicans Back Down on Bid to Gut Ethics Office
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
House Republicans back off gutting ethics watchdog after backlash from Trump
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
House Republicans move to slash powers of ethics watchdog
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Pence to huddle with House GOP on ObamaCare
Susan Davis / NPR:
House GOP Votes To Strip Independence From Congressional Ethics Office
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Vocativ
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.
Discussion: Politico, CNNMoney and Business Insider
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.
Fox News:
Assange: Russian government not the source of WikiLeaks emails
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:
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
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 …
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:
The Champions of the 401(k) Lament the Revolution They Started  —  The dominant vehicle for retirement savings has fallen short of its early backers' rosy expectations; longer life spans, high fees and stock-market declines  —  Herbert Whitehouse was one of the first in the U.S. to suggest workers use a 401(k).
Discussion: Mother Jones and FiveThirtyEight
Donn Marten / Downtrend:
Kaepernick's Foolish Crusade Ends Up Costing 49ers Coach and General Manager Their Jobs  —  San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly has now officially become collateral damage due to Colin Kaepernick's season long campaign against the cops and the flag.  The organization pulled the flush chain …
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.
Julia Edwards Ainsley / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance  —  In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
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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
Mother Jones:
I Was a Terrorist...Seriously!  —  Ex-jihadist Kamal Saleem tells tales …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Garry Kasparov / Washington Post:
The U.S. doesn't have a problem with Russia. It has a problem with Vladimir Putin.
Discussion: RedState and Politicus USA
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Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
GM defends practices after Trump tweet
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
New date for Trump's press conference: January 11
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The 2018 midterms are nearly two years away. Start paying attention now.
Deborah Cole / Yahoo:
Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ becomes German bestseller
Discussion: Althouse
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Schumer regime promises a sharp break from Reid
New York Times:
To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From the Tea Party