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6:45 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.
Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The GOP's Ethics Disaster
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
House Republicans back off gutting ethics watchdog after backlash from Trump
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House GOP scraps plan to gut ethics watchdog after emergency meeting
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump slaps GOP for vote on ethics watchdog
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Elected House Speaker With Just A Single Republican Defection
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
New York Times:
House Republicans, Under Fire, Back Down on Gutting Ethics Office
Susan Davis / NPR:
After Backlash, Including From Trump, House GOP Drops Weakening Of Ethics Office
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
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  —  Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, will attend President-elect Donald Trump  —  's inauguration this month.  —  In a statement Tuesday, Bush's office said the couple is “pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power …
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
Discussion: Mother Jones, MSNBC and Politico
Sen. Rand Paul / Rare:
Rand Paul: Repeal all of Obamacare and replace immediately
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.
Omarosa Manigault joining Trump's White House staff to focus on public engagement: AP  —  Omarosa Manigault is getting hired.  —  A memorable contestant in the first season of “The Apprentice,” Manigault is expected to join President-elect Donald Trump's White House staff, according to two people familiar with the decision.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Mashable and New Urban Legends
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
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: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Donald Trump appears alongside convicted felon with mobster ties at New Year's Eve party  —  President-elect Donald Trump rang in the new year together with Joseph “Joey No Socks” Cinque — a convicted felon with ties to notorious Gambino crime family boss John Gotti, a recently released video has revealed.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate push for new Russia hacking probe fizzles  —  John McCain and Lindsey Graham are backing off of their push for a select committee on cybersecurity after Russian interference in the election, bowing to the political reality that the Senate Republican Conference largely does not back their idea.
Discussion: We Are Change, Mediaite and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: IJR and BizPac Review
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Treasury Nominee Steve Mnuchin's Bank Accused of “Widespread Misconduct” in Leaked Memo  —  OneWest Bank, which Donald Trump's nominee for treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, ran from 2009 to 2015, repeatedly broke California's foreclosure laws during that period, according …
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
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 …
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
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Lindy West / The Guardian:
I've left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators
Mike Anderson / KSL-TV:
After declaring ‘public health crisis,’ lawmaker wants to pave way for pornography lawsuits
Rainer Buergin / Bloomberg:
It's the ‘Most Volatile’ Year for Political Risk Since WWII, Eurasia Says
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
GOP senators offer bill to move US Embassy to Jerusalem
Discussion: RedState and Israel Matzav
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
More than 1,100 law school professors nationwide oppose Sessions's nomination as attorney general
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
Prashant Gopal / Bloomberg:
Wall Street, America's New Landlord, Kicks Tenants to the Curb
Discussion: Engadget and Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ilan Ben Zion / The Times of Israel:
Islamic guards try to boot guide for saying ‘Temple Mount’ on Temple Mount
Katie McHugh / Breitbart:
Kicking Money Out of Politics: Trump Boots Koch Brother from Golf Course
Donn Marten / Downtrend:
Kaepernick's Foolish Crusade Ends Up Costing 49ers Coach and General Manager Their Jobs
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Ex-CIA agent on Spicer: ‘What the hell is that dude talking about?’
Discussion: RedState
Houman Salem / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Leaving for Las Vegas: California's minimum wage law leaves businesses no choice
Discussion: RedState
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:
The Champions of the 401(k) Lament the Revolution They Started
Discussion: Mother Jones