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Posted at 5:07 PM ET, 01/27/2011

More staffing changes at the White House

By Ezra Klein

Jake Tapper lays it out:

Sources tell ABC News that President Obama will announce a number of staffing changes this afternoon, including the appointment of two new deputy chiefs of staff: current head of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle and current White House director of Scheduling and Advance Alyssa Mastromonaco.

White House insiders say Robert Gibbs' replacement as White House press secretary will be Jay Carney, the current communications director for the Vice President, though the president has yet to inform Carney or any of the other candidates -- deputy communications director Jen Psaki, in particular, but also deputy press secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest -- of his decision.

Other job announcements include a role for Assistant to the President for Special Projects Stephanie Cutter as deputy to senior adviser David Plouffe and a senior staff role for David Lane, a longtime aide to chief of staff Bill Daley, on Daley's team. Rob Nabors, currently a senior adviser to the White House chief of staff, will become director of legislative affairs; the current director, Phil Schiliro, has long been expected to leave after a very active two years.

It's worth noting that, as of late, Cutter has been leading the communications effort on behalf of the Affordable Care Act and DeParle ran the White House's Office of Health Reform. So one way or the other, there's going to be a lot of knowledge and interest in the fate of the health-care bill among the top staff at the White House.

By Ezra Klein  | January 27, 2011; 5:07 PM ET
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Today has been historic in that (a) the Union has been preserved by Senators Reid and McConnell (see and (b) many minority members of Congress have now been "out-ed" as failing to know the difference between the Agricultural Commodities Act [the ACA] and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [the PPACA].

It's actually darkly amusing to find Senators and Representatives who "favor" the ACA... hopefully, by votin' time, they'll know the difference [evil grin].

Posted by: rmgregory | January 27, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's assume that Jake Tapper's source is telling the truth. What kind of person tells the press that Person X is taking Job Y without informing Person X first?

Posted by: tomveiltomveil | January 28, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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