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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Afternoon Fix: John Boehner elected speaker of the House; William Daley visits the White House

By Chris Cillizza

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is elected speaker of the House; William Daley visits the White House; and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirms that he's leaving the administration.

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* Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was elected speaker of the House as Republicans officially took the majority in the lower chamber. Nearly 20 House Democrats voted for someone other than outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a sign that tensions in the caucus remain high following Democrats' midterm losses.

* White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that he is officially leaving the White House in the coming days. Gibbs plans to take on an advisory role and give speeches before helping President Obama gear up for the 2012 campaign.

* William Daley, the frontrunner to become Obama's next chief of staff, is paying a visit to the White House today, according to sources familiar with the hiring process. It remains unclear whether Daley will be made a formal job offer.

* Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) sat down for a two-hour powwow with tea-party leaders last month, but the activists left the meeting vowing to oppose the senator's re-election bid in 2012.


* Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who lost election to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in November, is going on to teach at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. Feingold will teach an elective course titled "Current Legal Issues: The U.S. Senate."

* Obama will address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 7, a sign of a possible rapprochement between the White House and the business community.

* Former senator and likely 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has hired Mike Biundo as his New Hampshire state director. Biundo most recently worked as head strategist for Rep. Frank Giunta's (R-N.H.) winning bid against former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.).

* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) is heading to South Carolina this weekend to keynote the conservative Awakening Conference's annual black-tie dinner, a sign that Pence is likely still keeping the door open to a presidential bid amid increasing speculation that he is pursuing a run for governor. Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are also slated to visit the Palmetto State next week.


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By Chris Cillizza  | January 5, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
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