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Posted at 6:19 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Afternoon Fix: Obama taps William Daley as chief of staff; Pawlenty on potential Bachmann White House run: "It's a free country"

By Chris Cillizza

President Obama taps former commerce secretary William Daley to be his chief of staff; former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R) says "it's a free country" when asked about a potential White House bid by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.); former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) joins a Tallahassee law firm.

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* President Obama has named former commerce secretary William Daley as his chief of staff.

* Asked about reports that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) may run for president, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R) told Politics Daily: "Well, it's a free country. Anyone can run that's over the age of 35. I have respect for Michele Bachmann. I've had a cordial and positive relationship with her."

* A new survey conducted by Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows that half of Nevadans disapprove of Sen. John Ensign's (R-Nev.) job performance. The poll also shows Ensign trailing in potential general-election match-ups against a number of Democratic contenders.

* Chicago election attorney Burt Odelson has appealed a Cook County judge's ruling that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel meets the residency requirement necessary to run for Chicago mayor.


* Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I), who unsuccessfully ran for Senate last cycle, is joining the Morgan & Morgan law firm.

* Obama will travel to Schenectady, New York, next week to tour a General Electric facility.

* Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly will sit down with Obama for an interview that will air on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6.

* Former Massachusetts governor Paul Cellucci (R) has been diagnosed with a slowly-progressing case of Lou Gehrig's disease. Cellucci said that he's had symptoms for four years and that despite some weakness, he's "feeling quite well."


Beware the slippery slope.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | January 6, 2011; 6:19 PM ET
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