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Posted at 8:26 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Afternoon Fix: President Obama mulls major staff shuffle; Boehner makes calls on behalf of Maria Cino

By Chris Cillizza

President Obama weighs a major staff shuffle; incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) calls Republican National Committee members on behalf of Maria Cino's chairmanship bid; and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (again) gets the green light to be on the Chicago mayoral ballot.

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* President Obama is weighing a major reshuffling of his staff, among the biggest changes of which could be the departure of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Gibbs is said to be exploring the possibility of setting up his own consulting shop ahead of the 2012 campaign.

* Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been making calls to Republican National Committee members on behalf of former RNC official Maria Cino, who is vying to unseat the committee's current chairman, Michael Steele.

* A judge ruled that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is eligible for the February Chicago mayoral ballot; objectors, meanwhile, have vowed to take their case to the appellate court.

* Oklahoma Democratic Rep. Dan Boren said he's inclined to support House Republicans' efforts to repeal the national health care overhaul.


* Tomorrow is the first day of the 112th Congress. Here's a rough sketch of what you can expect.

* Florida Republican Rep.-elect David Rivera quietly amended his financial disclosure forms to report more than $130,000 in previously undisclosed loans from a marketing company that pushed to expand casino slot-machine gambling.

* Retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) is joining the Thompson Coburn law firm to work as a partner in the firm's Washington and St. Louis offices.

* Democratic media consultant Steve Murphy and former Democratic Congressional Committee executive director Jon Vogel have officially launched their new political media firm. The duo is joining up with Murphy Putnam's Kathi Askew and Michael Reilly to form Murphy Vogel Askew Reilly, LLC. "We are going to produce ads that clearly demonstrate to skeptical voters that it's the Democrats who are on their side," Murphy said in a statement.


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By Chris Cillizza  | January 4, 2011; 8:26 PM ET
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