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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Afternoon Fix: President Obama to name Jay Carney as White House press secretary; Illinois Supreme Court rules in Rahm Emanuel's favor

By Chris Cillizza

President Obama will tap former journalist Jay Carney to be the next White House press secretary; Rahm Emanuel can run for Chicago mayor; and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) won't run for president.

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* President Obama will tap former journalist Jay Carney to succeed Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary, according to a senior administration official. Carney, who is currently communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, moved to the White House in 2009 after a long career in journalism that included a stint as Washington bureau chief of Time magazine.

* The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel meets the residency requirement to run for Chicago mayor, overturning a lower court ruling and re-installing him as the front-runner in the race.

* Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence won't run for president in 2012 but has left the door open to a gubernatorial bid. "In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana," Pence wrote in a letter to supporters first reported by the Indianapolis Star.

* Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) formally announced that he's passing on a bid for his old seat, a decision that's likely to trigger a competitive primary fight among Republicans seeking to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).


* Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express, said that the group will not challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in 2012, calling the six-term senator "an original tea partier" and "somebody who has been willing to stand up for a long time."

* Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R) will be a featured guest at an upcoming event hosted by former New Hampshire Board of Education Chairman Ovide Lamontagne's (R) PAC. Lamontagne, a conservative favorite who placed a close second in the Granite State's GOP Senate primary last year, hosted an event for former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) earlier this month. The event with Pawlenty will likely take place in February or March.

* Senate leaders announced a broad bipartisan agreement on a number of reforms to the chamber's rules but will not do away with the filibuster, as some Democrats elected in 2006 and 2008 had been urging. The Senate approved the modest package of reforms Thursday afternoon.

* A retired Baltimore police officer who says he was forced by his supervisors to shave in front of his colleagues ahead of a visit by then-President-elect Obama in January 2009 is suing the city Police Department for $17 million.


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By Chris Cillizza  | January 27, 2011; 7:00 PM ET
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