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For January 5, 2011, a staff shakeup is coming at the White House, a new Congress is coming, an ESPN announcer is fired.
• The Obama administration is getting a bit of a shakeup in the new year. From Ed Henry: "Barack Obama has narrowed the list of candidates for White House chief of staff down to two – current interim boss Pete Rouse and former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley – according to two senior Democratic sources close to the process." Another move – Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is leaving: "Gibbs will become a pundit, supporting White House positions on cable television and in speeches, White House staff said."
• And the 112th Congress is in session. Some Democrats are talking about revising the filibuster rules. From Ted Barrett: "Senate Democrats, anxious to reign in what they consider abuse of the filibuster by Senate Republicans, will formally propose changes Wednesday to how and when senators can use the stalling tactic." And talk about new Congress – "For the first time ever, Congress will be broadcast live on Facebook. Boehner is announcing Tuesday that beginning at noon on Wednesday people can go on the popular social media website for live coverage of the first day's floor proceedings and his first speech as Speaker of the House."
• Remember all those dying birds (and fish)? Well, it's happening again, this time in Louisiana: "State biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths of the estimated 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on La. 1 just down the road from Pointe Coupee Central High School."
• An ESPN announcer who made derogatory comments toward his female colleague has been fired. According to Jeannine Edwards, Ron Franklin said to her, before a broadcast last week, "Listen to me, sweet baby, let me tell you something," before cursing at her.