Dish o' the Day

Rahm to Run Obama White House

Who says you need Sarah Palin to have a pit bull in the White House? Obama officials confirm Illinois congressman Rahm Emanuel—and not Tom Daschle, the early favorite—will become Barack Obama’s chief of staff. It’s a bit of a surprise that the “speaker-in-waiting” would leave the chamber, and The New Republic’s Franklin Foer notes that Emanuel’s street brawler persona may not mesh with his soft-spoken boss. But Obama feels he needs a fighter to control the Democratic Congress.