Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:15pm

The Office of Congressional Ethics remains intact… for now.

Good news! This morning the House Republicans reversed course and dropped the Goodlatte amendment from their rules package for the 115th Congress, leaving the Office of Congressional Ethics a non-partisan and independent agency.

For now.

In a complete reversal, the House GOP moved to withdraw proposed changes they approved the day before to official rules that would rein in the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Instead, the House will study changes to the office with an August deadline. (Washington Post)

Don’t take your eyes off ’em for a second, folks. This is only the beginning of the shenanigans we’re going to have to be on the guard against.

In case you forgot, this all started with a “secret” vote during a closed-door meeting of the House Republicans. If you’re curious how your Republican representative voted during that meeting, TPM has the rundown.

Meanwhile, shenanigans of a different sort are afoot. Several big news outlets reported this win as being due to tweets (1, 2) by PotUS-Elect Trump, which is – and I cannot put this bluntly enough – bullshit. House GOPpers were already backpedaling like mad before the tweets due to a switchboard-jamming flood of calls and social media backlash.

Be that as it may, news outlets insist on crediting Trump, which is, at best, a very generous reading of the situation. This tendency to credit Trump for stuff he didn’t have anything to do with is troublesome, because it’s going to leave an impression in people’s minds that he’s doing more than he actually is, that he’s right more often than he actually is, and that he’s more effective than he actually is. Which is gonna affect votes, people. I don’t know about you, but I cannot abide eight years of this guy.

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post’s Plum Line had a couple of smart things to say about giving Donald Trump the headlines he wants:

Part of staying on top of this situation is going to have to involve holding the media accountable for how it reports stories. Hit up their social media channels when they’re doing it wrong, email them, cancel your subscriptions. Make yourself heard. We have to. If we want better government and better media, we have to be active, engaged and vocal about it.

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