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2:55 PM ET, January 4, 2011

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The Huffington Post:
Scalia: Women Don't Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation, according to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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callawyer.com:
THE ORIGINALIST  —  Last October marked the 24th anniversary of Justice Antonin Scalia's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Well known for his sharp wit as well as his originalist approach to the Constitution, Justice Scalia consistently asks more questions during oral arguments and makes …
Roger Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Rediscovers the Constitution  —  The House Republican majority has said it will require members to cite the specific authority for any bill they introduce.  —  If the new Congress to be sworn in on Wednesday is the tea party's cardinal achievement so far, its most symbolic achievement …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Court OKs searches of cell phones without warrant
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Strict Obstructionist  —  Mitch McConnell is a master manipulator and strategist— the unheralded architect of the Republican resurgence.  Now that his relentless tactics have made his party victorious, he is poised to take down the president and win the Senate majority he covets …
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Wall Street Journal:
New Speaker Vows to Share Power—a Tricky Proposition  —  When John Boehner takes over one of the most powerful jobs in Washington this week, he says his first order of business is to make himself less powerful.  —  On Wednesday the new speaker of the House of Representatives plans to offer …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Tea Party skeptics to support Boehner for Speaker, aides say
Discussion: CNN
Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Obama urges House, Senate GOP leaders to put politics aside
The Politico:
House freshman throws a party - and GOP cringes  —  With Republican leaders anxious to set an austere tone for their ascendance into the House majority this week, the lavish fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday night at a trendy Washington hotel to benefit a dozen GOP freshmen is not exactly …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Exempts Deficit Busting Policies From New Budget Rules
Marc Schultz / Publishers Weekly:
Upcoming NewSouth ‘Huck Finn’ Eliminates the ‘N’ Word  —  Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic by most any measure—T.S. Eliot called it a masterpiece, and Ernest Hemingway pronounced it the source of “all modern American literature.”  Yet, for decades …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin re-tweet raises questions  —  (CNN) - Normally, it's what Sarah Palin tweets that makes news.  This time it's what she has re-tweeted.  —  The former Alaska governor Monday relayed a comment from gay conservative pundit Tammy Bruce, who was expressing her criticism …
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Is Kathy Griffin Going Too Far Targeting 16-Year Old Willow Palin?
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin hints support for 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Discussion: GOP 12
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Plans To Implement The ‘Demon Pass’ They Once Decried  —  This week, House Republicans will resurrect an arcane tool that will give its Budget Chairman temporary, but unilateral authority to set federal spending levels for part of this year.  —  Welcome back to the so-called “Demon Pass” …
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions  —  Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Liberals fear betrayal by Obama on Social Security in new political climate  —  Liberal groups say they are increasingly worried that President Obama will strike a deal with Republicans on Social Security in exchange for a ‘yes’ vote on increasing the nation's debt ceiling.
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Roger Hickey / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post refused to print this: President Obama, Ignore …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Vulture in Saudi Custody Suspected as Mossad Agent  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Saudi Arabian security forces have captured a vulture that was carrying a global positioning satellite (GPS) transmitter and a ring etched with the words “Tel Aviv University.”
Carl Court / Newsweek:
Why Journalists Aren't Standing Up for WikiLeaks  —  Three reasons that efforts to prosecute Julian Assange aren't drawing more of an outcry about the First Amendment.  —  If you think prosecuting journalists is the province solely of the sort of authoritarian governments in the developing world …
Discussion: TalkLeft and NewsBusters.org blogs
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John Burns' “ministering angels” and “liberators”
Koran Addo / WBRZ-TV:
Mass La. bird deaths puzzle investigators  —  LABARRE — Hundreds of dead and dying birds littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday as motorists drove over and around them.  —  State biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths …
David Thompson:
New Crisis Detected  —  George “laughing boy” Monbiot has spotted another crisis.  As he does, regularly.  This particular crisis is “scarcely mentioned” yet is “growing... at a rate that's hard to comprehend.”  —  You'll seldom hear a squeak about it in the press, in parliament …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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George Monbiot / Guardian:
Let's take the housing fight to wealthy owners with empty spare rooms
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
Ohio Ruling: No Substitution of Foreclosure Documents in Robo-Signing Cases  —  Thanks to an obscure ruling from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, mortgage lenders in the Cleveland, Ohio area trying to substitute new documents for ones found to be faulty will have 30 days to explain …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Forgive Me Primary Voters, for I Have Sinned.  —  I doubt anyone would deny that at the moment, the Republican Party takes a harsher view of apostasy than their Democratic counterparts.  This is partly because they represent a narrower ideological spectrum of constituents and officeholders …
Discussion: The New Republic
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / The Atlantic Online:
The Unexpected Return of ‘Duck and Cover’  —  Sixty years ago, in 1951, Ray Maurer and Anthony Rizzo produced a film for the federal government's Civil Defense agency in response to Soviet nuclear tests.  Featuring an animated turtle named Bert and real-life schoolchildren from New York …
Steve Everley / American Solutions:
Top Five Things Obama Has Done to Raise Gasoline Prices  —  With gasoline currently above $3 per gallon nationwide and economists expecting that price to rise even further in 2011, America should be getting serious about producing more of its own resources.  But instead of focusing on how to bring …
Philip Caulfield / NY Daily News:
Chilling photo captures Philippines politician's killer moments before he is shot dead  —  A politician in the Philippines who was shot dead while taking a photograph of his family on New Year's Day captured his killer on camera just seconds before the assassin fired the fatal shots.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems promote younger members as party heads into the minority  —  As they prepare to slip into the minority, House Democratic leaders announced Tuesday the promotion of several younger members to higher-profile leadership posts in the new Congress.  —  Democratic leaders …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama May Bypass Guantánamo Rules, Aides Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's legal advisers, confronting the prospect of new restrictions on the transfer of Guantánamo detainees, are debating whether to recommend that he issue a signing statement asserting that his executive powers …
 
 
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