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12:25 AM ET, January 8, 2011

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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
BREAKING: CBO Says Repealing ObamaCare Would Reduce Net Spending by $540 Billion  —  The Congressional Budget Office, in an email to Capitol Hill staffers obtained by the Spectator, has said that repealing the national health care law would reduce net spending by $540 billion in the ten year period from 2012 through 2021.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
LOVE IT... House Votes to Repeal “Job-Killing” Health Care Law 236-181  —  It was a bi-partisan vote by the way...  4 Democrats joined with Republicans in a 236-181 vote.  —  Click to Enlarge-  —  The language:  —  “Providing for consideration of H.R. 2, to repeal the job-killing health care law …
Discussion: Weigel, Wonk Room and DownWithTyranny!
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
House takes first step toward health care repeal
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 46% Favor, 40% Oppose Repealing Healthcare Law
The White House:
Statement by the President on H.R. 6523  —  Today I have signed into law H.R. 6523, the “Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.”  The Act authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, for military construction, and for national security-related energy programs.
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Ezra Klein:
When opposition to health-care reform stops being polite and starts getting scary  —  In the Wyoming state legislature, 10 congressmen and three senators have co-sponsored “The Health Care Choice and Protection Act.”  The intent?  To make it a felony to implement the health-care reform law …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Objects To Gitmo Limits, But Doesn't Claim Right To Defy Them
Discussion: TalkLeft, FrumForum and Lawfare
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
‘Mother,’ ‘Father’ Changing to ‘Parent One,’ ‘Parent Two’ on Passport Applications  —  Section of current passport application asking for “father” and “mother” information.  —  The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says.
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Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
On Passports, Mother and Father Will Soon Be ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ … Gay-rights proponents are cheering and some conservatives are up in arms after the State Department said it would replace the words “mother” and “father” on U.S. passport applications with gender-neutral terms.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP representatives regret skipped oath  —  In a letter to be distributed Friday night, Reps. Pete Sessions and Mike Fitzpatrick apologize to all 433 of their House colleagues for voting after missing out on taking their official oath of office during Wednesday's opening ceremonies of the 112th Congress.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution fixing problem with missed swearing-in
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
Doug / RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: Sonny Bono's Widow - Rep. Mary Bono - In Lurid Photo Scandal With Woman Investigated By FBI  —  Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack has been caught on camera in a lurid scandal where another woman is apparently licking her breast.  —  RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the photo …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Top GOPer praises Obama picks  —  (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hopeful the staff shake ups at the White House this week that included a new chief of staff and director of the National Economic Council are a sign President Barack Obama is moving toward the political center.
Discussion: The Politico
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Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Robert Gibbs' Successor: How About a Woman as White House Press Secretary?
Discussion: PBS and Fox News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Levi's Vindication: The Self-Exposure Of Sarah Palin  —  As a long-standing Palin hysteric, I have to confess a mite less concern in 2011 than at any time since she has been farcically commanding the attention of the political class.  Not much has changed essentially: Palin's favorable ratings remain roughly where they have been.
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Memo to Speaker Boehner: If You Won a Congessional Majority Because You Pledged to Cut Spending and You Can't Think of a Single Program to Cut Now, Please Go Home  —  That Congress botched its first-ever public reading of the Constitution is worrisome, but less so than the fact they've spent …
Yasmine El-Rashidi / english.ahram.org.eg:
Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as “human shields”  —  Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as “shields” to Egypt's threatened Christian community  —  Egypt's majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night.
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
White Flight  —  President Obama's path to a second term may rely on states shaped by the same social forces he embodies.  —  Right turn: Sen. Marco Rubio's supporters in Florida included many whites who voted for Obama in 2008.  —  By any standard, white voters' rejection of Democrats …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2010  —  40) My fear is that the whole island (of Guam) will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.  39) Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama Bin Ladin and say, 'Listen man,what is it that you're so angry …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
New York Post:
Rudy gearing up for DC run  —  Confident that he'd have a chance to win, Rudy Giuliani is rounding up his top political advisers for a possible 2012 presidential run, sources tell Page Six.  —  Sources say the tough-talking former mayor “thinks the Republican race will be populated …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Crony capitalism  —  Big Labor and Big Business are teaming up to protect Big Government.  As Greg Sargent put it yesterday, in describing the budding alliance between the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce: “The two groups rarely agree on anything, and frequently target each other in the harshest of terms …
Jibran Khan / Asianews.it:
Extremist group announces suicide attack to kill Asia Bibi  —  Pakistani intelligence says Moaviya group is planning a suicide attack against Sheikhupura Prison, where the woman has been held since 2009.  In Lahore, the first hearing for the murder of Punjab Governor of Salman Taseer opens amid hugging …
Bruce Bartlett / The Fiscal Times:
Elmendorf to GOP: Don't Kill the Messenger!  —  MichaelBindner  —  The reappointment of Elmendorf is the case study the GOP needs to realize the limits of its power.  Of course, they are right to be cynical - their CBO director, Douglas Holtz-Eaken let Medicare Part D go in without telling how much it costs.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Village Voice Caught in Jayson Blair-Style Fabrication Scandal (Updated)  —  Rob Sgobbo (pictured), a young writer for the New York Daily News, has had a freelance story he wrote yanked from the Village Voice's website.  He apparently fabricated sources and lied about his reporting.
Slate:
How Conservatives Could Revive the Public Option … Like This Story … - Can Conservatives Outlaw “Anchor Babies” Without Amending the Constitution?  - Dwight Garner, the NYT's New Book Critic, Is Extraordinary and Delightful- Almost No One Carries Cash Anymore.  Is That Why Crime Is Going Down?
Discussion: National Review
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
On economy, Obama turns to pros  —  'You know, you've got to talk to Austan Goolsbee.  That's his job,' President Obama said.  —  AP Photo  —  After reading his prepared remarks on the economy at a window manufacturer on Friday, President Obama sought to take some photos with workers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Illegal immigration foe passed over for chairman of Judiciary subpanel  —  An avid illegal immigration foe, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) will not continue as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee's Immigration subcommittee.  —  Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) …
Discussion: The Politico
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
To House GOP, illegal immigration is a jobs issue
Discussion: FrumForum
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
MA Supreme Court Deals Banks a Major Blow on Foreclosure Fraud, in the Ibanez Case  —  In a major ruling in the Massachusetts Supreme Court today, US Bank and Wells Fargo lost the “Ibanez case,” meaning that they don't have standing to foreclose due to improper mortgage assignment.
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
US tells Twitter to pass on messages  —  Icelandic MP to fight attempts by the US department of justice to access her private information  —  A member of parliament in Iceland who is also a former WikiLeaks volunteer says the US justice department has ordered Twitter to hand over her private messages.
 
 
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Dean Baker / CEPR:
Unemployment Falls to 9.4 Percent, but 260,000 Leave Labor Force
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama will seek repeal of provisions barring Gitmo inmate transfers
Chuck Neubauer / Washington Times:
Ex-lobbyist seeks light sentence, cites charity
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and The Daily Dish
Dorian de Wind / The Huffington Post:
Bachmann's Epiphany and My Own ‘Conversion’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andrea Leontiou / msnbc.com:
Egypt threatens to remove Central Park obelisk
Bloomberg:
Obama in Political, Economic Quandary Weighing Tax Overhaul
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pence introduces anti-abortion bill ahead of conservative gathering
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama would easily win Nevada again...except against Romney
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Bachmann for President? 'I'm Going to Iowa - There's Your Answer'
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Ted Rowlands / CNN:
Investigation into death of Notorious B.I.G. heats up
Discussion: Gothamist, The Informer, Gawker and L.A. NOW
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Demographics and Destiny
Discussion: Project Syndicate and Yglesias
First Read / msnbc.com:
Ryan hints at debt ceiling strategy
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
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