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8:50 AM ET, January 20, 2011

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House repeals healthcare law, 245-189  —  The House voted on Wednesday to repeal the sweeping healthcare law enacted last year, as Republicans made good on a central campaign pledge and laid down the first major policy marker of their new majority.  —  The vote was 245-189.
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The Note:
Say What?  Democrat Compares Republicans to Nazis  —  ABC News Jonathan Karl reports:  —  The newfound civility didn't last long.  Political rhetoric in Congress doesn't get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
House Repeals Obama Health Care Law in Symbolic Act  —  WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday voted to repeal the Democrats' landmark health care overhaul, in a largely symbolic step that the new Republican majority said marked the beginning of an all-out effort to dismantle President Obama's signature domestic policy achievement.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
House Dem exemplifies New Tone by comparing GOP to Nazis on House floor  —  Steve Cohen (D-TN) has merely updated his repertoire on his attacks against the Tea Party and Republicans.  Nine months ago, they were the Klan with better fashion sense; now they're Nazis using the tactics of Josef Goebbels.
Washington Post:
House votes to repeal health-care law  —  In the first major act of the new Congress, the Republican-led House voted Wednesday to repeal the Democrats' health-care overhaul, fulfilling a pledge that GOP candidates made during the fall midterm campaigns.  Three Democrats sided with a unified GOP …
Ezra Klein:
Repeal, but no replace  —  As expected, House Republicans …
David Streeter / NJDC:   NJDC Criticizes Comments of Representative Steve Cohen
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell ‘assures’ Senate vote on repealing health reform
Discussion: PoliticsPA
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Rep: No apology for saying GOP mendacity is worthy of Goebbels
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and AmSpecBlog
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Business Leaders Make Cut at State Dinner With Hu  —  WASHINGTON - Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter made the cut.  So did Bill Clinton and his wife, the secretary of state.  The heads of Microsoft, Boeing, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Boeing and Walt Disney were on the list.
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Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
Obamas Host China's President Hu at Glitzy White House State Dinner
Discussion: News Hounds
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker compares China to Nazi regime
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
The Hill:
Boehner, McConnell skipping state dinner with Chinese leader
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama bouncing back  —  The president's approval rating returns to the 50s, but challenges remain, according to the latest poll  —  Below:  —  Deputy political director  —  WASHINGTON — What a difference a few weeks can make.  —  Last month, Republicans were celebrating …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama presidency a success or failure?
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Jared Lee Loughner indicted in Gabrielle Giffords shooting  —  A federal grand jury in Arizona on Wednesday indicted Jared Lee Loughner on charges of attempting to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and two of her aides, Ron Barber and Pamela Simon, during a shooting rampage Jan. 8 in Tucson.
Discussion: FrumForum
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New York Post:
Doctor says Rep. Giffords stood on her own two feet
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords to be released from hospital Friday
The Fix:
A three-way pileup atop 2012 GOP presidential race  —  Former Govs. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Sarah Palin (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Mass.) make up the top tier of the 2012 Republican presidential field, according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Huck adviser to be Hill CoS
Discussion: GOP 12
ThinkProgress:
Glenn Beck And Sean Hannity Dropped From Philadelphia Radio Station  —  Yesterday, hate radio hosts Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity had their nationally syndicated radio shows dropped from WPHT in Philadelphia, which is the second radio station to drop both of the conservative commentators.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Feministing
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Our Second Annual TV News Trust Poll  —  PPP's annual look at the public's trust in various TV news outlets finds that Fox News' credibility is on the decline, that the traditional networks are seeing an up tick in their numbers, and that PBS is at the top of the heap.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Scalia, Thomas and Citizens United  —  To mark Friday's anniversary of a court decision that allowed corporations to sink millions into politics, Common Cause, a reform group, is asking the Department of Justice to investigate alleged conflicts of interest involving two Supreme Court justices …
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Putting Out Presidential Feelers in Iowa  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has tasked her aides with quietly gauging her level of support for a potential presidential campaign by making inquiries to a select pool of likely allies and grassroots activists in Iowa, RealClearPolitics has learned.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Conservatives4Palin
Jamila Trindle / Washington Wire:
Pandas Can Stay in D.C. 5 More Years  —  On a day full of carefully choreographed events to announce incremental progress on thorny political and economic issues in the U.S.-China relationship, one big diplomatic issue has been put to rest: the pandas can stay at the National Zoo.
Sarah Boesveld / National Post:
Heritage Minister orders Library and Archives Canada to show controversial film  —  The Harper government sent a diplomatic note to Iran Wednesday, as Heritage Minister James Moore lashed out at Tehran for its part in a campaign that cancelled the screening of a movie critical of the Iranian regime at Library and Archives Canada.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Goodbye to a Guy Named Joe  —  On Wednesday, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut announced that he won't be a candidate for re-election in 2012.  Normally people look particularly appealing when they're promising to go away.  This time, not so much.  —  “I can't help but also think about …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Prepares to Lift Ban on Guantánamo Cases  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to increase the use of military commissions to prosecute Guantánamo detainees, an acknowledgment that the prison in Cuba remains open for business after Congress imposed steep new impediments to closing the facility.
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Magazine
Kevin / Daily Ructions:
Murphy To Announce Senate Candidacy Thursday.  —  United States Representative Christopher Murphy will announce Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate from Connecticut in 2012, Daily Ructions has learned.  Murphy's declaration follows …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Steele: GOP relieved I'm gone  —  (CNN) - Michael Steele, the newly ousted chairman of the Republican National Committee, said he's “disappointed” he lost the recent election but that many in his party are relieved.  —  “I think the people in the party, particularly the establishment …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Mary C. Curtis / Politics Daily:
Nikki Haley: Government ‘Never Intended to Be All Things to All People’ … In her first State of the State address, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley promised to make the “tough but right decisions” to overcome challenges that include budget shortfalls of $1 billion.
 
 
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