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4:45 PM ET, January 31, 2011

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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rules Health Law Violates Constitution  —  A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that requires Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at two-to-two in the lower courts as the conflicting opinions begin …
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David Whelan / Health Dollars:
Florida Judge Rules Against ObamaCare, Calls Individual Mandate Unconstitutional  —  Justice Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court in Pensacola ruled today that the primary mechanism used by the health reform legislation to achieve universal insurance coverage-the individual mandate-is illegal.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Florida Judge Voids Entire Health Care Law  —  A federal district court judge in Florida ruled today that a key provision in the new health care law is unconstitutional, and that the entire law must be voided.  —  Roger Vinson, a Ronald Reagan appointee, agreed with the 26 state-government plaintiffs …
Andrew M. Harris / Bloomberg:
Obama Health-Care Reform Act Ruled Unconstitutional  —  President Barack Obama's health care law, assailed as an abuse of federal power in a 26-state lawsuit, was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. judge who said Congress overstepped its authority to regulate commerce.
The Note:
Unconstitutional: Federal Judge Rules Against Health Reform …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:   Judge rules health law unconstitutional
The Politico:
Barack Obama braces for Jon Huntsman 2012 bid  —  The White House expects Jon Huntsman, the U.S. Ambassador to China, to resign his post this spring to explore a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, top Democrats said.  —  GOP allies of Huntsman have already begun laying plans …
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Latest Huntsman 2012 News  —  I feel compelled to step in and briefly say something about this.  Previously here and here.  —  Various sources — notably Jake Tapper here, and Politico here — are reporting that “White House officials” expect Jon Huntsman (right, with one of his daughters) …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Axelrod needles Romney on health care
Discussion: Cubachi, POWIP and Weasel Zippers
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Daley Debuts as White House Spokesman, to Poor Results
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gibbs: White House has no knowledge of Huntsman's future plans
Discussion: TPMDC
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak  —  Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime.  —  Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism …
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Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Mubarak ‘will have to leave,’ says Carter  —  Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will likely be forced to step down because “the people have decided,” according to a news report.  —  “This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office …
Forex Crunch:
Muslim Brotherhood Wants War With Israel  —  Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian army for a war with it's eastern neighbor.  —  Speaking with Iranian television station Al-Alam …
Max Blumenthal:
Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” …
Discussion: Ynetnews, Guardian, GOP 12, Salon and Mondoweiss
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Income Inequality In The U.S. Is Worse Than In Egypt  —  Protests in Egypt continued for a seventh day today, and pro-democracy demonstrators are organizing a “march of millions” to take place tomorrow.  As financial markets dip across the Middle East, financial prognosticators are trying …
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Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Inside the White House-Egypt experts meeting
Discussion: POMED
George Altman / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
House Ethics Committee Chairman Jo Bonner says political realities keep OCE operating  —  WASHINGTON — The vast majority of U.S. House members privately wish to end the Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, a controversial independent watchdog agency put in place by House Democrats in 2008 …
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Kathleen Hunter / Roll Call:
Democrats Force Votes With Eye on Campaigns
Discussion: Mother Jones
BBC:
Key points  — Egyptians are holding a seventh day of mass demonstrations calling for President Mubarak to step down.  — Military helicopters continue to circle over Cairo's central Tahrir Square where crowds of people defied an overnight curfew.  — Police in Egypt are returning …
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Aljazeera:
‘Mega protest’ planned in Egypt
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The uncivil left  —  Showing no concern for the new civility push that followed the Arizona massacre, a group of leftist activists from groups including Code Pink, Common Cause and jewel of liberal think tanks, the Center for American Progress, turned into a loud mob complete with Nazi imagery outside …
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Believe GOP Should Consider Tea Party Ideas  —  Half of Republicans are Tea Party supporters; 5% are “opponents”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About 7 in 10 national adults, including 88% of Republicans, say it is important that Republican leaders in Congress take the Tea Party movement's positions …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
‘Pay China First’ — Republicans' Wild Plan To Avoid U.S. Debt Default  —  New Republican legislation in the House and Senate would force the U.S. government to reroute huge amounts of money to China and other creditors in the event that Congress fails to raise its debt ceiling.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Big Law Firm Takes Down Big Conservative Blogger  —  I'm late to this, but the story has not received a lot of coverage in the conservative blogosphere.  Paul Mirengoff of Power Line blog no longer is of Power Line blog.  —  Mirengoff is an attorney at Akin Gump, a big law firm …
Nick Baumann / ABCNEWS:
House Republicans Plan to Redefine Rape  —  Drugged, Raped, and Pregnant?  Too bad — Republicans are Pushing to Limit Rape and Incest Cases Eligible for Government Abortion Funding  —  Rape is only really rape if it involves force, according to the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.
Wall Street Journal:
Professor Cornpone  —  Ethanol lobbyist Newt Gingrich and us—and the future of the GOP  —  The last time these columns were lambasted by a presidential candidate in Iowa, he was Democrat Richard Gephardt and the year was 1988.  The Missouri populist won the state caucuses in part on the rallying cry that …
 
 
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Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
FBI involved in hundreds of violations in national security investigations
Discussion: Politics Daily and SpyTalk
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Republicans Promise Scott Brown Challenge
Vanity Fair:
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll
Discussion: GOP 12, Wonkette and USA Today
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia's Contributor List
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Was Spying On Us In The Pledge?
Bnyhan / Brendan Nyhan:
Overstating Reagan's effect on public opinion
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Lbentzterp / CNN:
Huckabee and Voight in Israel
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The Carbon Tax Miracle Cure
Discussion: National Review
Alex Leary / St. Petersburg Times:
Sen. Rubio will not attend CPAC