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1:30 PM ET, December 13, 2010

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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Health Care Law Ruled Unconstitutional  —  A federal district judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional, becoming the first court in the country to invalidate any part of the sprawling act and insuring that appellate courts …
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Larry O'Dell / Associated Press:
Federal judge in Va. strikes down health care law  —  RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's health care reform law unconstitutional.  —  U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Amazing  —  A year ago, no one took seriously the idea that a federal health care mandate was unconstitutional.  And the idea that buying health care coverage does not amount to “economic activity” seems preposterous on its face.  But the decision that just came down from the federal judgment in Virginia …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Virginia health-care ruling strikes down key provision of Obama's plan  —  RICHMOND - A federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that a key provision of the nation's sweeping health-care overhaul is unconstitutional, the most significant legal setback so far for President Obama's signature domestic initiative.
msnbc.com:
Va. federal judge strikes down health care law
The Politico:
Judge: Individual mandate is unconstitutional
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fhardingj / CNN:
BREAKING: Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional
Rasmussen Reports:
Health Care Law
Kristinn / freerepublic.com:
Media Creates New Palin Scandal!  Sarah Accused of Bringing Hairdresser on Haiti Trip  —  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin traveled to Haiti this weekend as a guest of the Rev. Franklin Graham and Samaritan's Purse to spotlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the earthquake and cholera-stricken Caribbean (half an) island nation.
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Michael Shaw / The Huffington Post:
Reading the Pictures: Palin Does Haiti Cholera: How's My Hair? (and, Did AP Lend a Curl?)  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  If I find the fantastically clever Sarah Palin to be one of the shallowest and blatantly self-serving politicians, err, political celebrities I've ever seen …
Daily Mail:
Ready for her close-up... Sarah Palin lands in Haiti (well, she wants to look just right for those poor cholera-stricken residents)  —  Clad in a simple grey T-shirt and cargo pants - but with her trademark hairstyle firmly in place - this is Sarah Palin touring a Haitian refugee camp.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Stacy Drake / Conservatives4Palin.com:
Hair-Gate II - Bristol Palin Adjusts Her Mother's Hair-Clip
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
In Tax Benefits to the Middle, Political Lift for Obama  —  WASHINGTON — With the Senate poised to hold a key vote on Monday on the tax cut deal between President Obama and Republicans, the political jousting has focused on what the agreement does for the wealthy by extending all of the Bush-era tax rates …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Out of Power Soon, and Out of Sorts Now  —  WASHINGTON — As House Democrats met privately to weigh the tax deal negotiated by the White House, an angry chant spontaneously rolled across the room.  —  “Just say no, just say no,” rebellious lawmakers cried.  Vulgar words were aimed at President Obama.
Discussion: The Politico, RedState and Betsy's Page
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Block Those Metaphors  —  Like it or not — and I don't — the Obama-McConnell tax-cut deal, with its mixture of very bad stuff and sort-of-kind-of good stuff, is likely to pass Congress.  Then what?  —  The deal will, without question, give the economy a short-term boost.
Fox News:
RNC Chairman Steele to Announce He Won't Run for Second Term  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is expected to announce he will drop out of the highly contested race to keep his post, sources told FoxNews.com on Sunday.  —  Fox News has confirmed Steele sent an e-mail …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Norm Coleman may enter RNC race
Discussion: The Note and The Blotter
Tim Pawlenty / Wall Street Journal:
Government Unions vs. Taxpayers  —  The moral case for unions—protecting working families from exploitation—does not apply to public employment.  —  When Americans think of organized labor, they might think of images like I saw growing up in a blue-collar meatpacking town: hard hats, work boots, tough conditions and gritty jobs.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner: Obama disrespectful to me  —  John Boehner thinks President Barack Obama is “engaging” and “smart” — but the speaker-elect is also still smarting over the president's claim that he took taxpayers hostage to secure a tax break for the rich.  —  In an interview with Leslie Stahl of …
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Boehner Cries, Claims He Doesn't Go Tanning In 60 Minutes Interview (VIDEO)
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Boehner: ‘I Reject The Word’ Compromise
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breyer: Madison wrote 2nd Amendment to appease the states  —  It's not just the Constitution that is a “living document,” as Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer proved yesterday when discussing the Second Amendment.  Breyer argued that James Madison only included the right to bear arms reluctantly …
Discussion: Verum Serum
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Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Manchin Supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal, But Will Vote Against It Until World Peace Is Achieved  —  This morning, during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — the only Democrat to support a Republican filibuster of Don't Ask, Don't Tell …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Rep. Ron Paul, G.O.P. Loner, Comes In From Cold  —  WASHINGTON — As virtually all of Washington was declaring WikiLeaks's disclosures of secret diplomatic cables an act of treason, Representative Ron Paul was applauding the organization for exposing the United States' “delusional foreign policy.”
Lifehacker:
FAQ: Compromised Commenting Accounts on Gawker Media  —  This weekend we discovered that Gawker Media's servers were compromised, resulting in a security breach at Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot.  If you're a commenter on any of our sites, you probably have several questions.
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll finds broad bipartisan support for tax package  —  About seven in 10 Americans back the tax deal negotiated last week by President Obama and congressional Republicans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  The high bipartisan support for the package masks …
 
 
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