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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law  —  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 ensuring that appellate courts …
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
Is the Hudson ruling good news for health reform?  —  District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee, has, as expected, ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional.  So why are health reformers so unexpectedly pleased?  —  There are two reasons, but first, let's put this into context.
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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHEERING A VICTORY OVER THEIR OWN IDEA.... Many on the right are, not surprisingly, delighted with today's federal district court ruling on the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.  That's to be expected — they're hoping to gut the law.  The two previous legal defeats notwithstanding …
USA Today:
Obama's economic guru predicts low demand for years  —  Exiting White House economic advisor Lawrence Summers says a lack of consumer demand will bedevil the nation's economy for years to come.  —  In his final policy speech before returning to Harvard University in January …
The Numbers:
New Low in Support for Health Care Reform  —  Coinciding with a federal judge's ruling invalidating a key element of the health care reform law, an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds support for the landmark legislation at a new low - but division on what to do about it.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Federal Judge In Va. Rules Part Of Health Care Law Unconstitutional  —  A federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that the individual mandate contained in the health care law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama this year is unconstitutional.
Stephanie Cutter / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Today's Health Care Court Ruling
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, ACS Blog and TPMDC
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Out of Power Soon, and Out of Sorts Now
Discussion: The Politico, Moe Lane and Betsy's Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate votes for tax cut deal. What's route through House?
ABCNEWS:
Obama Hails Senate Vote on Tax Deal
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Senate Advances Tax Cut Package
Doug McKelway / Fox News:
Steele Seeks Second Term As RNC Chair  —  Controversial Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who last month presided over the GOP's biggest electoral gains since 1938, announced Monday night that he is running for re-election.  —  Ending weeks of rumors that he would not seek …
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Fox News:
RNC Chairman Steele to Announce He Won't Run for Second Term
Fhardingj / CNN:
Former Steele adviser to enter RNC race
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Mchapman / CNSNews:
Michelle Obama on Deciding What Kids Eat: 'We Can't Just Leave it Up to The Parents'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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.”
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Tax deal: purists vs. dealmakers
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller appeals ruling on write-in vote count  —  Republican Joe Miller is taking his challenge to Alaska's U.S. Senate race to the state Supreme Court.  —  Miller filed his appeal Monday, three days after a lower court ruled against his lawsuit challenging how the state counted write-in ballots for his rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Discussion: The Note, Ballot Box and USA Today
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Brain Oddities: Spelling is Irrelevant to Comprehension  —  In trying to make sense of the world around us, our brains have evolved to do some very odd things.  The more we learn about our cognitive processes, the more it seems we have inherited a very weird wetware set, filled with bizarre and misleading foibles.
The Atlantic Online:
The Unknown Blogger Who Changed WikiLeaks Coverage  —  When historians look back at WikiLeaks and how the world's pundits tried to make sense of what was happening, they'll see a familiar list of sources: Foreign Policy's Evgeny Morozov, The Guardian's John Noughton, The New York Times' David Carr …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
More Talk of Severe Budget Cuts to Follow Tax Deal  —  The very long cloture vote is happening right now in the Senate on the motion to proceed to the tax cut bill.  Because some Senators have had issues getting to Washington, particularly from the snowed-in Midwest, the vote will be held open a while.
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.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
View Ladies Mock “Weeper Of The House” Boehner  —  Sure, it's a bit uncomfortable, weird, or whatever at points.  But I still appreciate where he's coming from and the position he has attained considering his background.  Barbara Walters would have been fair to say that Boehner is an emotional guy …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Hot Air
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Scalia To Teach Bachmann's Inaugural Class On The Constitution  —  Last week we noted that Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to have David Barton as one of the instructors for the weekly class on the Constitution that she is organizing for members of Congress.  —  On Friday, she told Lou Dobbs …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Pam's House Blend
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate expected to advance $858B tax, benefits package
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Lynn Sweet:
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Highway Terror  —  Reader AS looked up the Bureau of Transportation …
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The Note:
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Judge Rules Health Reform Mandate Unconstitutional
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The Politico:
Republicans say nix to Democrats' health law fix
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sharron Angle launches ‘Patriot Caucus’