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7:35 PM ET, December 13, 2010

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Stephanie Cutter / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Today's Health Care Court Ruling  —  Today's narrow ruling in Virginia on the constitutionality of a provision of the Affordable Care Act is just one of many recent rulings on similar cases that have come down in recent months.  Since the law passed, opponents of reform have filed more than 20 different legal challenges.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, ACS Blog and TPMDC
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate votes for tax cut deal.  What's route through House?  —  In a victory for the White House, the Senate just passed a cloture motion on Obama's tax cut deal, getting it past a key procedural hurdle and moving it one step closer to law.  This isn't the final straight up or down vote.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Out of Power Soon, and Out of Sorts Now
Discussion: Moe Lane, The Politico and Betsy's Page
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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Doug McKelway / Fox News:
Sources Say Steele Will Seek 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, will announce tonight that he is running for re-election, Fox News has learned from two RNC members.
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The Note:
Gentry Collins Officially Announces RNC Chairman Bid
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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
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: Cold Fury and Verum Serum
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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
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.
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Michelle Obama has new warning on obesity  —  First lady Michelle Obama plans to warn in remarks Monday that the nation is seeing “a groundswell of support” for curbing childhood obesity, and she is unveiling new ammunition from current and retired military leaders.
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.
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.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Boehner: ‘I Reject The Word’ Compromise  —  During an interview with incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) last night on 60 Minutes, host Leslie Stahl noted that President Obama has said Boehner will “have a responsibility to govern” as Speaker.  “You can't just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower,” Obama said.
Lynn Sweet:
Senate has votes to ratify START treaty: To floor this week  —  WASHINGTON—The Obama White House has the votes to ratify the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, with the Senate preparing for a vote this week, the Sun-Times has learned.  The debate could come as early as Wednesday …
Discussion: National Review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Minnesota Republican Numbers  —  Michele Bachmann is by far and away the first choice of Minnesota Republicans to take on Amy Klobuchar in 2012.  36% say they'd most like to see her as their Senate candidate followed by Tim Pawlenty at 20% and Norm Coleman at 14%.
Discussion: Power Line and GOP 12
ABCNEWS:
Obama Hails Senate Vote on Tax Deal  —  Obama Calls on House to ‘Act Quickly’ on Vote in Order to ‘Grow the Economy’  —  President Obama praised the Senate today for taking the important first step toward passing the controversial tax plan he hashed out with Republicans …
 
 
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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Scalia To Teach Bachmann's Inaugural Class On The Constitution
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate expected to advance $858B tax, benefits package
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
View Ladies Mock “Weeper Of The House” Boehner
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 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Judge Rules Health Reform Mandate Unconstitutional
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
A Bad Deal for Judicial Nominees.
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’
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Manchin Supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal, But Will Vote …
Discussion: The Hill and AMERICAblog Gay
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Michael Shaw / The Huffington Post:
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