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1:50 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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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.
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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
BREAKING: Virginia judge rules health care mandate unconstitutional  —  By: CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears  —  (CNN) - A Virginia federal judge on Monday found a key part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform law unconstitutional - setting the stage …
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Lee Ross / Fox News:
Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Virginia's Central Challenge to Health Care Law  —  Casting an unmistakable and perhaps permanent pockmark on the face of the Obama administration, a federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that a major component of the new health care reform law is unconstitutional.
The Politico:
Judge: Individual mandate is unconstitutional
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Firedoglake
Bloomberg:
U.S. Health-Care Law Requirement Thrown Out by Judge
msnbc.com:
Va. federal judge strikes down health care law
Larry O'Dell / Associated Press:
Judge in Va. strikes down federal health care law
Discussion: Daily Kos, Scared Monkeys and Hit & Run
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. judge rejects part of new healthcare law
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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
Discussion: The Politico, Moe Lane and Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Deal Set to Pass Senate
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.
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.
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
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Boehner Cries, Claims He Doesn't Go Tanning In 60 Minutes Interview (VIDEO)  —  Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who cried during an emotional speech on election night, let the tears flow once again in an interview with Leslie Stahl of “60 Minutes” which aired Sunday.
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Boehner: ‘I Reject The Word’ Compromise
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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People-Press.org:
Tax Cuts Win Broad Bipartisan Support
Fox News:
Breyer: Founding Fathers Would Have Allowed Restrictions on Guns  —  If you look at the values and the historical record, you will see that the Founding Fathers never intended guns to go unregulated, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer contended Sunday.  —  Appearing on “Fox News Sunday …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breyer: Madison wrote 2nd Amendment to appease the states
Discussion: Verum Serum
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.
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 …
 
 
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USA Today:
Obama's economic guru predicts low demand for years
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Michelle Obama has new warning on obesity
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Paul Bedard / US News:
GOP Rep. Pence Is Part Reagan, Part Kennedy
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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James Verini / Washington Monthly:
Show Him the Money  —  Tom Donohue scares millions of dollars …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sharron Angle launches ‘Patriot Caucus’
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