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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Voids Key Part of 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, TPMDC and RedState
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Judge: Individual mandate is unconstitutional
Discussion: Firedoglake, ABCNEWS and Sky Dancing
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:   Judge Rules Health Reform Mandate Unconstitutional
Lee Ross / Fox News:
Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Virginia's Central Challenge to Health Care Law
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Virginia Judge Declares Health Care Mandate Unconstitutional
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
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 …
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Kristinn / freerepublic.com:
Media Creates New Palin Scandal! …
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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer sees ‘some room’ to amend tax package in House
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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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.
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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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Justice Stephen Breyer on “Fox News Sunday.”
Discussion: Instapundit
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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
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sharron Angle launches ‘Patriot Caucus’  —  Former Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle is angling to lead the tea party movement heading into 2012.  —  Angle over the weekend unveiled the Patriot Caucus, a PAC that she says has the support of tea party organizers in 15 states and which will …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and CNN
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
A Bad Deal for Judicial Nominees.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Carl Levin: Obama Lacks ‘A Willingness To Fight Hard’ …
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.
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.
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mike Pence back to South Carolina for fundraiser  —  Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is set to headline a high-dollar fundraiser in South Carolina with Gov.-elect Nikki Haley.  —  Pence, who's weighing a White House bid, will appear at the Wednesday night fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
GOP Rep. Pence Is Part Reagan, Part Kennedy
Discussion: Ballot Box and National Review
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: CNN, The Note and The Blotter
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.
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Boehner Cries, Claims He Doesn't Go Tanning In 60 Minutes Interview (VIDEO)
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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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to roll out Afghanistan review
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