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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.
John Cook / Gawker:
Judge Who Ruled Health Care Reform Unconstitutional Owns Piece of GOP Consulting Firm  —  Henry E. Hudson, the federal judge in Virginia who just ruled health care reform unconstitutional, owns between $15,000 and $50,000 in a GOP political consulting firm that worked against health care reform.
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 …
New York Times:   Law Will Proceed, Administration Says
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Significant Error in Judge Hudson's Opinion
Discussion: TalkLeft, Balkinization and Daily Kos
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
The Radicalism of Judge Hudson's Health Care Law Decision
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Richard Holbrooke Has Died  —  ABC News has learned that Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died.  —  On Friday, Holbrooke was rushed to the hospital with a torn aorta.  He went through more than 20 hours of surgery.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Richard Holbrooke dies: Veteran U.S. diplomat brokered Dayton peace accords  —  Longtime U.S. diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke, whose relentless prodding and deft maneuvering yielded the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia - a success he hoped to repeat as President Obama's chief envoy …
ABCNEWS:
Richard Holbrooke  —  It was there that Holbrooke had some of his most dramatic moments of diplomacy and statecraft.  In the mid-1990s, he served as assistant secretary of state for Europe, where he brokered peace in the Balkans, crafting the Dayton Peace Accords that ended years of brutal fighting in Bosnia.
Discussion: FP Passport, Pat Dollard and AmSpecBlog
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Strong American Voice in Diplomacy and Crisis  —  Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2009 and a diplomatic troubleshooter who worked for every Democratic president since the late 1960s and oversaw the negotiations that ended …
Joe Sterling / CNN:
Holbrooke dies days after aorta tear  —  (CNN) — Richard C. Holbrooke, the high-octane diplomat who spearheaded the end of the Bosnian war and most recently served as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile Afghan-Pakistani war zone, has died, officials said.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Passing of Richard Holbrooke
Discussion: TPMDC, The Washington Note and SWJ Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Huge Senate majority votes to advance $858B tax package  —  President Obama's $858 billion tax package won a huge bipartisan majority in the Senate Monday evening, setting it up for a contentious debate in the House.  —  In a 83-15 vote, the Senate quashed a filibuster by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Va.).
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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll finds broad bipartisan support for tax package
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Senate Advances Tax Cut Package
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate votes for tax cut deal. What's route through House?
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Tax Cut Deal Wildly Popular
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Broad Backing for Obama-GOP Tax Deal
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wake up America
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate expected to advance $858B tax, benefits package
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and SENATUS
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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CNN:
TRENDING: Steele admits stumbles, announces re-election bid
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and ABCNEWS
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Larry Summers' Warning About The Growth Of Government (Transcript)  —  In the Wall Street Journal today, Tim Pawlenty published a self-serving essay about his own bravery in taking on the public employee unions in his state, who never really supported him anyway.
Discussion: Economist's View
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Tim Pawlenty / Wall Street Journal:
Government Unions vs. Taxpayers
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
A Bad Deal for Judicial Nominees.  —  Last on the Senate's to-do list: judicial confirmations: … With a huge number of vacancies on the nation's lower courts, some judges are better than none, but it doesn't hurt to note that this is a bad deal.  As of last week, there were 38 judicial nominees approved …
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Tax-Cut Bill Draws Wide Support in Senate
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: USA Today, The Note and Ballot Box
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.
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 …
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: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org blogs
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
No Labels: No Specifics, No Coherence, No Point.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod admits some parts of tax compromise ‘odious’ …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Procrastination economics  —  This is the wrong time to raise taxes, say the politicians.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Designer: No Labels lifted penguins of bipartisanship
Discussion: Gothamist, Moe Lane and City Room
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Scalia To Teach Bachmann's Inaugural Class On The Constitution
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Hails Senate Vote on Tax Deal
Lynn Sweet:
Senate has votes to ratify START treaty: To floor this week
Discussion: National Review
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Highway Terror  —  Reader AS looked up the Bureau of Transportation …
Discussion: Swampland
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
filibernie: The Word Cloud of Sanders' Senate Speech
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Minnesota Republican Numbers
Discussion: Power Line and GOP 12
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Judge Rules Health Reform Mandate Unconstitutional