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6:35 PM ET, January 2, 2011


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: GOPer calls Obama administration ‘corrupt’  —  (CNN) - The incoming House Oversight and Government Reform chairman on Sunday tried to clarify his recent remarks to Rush Limbaugh where he called President Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.”
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Issa says he won't investigate White House job offer to Sestak  —  The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Sunday that he won't investigate the Obama administration for offering a job to a Democratic House member to keep him out of a Senate race.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
New GOP lawmaker gets first taste of clash with House Dems  —  An incoming Republican freshman got a taste of his Democratic opposition in the House before the 112th Congress even convened.  —  Rep.-elect Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) appeared on “Face the Nation” Sunday with Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann …
Discussion: The Politico
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABCNEWS:
Goolsbee to Tea Party: ‘Playing Chicken’ With Debt Ceiling Vote is ‘Insanity’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama adviser: Critics of raising debt ceiling ruled by ‘insanity’
Jimmy So / CBS News:
House Will Have Tough Time With Bipartisanship
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS ON REPEAL.... At least we know what one of the first bills to receive a vote will be in the new House. … Maybe so.  But there's almost certainly a realization on everyone's part that House Republicans are doing this for show.  If passed, their repeal measure …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Healthcare repeal bill coming before Obama's annual address
Kendra Marr / The Politico:   House GOP plans two-pronged assault on health law
Dave Barry / Washington Post:
Dave Barry's Year in Review: Why 2010 Made Us Sick  —  Let's put things into perspective: 2010 was not the worst year ever.  There have been MUCH worse years.  For example, toward the end of the Cretaceous Period, Earth was struck by an asteroid that wiped out about 75 percent of all of the species on the planet.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
‘Nostradamus’ of Middle East predicts unprecedented crisis for Obama in 2011  —  The Middle East's answer to Nostradamus said that President Obama will be confronted with situations “never faced by previous presidents” in 2011.  —  Michel Hayek, who delivered his predictions live on New Year's Eve …
and breaking:
Millions tune in for 2011 predictions
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Activists Angry at G.O.P. Leaders  —  As Tea Party politicians prepare to take their seats when the 112th Congress convenes this week, they are already taking issue with Republicans for failing to hold the line against the flurry of legislation enacted in the waning weeks …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Equality, a True Soul Food  —  John Steinbeck observed that “a sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”  —  That insight, now confirmed by epidemiological studies, is worth bearing in mind at a time of such polarizing inequality that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess …
Kevin McKeough / Chicago Tribune:
Chuck Berry falls ill during Chicago show, but refuses hospital  —  (Joel Wintermantle for the Chicago Tribune / January 1, 2011)  —  About an hour into a rapidly-deteriorating concert at the Congress Theater Saturday night, Chuck Berry slumped over an accompanist's keyboard before being helped offstage.
Discussion:, Althouse and
Joe Camel / The Blaze:
IT'S JOBS, STUPID: DNC CHAIR KAINE ADMITS OBAMA WAS TOO BUSY WITH WARS AND OBAMACARE TO CARE ABOUT AMERICAN JOBS  —  How can these folks say anything with a straight face to the American public?  —  Report Post »  —  Log in to Reply  —  NUTTYVET  —  “Stopped one of them”?
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Glenn Harlan Reynolds' Sunday Reflection: Modest proposals to help the new Congress survive and America to thrive  —  With the new Congress being sworn in this week, everyone is full of advice.  Well, I'm no exception.  The first advice comes from Han Solo in the debut “Star Wars” film: “Don't get cocky.”
Discussion: Don Surber
New York Post:
Topics  —  Ahhh more hard taxpayer money at work.  —  bloombergwantsavictorymosque  —  Q: Why was Obama so disappointed when he went to a screening of The Men Who Stare at Goats?  —  A: Being a Muslim, he thought there would be more romance.  —  Uncommon Sense  —  Business as usual in the rotten Big Apple.
Washington Post:
With Air Force's new drone, ‘we can see everything’  —  In ancient times, Gorgon was a mythical Greek creature whose unblinking eyes turned to stone those who beheld them.  In modern times, Gorgon may be one of the military's most valuable new tools.  —  This winter, the Air Force is set …
Michael Haederle / Los Angeles Times:
A rising GOP star in Santa Fe  —  New Mexico's first Latina governor, Susana Martinez, faces an array of stiff budget challenges when she takes office.  —  New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez, right, with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is a rising star in national Republican circles …
Barry Massey / Associated Press:
Martinez becomes NM gov as new year starts
Discussion: BizzyBlog and
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
SICK.  OBAMA IS MAKING UP MUSLIM VICTIMS In Egyptian Terror Attack  —  21 Christians were murdered last night when a car bomb exploded as they were leaving New Year's Mass.  —  A man mourns over a family member killed in a car bomb attack on a Christian church in Alexandria on January 1, 2011.
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