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9:30 PM ET, January 3, 2011

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate Dems warn Boehner: Don't bother with healthcare repeal  —  The 112th Congress doesn't begin until Wednesday, but Senate Democrats are already vowing to block any attempts by the new GOP-led House to repeal the healthcare reform law.  —  The Senate's top Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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Aharding / CNN:
House GOP to move this week on health care repeal  —  Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Republicans plan to try to repeal the health care law almost immediately after taking control of the House, setting the stage for an early confrontation with President Obama.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems playing rough on health reform?  —  More signs Dems are going to get aggressive in the battle with the GOP over the repeal of health reform.  —  In an interview with me just now, Dem Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is one of the best there is at framing liberal arguments in pugnacious terms …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
House GOP to vote on health repeal next week  —  House Republicans will vote next week to repeal the new health care law, making good on a top-tier GOP campaign promise and setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Austerity is first order for Boehner's installation as House speaker
Lauren Hope Vicary / Politics Daily:   Making good on one of their high-profile, election-year promises …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House sets Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law
Discussion: Roll Call
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Dems to Boehner: We'll block your repeal push
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Consider William Daley for Top White House Post  —  President Barack Obama is considering naming William Daley, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former U.S. Commerce secretary, to a high-level White House post, possibly as his chief of staff, people familiar with the matter said.
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Fox News:
Cops: Former Bush Aide Murdered, Found in Landfill  —  A man who fought to get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built and served in two Bush administrations was murdered, Delaware police say.  —  John P. Wheeler III, 66, was found dead in a Delaware landfill, and his death has been ruled a homicide by Newark, Del., police.
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:   John P Wheeler III
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations  —  Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high-profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress.
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Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
There's One Huge State Budget Crisis That Everyone Is Refusing To Talk About  —  You know the story and you know the names: states like Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and California are supposed to be in huge financial trouble thanks to bloated governments, business-unfriendly regulations, and strong public sector unions.
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Says New Congress Should Prioritize Threat Of ‘Infiltration Of The Sharia Practice’ In U.S.  —  Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a newly-elected member who has loudly scapegoated Muslims and campaigned on a promise to oppose religious diversity, appeared on Frank Gaffney's radio program last week.
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Alex Weprin / mediabistro.com:
John Roberts To Join Fox News Channel  —  Former CNN “American Morning” anchor John Roberts is expected to join FOX News Channel as a senior national correspondent, based in Atlanta.  —  He will be reporting on major domestic and international stories for the network.  —  Update: FNC has made it official.
The Politico:
Majority of RNC against Michael Steele  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele faces an all-but-impossible path to reelection this month, as a majority of the RNC's 168 members indicate that they will not support the controversial chairman for another term.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT RNC LEADERS READ.... The five main candidates vying …
Discussion: TPMDC and The Fix
Carl / Israel Matzav:
Of course, let's blame the Jews; UPDATED  —  Islamic Jihad (Hat Tip: Elder of Ziyon), Iran's Press TV and a top Lebanese Shiite Muslim leader (Hat Tip: Jihad Watch) have all blamed ‘Zionists’ for the car bombing at a Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt late Friday night.  This is from the second link.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Ahmadinejad Was Slapped by General, Leaked Cable Says  —  Last January, as Iran's leadership struggled to contain postelection protests, nerves frayed to such an extent that the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was slapped in the face by a military commander at one contentious meeting …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Unborn Paradox  —  The American entertainment industry has never been comfortable with the act of abortion.  Film or television characters might consider the procedure, but even on the most libertine programs (a “Mad Men,” a “Sex and the City"), they're more likely to have a change of heart than actually go through with it.
Dafna Linzer / ProPublica:
Administration Prepares to Defy Efforts to Limit Obama's Options for Guantanamo  —  Update (4:25 p.m.): This story has been updated to reflect our latest reporting with the addition of a third sentence in the second paragraph.  —  Obama administration officials say they plan …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
He Entered Congress Swinging, and Exits That Way  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — He has zero faith in the incoming speaker of the House, John A. Boehner, whom he calls a “tool of special interest.”  —  He derides the Tea Party's successes as “bought and paid for by the enormously rich and the selfish.”
Noah Kristula-Green / FrumForum:
How O'Donnell Brought Down the Delaware GOP  —  The FBI is investigating whether Christine O'Donnell misused campaign funds during her Senate run.  While we wait to find out whether she's guilty on that count, we already know that she is guilty in another way: for destroying and cannibalizing the Republican Party in Delaware.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Pence for President  —  If confession is good for the soul, let me pour out my soul for you.  As I stood at the beginning of 2008, I find myself in the same position here as we now begin the very real discussions of who should be the candidate for the GOP in 2012.
Ezra Klein:
Some thoughts — and graphs — on inequality and income  —  I've been spending some time thinking about income inequality for a piece I'm writing.  As part of it, I made this graph comparing trends in inequality — as measured by the share of pre-tax income that goes to the top 1 percent …
Christina Bellantoni / Roll Call:
President's Re-Election Transition Begins With OFA Layoffs  —  The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America has started laying off staff in multiple states as the first phase of a restructuring before the official kickoff of President Barack Obama's re-election bid.
Discussion: Moe Lane, Weasel Zippers and Gawker
David Cole / New York Times:
Chewing Gum for Terrorists  —  DID former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Tom Ridge, a former homeland security secretary, and Frances Townsend, a former national security adviser, all commit a federal crime last month in Paris when they spoke in support …
 
 
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Jonathan Murray / The Politico:
Climate change: Next security threat
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Michael B. Keegan / The Huffington Post:
A Gay Tempest in the Tea Party
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Conservative Seeks Balance on His Way to Senate
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Poll: Nearly half of voters don't believe key healthcare promise by Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Prairie Weather
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GETTING THE OLD GANG BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.... By the time disgraced …
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David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Eco-bulb cost to treble: Makers cash in as the ban on old-style bulbs kicks in
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Lindsey Graham Joins the Loonies
Christian Science Monitor:
European nations begin seizing private pensions