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12:20 AM ET, January 4, 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.
Terry / CNSNews:
Republican Congressman: Ban Funding of Obamacare in Every Appropriations Bill This Year  —  (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) says that House Republicans should include language that prohibits any funding for implementation of Obamacare in literally every appropriations bill that passes …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans schedule vote on healthcare repeal for next week
Discussion: The Politico and Michelle Malkin
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GETTING THE OLD GANG BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.... By the time disgraced …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Lauren Hope Vicary / Politics Daily:   House Republicans Plan Vote to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ on Jan. 12
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House sets Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law
Discussion: Roll Call
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: New Obama chief of staff might be ... William Daley
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Moe Lane
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
William Daley at Top of Obama List for White House Chief of Staff
Discussion: The Confluence
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cummings wants agreement between Issa and White House
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
The Huffington Post:
Scalia: Women Don't Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation, according to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Advocate
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callawyer.com:
THE ORIGINALIST  —  Last October marked the 24th anniversary of Justice Antonin Scalia's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Well known for his sharp wit as well as his originalist approach to the Constitution, Justice Scalia consistently asks more questions during oral arguments and makes …
Discussion: Raw Story and Pam's House Blend
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.
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
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 …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama May Bypass Guantánamo Rules, Aides Say
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run:
Women or Wine?  Monogamy and Alcohol  —  The headline is the title of an intriguing new working paper [PDF] by two University of Leuven economists Mara Squicciarini and Jo Swinnen.  The two note an interesting correlation between societies that practice monogamy and those that drink alcohol.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National Debt Tops $14 Trillion  —  The latest posting today of the National Debt shows it has topped $14 trillion for the first time.  —  The U.S. Treasury website today reported that as of last Friday, the last day of 2010, the National Debt stood at $14,025,215,218,708.52.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Lindsey Graham Joins the Loonies
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT RNC LEADERS READ.... The five main candidates vying for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee met today for a debate, which by most accounts, was of greater interest to political reporters than RNC members.  One of the lighter moments, however, was arguably the most interesting.
Discussion: TPMDC and The Fix
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The Politico:
Majority of RNC against Michael Steele
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Michael Steele Defends RNC Expenditures on U.S. Territories
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Snort: Now the Dems are worried about wasteful “witch hunts”  —  After decades of indulgent public floggings and ideological fishing expeditions led by chief congressional inquisitor Henry Waxman (see here here here here for starters), Democrats are suddenly worried about abuse of investigative powers.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations
 
 
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Drug Legalization and the Labor Market
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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:
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Christina Bellantoni / Roll Call:
President's Re-Election Transition Begins With OFA Layoffs
Discussion: Moe Lane, Weasel Zippers and Gawker
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Poll: Nearly half of voters don't believe key healthcare promise by Obama