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11:20 AM ET, January 3, 2011


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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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Issa says Obama administration is ‘one of most corrupt’  —  The Republican congressman who is taking over responsibility for congressional oversight called President Obama's administration “one of the most corrupt administrations” on Sunday and predicted that the investigations he is planning …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
2 days until the 112th Congress: Sheriff Issa's top six targets — Mike Leavitt, Doug Heye leaving RNC - CBS' new ‘The Early Show’ cast launches - Facebook valued at $50B — Chef Geoff b'day  —  Good Monday morning — welcome back.  SCOOP: FIRST LOOK AT ISSA'S CHECKLIST — Jake Sherman …
Discussion: TPMDC
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Justice Department Braces For GOP Rule In House
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Austerity is first order for Boehner's installation as House speaker  —  Nancy Pelosi brought camera crews and dignitaries into her childhood Baltimore neighborhood where a street was being renamed in her honor, while John Boehner is bringing his 11 siblings from working-class Ohio to Washington for a private reunion.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories  —  WASHINGTON — Soon after the 112th Congress convenes Wednesday, Republicans in the House plan to make good on a campaign promise that helped vault many new members to victory: voting to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul.
Wall Street Journal:
Congress Targets Spending
Howard Wilkinson /
John Boehner vows to uphold his pledge as Speaker of the House
Discussion: Right Wing News
Fox News:
Top House Republican Predicts ‘Significant’ …
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.
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Steele Fires Back, Responds To Critics
Discussion: The Note and The Caucus
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint wants ‘big showdown’ with Dems over debt ceiling  —  Republicans should prepare for a “showdown” with President Obama and congressional Democrats over raising the debt ceiling, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Monday.  —  DeMint, a de-facto leader of Senate conservatives and many Tea Party senators …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Lindsey Graham Joins the Loonies  —  The U.S. appears to be the only country in the developed world that forbids its government from accumulating debt without authorizing legislation.  And that's led to some scary moments, including one that the economist Henry Aaron shared with me recently.
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
DeMint Demands Showdown On Increasing Debt Ceiling
Discussion: GOP 12
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Deep Hole Economics  —  If there's one piece of economic wisdom I hope people will grasp this year, it's this: Even though we may finally have stopped digging, we're still near the bottom of a very deep hole.  —  Why do I need to point this out?  Because I've noticed many people overreacting to recent good economic news.
Mossad behind Egypt church blast  —  The explosion at a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, which left 21 people killed and another 80 Muslims and Christians wounded, raises one question: Who was behind the blast?  —  Although, at first glance, the finger is pointed at extremist Wahabi …
Vanity Fair:
The Febraury 2011 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll  —  Americans are numerically at a loss after a trillion.  To balance the budget, most of them would choose to tax the rich.  And as far as memories go, they'd prefer to keep them.  (All of them.)  —  Numbers games this month: What comes after a trillion?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Tax hikes on rich first step to balance budget
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
NY Daily News:
Garbage pile saves Vangelis (Angelo) Kapatos, 26, who tried to commit suicide in midtown  —  A suicidal man plummeted nine stories and survived in midtown Sunday when he landed on a mountain of trash that had piled up since last week's blizzard, officials said.
Discussion: Gothamist, New York Times and AOL News
Christian Science Monitor:
European nations begin seizing private pensions  —  Hungary, Poland, and three other nations take over citizens' pension money to make up government budget shortfalls.  —  People's retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don't want to reduce spending or make privatizations.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Is Charlie Crist a potential VP Pick...for Obama?  —  In spite of assertions made to the contrary by Vice President Joe Biden, speculation continues to swirl around the possibility that President Obama will replace Biden on the 2012 Presidential ticket for someone with less of a propensity …
Female Navy Flier: Videos Taken Out of Context  —  Raunchy Videos Made Aboard the USS Enterprise Could Cost Commander His Job  —  A series of raunchy videos created and distributed aboard an aircraft carrier have been taken out of context, a former female Navy pilot said today.
Discussion: AOL News and TPMMuckraker
Goldman Invests in Facebook at $50 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook, the popular social networking site, has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, according to people involved in the transaction.
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