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4:26 PM 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.
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.
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cummings wants agreement between Issa and White House
Discussion: The Politico
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
DeMint Demands Showdown On Increasing Debt Ceiling
Discussion: TPMDC, GOP 12, National Review and CBS News
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
John P Wheeler III  —  I was stunned to learn tonight that my long-time friend Jack Wheeler has been murdered in Delaware.  He was last seen getting off an Amtrak train from Washington at the Wilmington, DE, station this past Tuesday night; then, as a gruesome and cryptic local story recounts …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
(2 of 2)  —  The Marinis home is under construction at the entrance of Battery Park along the Delaware River.  —  Regina Marini said she wanted to move back to her hometown with her mother.  But the fight over construction dragged and her mother died before the home was built.
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Senate Dems warn Boehner: Don't bother with healthcare repeal
New York Times:
G.O.P. Newcomers Set Out to Undo Obama Victories
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.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Michael Steele defends time as RNC chairman
Discussion: CNN and The Political Carnival
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 …
Emptywheel:   More New York Republicans Providing Material Support to Terrorists
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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: Gawker
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.
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?
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Conservative Seeks Balance on His Way to Senate  —  ZIONSVILLE, Pa. — Patrick J. Toomey was elected to the Senate in November as part of the Republican revolution, with a big assist from Tea Party activists, an endorsement from Sarah Palin and the expectation that he would join …
Evan Halper / PolitiCal:
Schwarzenegger commutes prison sentence of Fabian Nuñez's son [Updated]  —  In his final night before leaving office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez who had pleaded guilty to taking part in the slaying of a college student.
Michael B. Keegan / The Huffington Post:
A Gay Tempest in the Tea Party  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Is the Tea Party-era GOP having its first big family feud?  The movement's disciples and many of the leaders they empowered will gather in February at the annual Reagan-worshiping Conservative Political Action Conference.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
Matt Danzico / BBC:
Educational programme brings foreigners to North Korea  —  The programme brings students from the US, UK, Canada and other nations into North Korea  —  Amid the ongoing tensions between North Korea and the international community, a educational scheme created by two young men from the US …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Babalú Blog
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Eco-bulb cost to treble: Makers cash in as the ban on old-style bulbs kicks in  —  The price of energy-saving light bulbs will treble as the final supplies of traditional bulbs dry up, industry experts have warned.  —  The Government has ordered energy companies to scrap the subsidies …
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David Siders / Sacramento Bee:
Brown's third inaugural may offer hope amid the gloom
Discussion: USA Today and Online NewsHour
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:
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New York Post:
Botching the basics  —  It was Fiorello La Guardia …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
How Videogames Are Changing the Economy
Discussion: Classical Values
Jed Babbin / American Spectator:
Let's Ban Ivy League ROTC
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Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Moving Beyond Fannie and Freddie
Discussion: EconLog
NY Daily News:
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