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8:40 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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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Strict Obstructionist  —  Mitch McConnell is a master manipulator and strategist— the unheralded architect of the Republican resurgence.  Now that his relentless tactics have made his party victorious, he is poised to take down the president and win the Senate majority he covets …
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Incoming House GOP chairmen have a long list of issues to investigate
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems playing rough on health reform?
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans schedule vote on healthcare repeal for next week
Lauren Hope Vicary / Politics Daily:   House Republicans Plan Vote to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ on Jan. 12
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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Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
William Daley at Top of Obama List for White House Chief of Staff … The Obama White House is considering William Daley as the new chief of staff, but no final decisions have been made, and interim chief of staff Peter Rouse still has not finalized whether he wants to stay.
Discussion: The Confluence
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
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama May Bypass Guantánamo Rules, Aides Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's legal advisers, confronting the prospect of new restrictions on the transfer of Guantánamo detainees, are debating whether to recommend that he issue a signing statement asserting that his executive powers …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and TigerHawk
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Dafna Linzer / ProPublica:
Administration Prepares to Defy Efforts to Limit Obama's Options for Guantanamo
Discussion: Oliver Willis, TalkLeft and Emptywheel
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Debt-ceiling vote first test for new Republican majority?
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Right Pundits
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.
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
RNC Candidates: Marriage Is ‘Foundational In Our Lives,’ But Gay People Should Be Excluded  —  During today's RNC debate, all four candidates vying to replace current RNC Chairman Michael Steele reiterated their opposition to expanding marriage rights to gay and lesbian people …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bill Daley talks West Wing with Rahm - Sperling expected to get Summers' job this week or next - House GOP to vote cuts on Day 2 - Michael Allen to House intel - Embler promoted - Emily Bittner to Man  —  Good Tuesday morning.  CHARLES PETERS, in the new Washington Monthly …
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
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Vulture in Saudi Custody Suspected as Mossad Agent  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Saudi Arabian security forces have captured a vulture that was carrying a global positioning satellite (GPS) transmitter and a ring etched with the words “Tel Aviv University.”
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Gideon Rachman / Foreign Policy:
Think Again: American Decline  —  This time it's for real.  —  “We've Heard All This About American Decline Before.”  —  This time it's different.  —  It's certainly true that America has been through cycles of declinism in the past.  Campaigning for the presidency in 1960 …
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.
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Surprise: Russian Duma To Codify Missile Defense Language in New START  —  Many opponents of the New START treaty with Russia argued that a significant disconnect between the two parties over defensive weapons systems should have scotched, or at least delayed, ratification.
delawareonline:
(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.
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Fox News:
Cops: Former Bush Aide Murdered, Found in Landfill
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 …
 
 
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Alok Jha / Guardian:
Study shows sharp US decline in bees
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Abortion, Adoption, Supply and Demand
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
British consulate employees in Jerusalem linked to terror attack
Rachel Quigley / Daily Mail:
Met Office knew big freeze was coming but hushed it up
Discussion: Biased BBC and EU Referendum
Amie Ferris-Rotman / CANOE:
Church set on fire in Russia's Muslim Caucasus
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Reid Set a Filibuster Record
BBC:
Coptic churches in Europe report attack threats
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Ahmadinejad Was Slapped by General, Leaked Cable Says
Discussion: Mediaite
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Drug Legalization and the Labor Market
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Poll: Nearly half of voters don't believe key healthcare promise by Obama