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1:25 PM ET, January 4, 2011

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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 …
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The Politico:
House freshman throws a party - and GOP cringes  —  With Republican leaders anxious to set an austere tone for their ascendance into the House majority this week, the lavish fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday night at a trendy Washington hotel to benefit a dozen GOP freshmen is not exactly …
Wall Street Journal:
New Speaker Vows to Share Power—a Tricky Proposition  —  When John Boehner takes over one of the most powerful jobs in Washington this week, he says his first order of business is to make himself less powerful.  —  On Wednesday the new speaker of the House of Representatives plans to offer …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Republicans set Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law
Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Obama urges House, Senate GOP leaders to put politics aside
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.
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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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Plans To Implement The ‘Demon Pass’ They Once Decried  —  This week, House Republicans will resurrect an arcane tool that will give its Budget Chairman temporary, but unilateral authority to set federal spending levels for part of this year.  —  Welcome back to the so-called “Demon Pass” …
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Marc Schultz / Publishers Weekly:
Upcoming NewSouth ‘Huck Finn’ Eliminates the ‘N’ Word  —  Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic by most any measure—T.S. Eliot called it a masterpiece, and Ernest Hemingway pronounced it the source of “all modern American literature.”  Yet, for decades …
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Keith Staskiewicz / EW.com:
New edition of ‘Huckleberry Finn’ to lose the ‘n’ word  —  What is a word worth?  According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books' upcoming edition of Mark Twain's seminal novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remove all instances of the “n” word—I'll give you a hint, it's not nonesuch …
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 …
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Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Gitmo No Go: Obama May Defy Congress on the Controversial Prison Camp
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
Roger Hickey / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post refused to print this: President Obama, Ignore the Advice of Your Enemies.  Fight for Social Security and Medicare.  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  [Note: The following article was rejected by the Washington Post after I asked them to publish it, pointing …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Liberals fear betrayal by Obama on Social Security in new political climate
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.”
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions  —  Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics.
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 …
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John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:   The ACLU's untold Stalinist heritage
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin re-tweet raises questions  —  (CNN) - Normally, it's what Sarah Palin tweets that makes news.  This time it's what she has re-tweeted.  —  The former Alaska governor Monday relayed a comment from gay conservative pundit Tammy Bruce, who was expressing her criticism …
Carl Court / Newsweek:
Why Journalists Aren't Standing Up for WikiLeaks  —  Three reasons that efforts to prosecute Julian Assange aren't drawing more of an outcry about the First Amendment.  —  If you think prosecuting journalists is the province solely of the sort of authoritarian governments in the developing world …
Discussion: TalkLeft and NewsBusters.org blogs
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John Burns' “ministering angels” and “liberators”
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Report: At least one Dem likely to vote for repeal  —  At least one Democrat who voted against the healthcare reform law will likely vote for repeal next week, according to a report.  —  Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), one of 34 House Democrats who voted against the reform law, told Fox News he would likely vote for repeal.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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New York Times:
Prominent Ally of Pakistan's President Is Assassinated  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The governor of Pakistan's most important and populous province was assassinated by an elite police guard in Islamabad on Tuesday, plunging the already unstable national government into an even deeper crisis.
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Los Angeles Times:
With killing of governor Salman Taseer, Pakistan's government in turmoil
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Here's what one second of national debt looks like  —  If you're like most people not involved with drug trafficking, you don't often actually see U.S. money with more than one or two zeroes on it, as in $50 or $100.  —  Thus, Monday's news that the national debt was approaching the legal limit …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Koran Addo / WBRZ-TV:
Mass La. bird deaths puzzle investigators  —  LABARRE — Hundreds of dead and dying birds littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday as motorists drove over and around them.  —  State biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths …
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Helene C. Cooper / The Caucus:
Ron Klain Leaving Vice President's Staff
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Page
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
Ohio Ruling: No Substitution of Foreclosure Documents in Robo-Signing Cases  —  Thanks to an obscure ruling from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, mortgage lenders in the Cleveland, Ohio area trying to substitute new documents for ones found to be faulty will have 30 days to explain …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Philip Caulfield / NY Daily News:
Chilling photo captures Philippines politician's killer moments before he is shot dead  —  A politician in the Philippines who was shot dead while taking a photograph of his family on New Year's Day captured his killer on camera just seconds before the assassin fired the fatal shots.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / The Atlantic Online:
The Unexpected Return of ‘Duck and Cover’  —  Sixty years ago, in 1951, Ray Maurer and Anthony Rizzo produced a film for the federal government's Civil Defense agency in response to Soviet nuclear tests.  Featuring an animated turtle named Bert and real-life schoolchildren from New York …
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Reaches 50% for First Time Since Spring
The Huffington Post:
Holly Petraeus To Be Elizabeth Warren's Pick For Top Post …
Ruy Teixeira / Washington Monthly:
Make government more effective, not smaller
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. DeMint: ‘Say no to RINOs in 2011’
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Nine incoming House Democrats assume place in pecking order: the end
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Ends Construction of Doctor-Owned Hospitals
Rachel Quigley / Daily Mail:
Met Office knew big freeze was coming but hushed it up
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Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run:
Women or Wine? Monogamy and Alcohol
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