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11:50 AM 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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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
Fox News:
House GOP Health Care Repeal Could Pick Up a Few Dem Votes
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Rules for Smaller Government
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Aharding / CNN:
Obama: ‘Plenty of time to campaign in 2012’
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
Roger Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Rediscovers the Constitution
Discussion: National Review and Cold Fury
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 …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Liberals fear betrayal by Obama on Social Security in new political climate  —  Liberal groups say they are increasingly worried that President Obama will strike a deal with Republicans on Social Security in exchange for a ‘yes’ vote on increasing the nation's debt ceiling.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Helene C. Cooper / The Caucus:
Ron Klain Leaving Vice President's Staff  —  Updated It's not just President Obama who is looking for a new chief of staff.  —  Ron Klain, Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff, is leaving his post at the end of January.  —  Mr. Klain will become president of Case Holdings …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Page
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Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Consider William Daley for Top White House Post
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Incoming House GOP chairmen have a long list of issues to investigate  —  House Republican leaders announced plans Monday for congressional investigations into a wide range of issues, from corruption in Afghanistan to Washington's regulation of private industries, using the power of their new majority …
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Darren Goode / The Politico:
Issa to business: Tell me what to fix
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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
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
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
Steve Everley / American Solutions:
Top Five Things Obama Has Done to Raise Gasoline Prices  —  With gasoline currently above $3 per gallon nationwide and economists expecting that price to rise even further in 2011, America should be getting serious about producing more of its own resources.  But instead of focusing on how to bring …
Leslie Scism / Wall Street Journal:
Insurers Sued Over Death Bets  —  Scrutiny on Secondary-Market Policies That Paid Investors When Others Died  —  New investor lawsuits are emerging amid the wreckage of an investment boom in life-insurance policies that spectacularly collapsed.  —  The suits involve the secondary market in life policies …
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.
Howey Politics Indiana:
Jack Colwell: START a big victory for Lugar  —  SOUTH BEND - Republican leaders in the Senate, anxious to hinder President Obama, no matter the cost, turned what they could have hailed as a Republican success into a major victory for the president, a stinging defeat for them.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
 
 
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Tim Mak / FrumForum:
Tucker and Grover End Bitter Feud
Howey Politics Indiana:
Morton Marcus: Hoosier economic development endangered
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Plan Push to Curtail Use of Filibusters
Tricia Miller / Roll Call:
2012 Hopefuls to Celebrate Reagan Centennial
Discussion: TPMDC
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Food-Safety Funding Likely to Be Targeted by Republican House Majority
Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Anonymity and the Dark Side of the Internet
Discussion: TalkLeft, citmedialaw.org and Eschaton
Oregonian:
Are recent snows from global warming?
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
 Earlier Items: 
Kathleen Hunter / Roll Call:
Shuler Plans Symbolic Challenge to Pelosi's Leadership
Discussion: USA Today and TBogg
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama and Air Force One: It's good to have a 747
Discussion: Hot Air and Ric's Rulez
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Nine incoming House Democrats assume place in pecking order: the end
Discussion: The Note and USA Today
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Overheating East to falter before the bankrupt West recovers
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Ends Construction of Doctor-Owned Hospitals
Discussion: theblogprof
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Surprise: Russian Duma To Codify Missile Defense Language in New START
Rachel Quigley / Daily Mail:
Met Office knew big freeze was coming but hushed it up
Discussion: Biased BBC and EU Referendum
Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run:
Women or Wine? Monogamy and Alcohol
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite