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7:50 PM ET, January 4, 2011

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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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner fires back at Dem senators with vow to push forward with repeal  —  Incoming House Speaker John Boehner's office (R-Ohio) pointedly vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with legislation repealing healthcare reform.  —  Boehner's office responded to a letter sent by the Senate's top five Democrats …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Eric Cantor: Health Care Repeal Will Happen Because “It Was Litigated …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Boehner working behind-the-scenes for RNC candidate
Discussion: Ballot Box and TPMDC
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:   Tea Party skeptics to support Boehner for Speaker, aides say
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 …
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Tammy Bruce:
A Few Brief Thoughts on a Sarah Palin ReTweet  —  As you can tell from my previous post about the USS Enterprise situation a Palin ReTweet of one of my Tweets seems to have become another story unto itself.  I've been getting tons of emails asking me to expand a bit on what I think the RT means.
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 …
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Santorum Takes Aim at Romney, Palin  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., at a Capitol Hill coffee shop, trying to give a jolt to his presidential ambitions.  —  Rick Santorum the senator didn't shy from controversy.  Apparently, neither will Rick Santorum the presidential candidate.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and GOP 12
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee's the best bet for now  —  My main thought on the Republican Presidential field as 2011 begins is that the party needs someone outside the current top 4 of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich to come out of the pack and win the nomination.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, TPMDC and GOP 12
Washington Post:
Obama weighs major reshuffling of staff  —  As President Obama returns from Hawaii, he is weighing a major reshuffling of his staff that could see as many as eight people playing new key roles in the weeks ahead, Democrats familiar with the process said.  —  Obama has been mulling for months …
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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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Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
A power grab that the GOP avoided  —  When the 112th Congress convenes Wednesday, some of us will be thinking back to a vote that occurred 15 years earlier to the day.  Just two months after securing a congressional majority for the first time in 40 years, Republicans strode into the Senate chamber …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Blogcritics, TPMDC and The Hill
Tom Udall / Washington Post:
A Senate new year's resolution: Fixing a broken set of rules
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Scalia: Constitution does not protect women against discrimination  —  Justice Antonin Scalia has weighed in on the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, leaving women's rights activists seething.  —  In an interview with California Lawyer, Scalia said that the Constitution itself does …
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callawyer.com:
THE ORIGINALIST  —  Last October marked the 24th anniversary …
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Citizenship for Babies Looms as Immigration Fight
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hit & Run
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
G.O.P. Sets Up Huge Target for Budget Ax  —  WASHINGTON — The incoming Republican majority in the House is moving to make good on its promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending this year, a goal eagerly backed by conservatives but one carrying substantial political and economic risks.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Plans To Implement The ‘Demon Pass’ They Once Decried
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Theater Audience Boos Tea Party Billionaire David Koch  —  David Koch masks his role as one of the top financiers of the Tea Party movement and pro-polluter front groups by loudly tacking his name to more laudable charities, like the New York city ballet.  Koch, who has professed his devotion to …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
9th Circuit Sends Prop.  8 Case Back To California Supreme Court On Certified Question  —  I just received an automated e-mail from the 9th Circuit, as follows (emphasis mine): … Here is the certified question centering on whether the proponents of Prop. 8 have standing under California state law:
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Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Prop 8: 9th Circuit Appears Ready to Grant Proponents Standing to Appeal
Discussion: Daily Kos and Pam's House Blend
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 …
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Is Kathy Griffin Going Too Far Targeting 16-Year Old Willow Palin?  —  Kathy Griffin was booed by U.S. troops when she made “fat jokes” about Bristol Palin at a Dec. 4, 2010 VH1 event.  (Reuters)  —  Kathy Griffin announced her New Year's resolution to continue a verbal assault on the Palin family.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
National security isn't on the agenda of the new Republican Congress.  Peter Beinart on how their constitutional vision, as applied to foreign policy, wouldn't cut the deficit or shrink government.  —  There's nothing conservatives cherish as much as the United States Constitution …
Discussion: Eunomia, The Daily Dish and AmSpecBlog
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David Corn / Politics Daily:
The House GOP Weaponizes the Constitution
Discussion: Don Surber, AOL News and sisu
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Schumer: Health care foes should forgo coverage  —  New York Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing Republican members of Congress who oppose last year's health care legislation to decline health coverage for themselves and their families.  —  Democrats have been trying to cast Republican members' acceptance …
New York Times:
With New Heart Pump, Cheney Resumes Old Life  —  By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR  —  WASHINGTON — A few days before Christmas, former Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from several months of a self-imposed political sabbatical to headline a fund-raiser for Maria Cino …
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.
James Meikle / Guardian:
Gerry Rafferty dies aged 63  —  Singer-songwriter behind Stuck in the Middle with You and Baker Street endured battles with music industry and alcohol  —  The singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose songs such as Stuck in the Middle with You, Baker Street and Get it Right Next Time soundtracked the 1970s …
Discussion: People.com, EW.com and AOL News
JTA:
Bibi sends Obama letter requesting Pollard release  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neyanyahu wrote President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.  —  “At the time of his arrest, Jonathan Pollard was acting as an agent of the Israeli government,” Netanyahu wrote in his letter, sent Tuesday.
The Huffington Post:
Holly Petraeus To Be Elizabeth Warren's Pick For Top Post In New Consumer Protection Agency (EXCLUSIVE)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Elizabeth Warren, the Obama administration appointee now establishing a consumer financial protection agency, plans to name the wife of General David Petraeus …
 
 
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David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Glenn Beck dropped by New York's WOR radio station over poor ratings …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and AOL News
Andrew Bolt:
Shocked by the slaughter, Muslims blame the Jews instead
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Peter King has ‘nothing but contempt’ for New York Times
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Watchdog fired by Obama loses appeals case
Discussion: Politics Daily
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems who voted ‘no’ on healthcare weigh support for repeal
Discussion: USA Today and Outside the Beltway
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
ABA Telling College Students: Don't Go To Law School
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democrats rebounding with independents
David RePass / The Atlantic Online:
Why the ‘Silent’ Filibuster Is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Forgive Me Primary Voters, for I Have Sinned.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / The Atlantic Online:
The Unexpected Return of ‘Duck and Cover’
Discussion: Moe Lane and Pajamas Media
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
Ohio Ruling: No Substitution of Foreclosure Documents in Robo-Signing Cases
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice