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4:10 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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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 Appropriations Bill This Year  —  (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) says that House Republicans should include language that prohibits any funding for implementation of Obamacare in literally every appropriations bill that passes …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems playing rough on health reform?  —  More signs Dems are going to get aggressive in the battle with the GOP over the repeal of health reform.  —  In an interview with me just now, Dem Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is one of the best there is at framing liberal arguments in pugnacious terms …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans schedule vote on healthcare repeal for next week
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House sets Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law
Discussion: Roll Call
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Great news: New Obama chief of staff might be ... William Daley
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Moe Lane
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
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?
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 …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT RNC LEADERS READ.... The five main candidates vying …
Discussion: TPMDC and The Fix
The Politico:
Majority of RNC against Michael Steele
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: TigerHawk
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Dafna Linzer / ProPublica:
Administration Prepares to Defy Efforts to Limit Obama's Options for Guantanamo  —  Update (4:25 p.m.): This story has been updated to reflect our latest reporting with the addition of a third sentence in the second paragraph.  —  Obama administration officials say they plan …
Discussion: Oliver Willis, TalkLeft and Emptywheel
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.
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
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:   John P Wheeler III
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: Mediaite and Hot Air
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.
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 …
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Ahmadinejad Was Slapped by General, Leaked Cable Says  —  Last January, as Iran's leadership struggled to contain postelection protests, nerves frayed to such an extent that the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was slapped in the face by a military commander at one contentious meeting …
Discussion: Mediaite
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Says New Congress Should Prioritize Threat Of ‘Infiltration Of The Sharia Practice’ In U.S.  —  Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a newly-elected member who has loudly scapegoated Muslims and campaigned on a promise to oppose religious diversity, appeared on Frank Gaffney's radio program last week.
Amie Ferris-Rotman / CANOE:
Church set on fire in Russia's Muslim Caucasus  —  MOSCOW — Unidentified attackers set a church ablaze with a grenade in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus late on Sunday, media reported, in the latest act of violence in a region where Moscow is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency.
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 …
 
 
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Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
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BBC:
Coptic churches in Europe report attack threats
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Drug Legalization and the Labor Market
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jonathan Murray / The Politico:
Climate change: Next security threat
Discussion: Climate Progress and Pirate's Cove
Michael B. Keegan / The Huffington Post:
A Gay Tempest in the Tea Party
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
 Earlier Items: 
Christina Bellantoni / Roll Call:
President's Re-Election Transition Begins With OFA Layoffs
Discussion: Moe Lane, Weasel Zippers and Gawker
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Poll: Nearly half of voters don't believe key healthcare promise by Obama
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GETTING THE OLD GANG BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.... By the time disgraced …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Unborn Paradox  —  The American entertainment industry …