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6:50 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 …
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 …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Eric Cantor: Health Care Repeal Will Happen Because “It Was Litigated …
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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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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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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Scalia: Women Don't Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination
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: The Daily Caller and GOP 12
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee's the best bet for now
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, TPMDC and GOP 12
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: EW.com and AOL News
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Pajamas Media
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: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Reaches 50% for First Time Since Spring  —  Returns to that level for first time since late May/early June 2010  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Barack Obama's job approval rating reached the symbolic 50% mark in the latest three-day average from Gallup Daily tracking.
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.
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.”
Steve Coll / News Desk:
An Assassination in Pakistan  —  The photograph of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's accused assassin, credited to photographer Sabir Khan, is a chilling snapshot of where thirty years of state-sponsored Islamism has dragged Pakistan.
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 …
 
 
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Andrew Bolt:
Shocked by the slaughter, Muslims blame the Jews instead
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Israel Matzav
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
National security isn't on the agenda of the new Republican Congress.
Discussion: Eunomia, The Daily Dish and AmSpecBlog
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Peter King has ‘nothing but contempt’ for New York Times
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democrats rebounding with independents
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Pelosi: We'd Have Passed ObamaCare Even If Everyone Was Happy …
Discussion: Hot Air, Newsalert and The Right Scoop
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
Lincoln Journal Star:
Don Walton: Electoral vote battle looms
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Politico
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John Burns' “ministering angels” and “liberators”
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
Tucker and Grover End Bitter Feud
Discussion: Politics Daily and Weekly Standard