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10:05 AM ET, January 6, 2011

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Associated Press:
Vaccine-Autism Study Was Fraud
Ezra Klein:
A very smart speech by Speaker Boehner  —  If you spent the afternoon watching C-SPAN, as I did, you heard applause.  A lot of it.  Over and over again.  And when John Boehner took the podium to be sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives, it swelled back up, and stayed there.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi perma-grins and bears it as she hands speaker's gavel to John Boehner  —  Why is this woman smiling?  —  Nancy Pelosi smiled and applauded on the House floor Wednesday afternoon as the clerk read the tally of the vote that formally ended her speakership.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Michelle Malkin
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
'It's still just me'—Will Boehner Be the Anti-Obama?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Dem campaign chief: Goal is making Pelosi Speaker again
New York Times:
Obama Turning to Experienced Hands as He Remakes Staff  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama closed in Wednesday on a decision to fill two top positions and recharge his administration, stopping just short of naming a new chief of staff and a top economic adviser to guide the White House through a new period of divided government.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
BULLETIN: BILL DALEY ANNOUNCEMENT AS CHIEF OF STAFF EXPECTED SOON — Gibbs to give speeches, consult to reelect - Karen Finney, Josh Earnest in mix to replace — Rick Powell to Bloomberg  —  Good Thursday morning.  A TOP WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL, on whether Bill Daley will be named chief of staff …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Reuters:   Exclusive: Volcker to step down from White House panel
The Fix:
Democrats' defection from Pelosi is historic  —  How divided are Democrats' right now?  —  With 19 Democrats withholding support from Nancy Pelosi for House speaker on Wednesday, it represented the largest defection from a party's speaker nominee in nearly a century.
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Plan Attack on Republican Repeal Effort
Discussion: The Politico
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP bends its own new House rules
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
The Constitution (as amended), The Schumer Model, Fast Break on GOP Backtracking, Crown Shots at Andy's Bar, Pelosi's Historic Loss of Support, Trivia  —  By Jonathan Allen (with an assist from Jake “Fast Break” Sherman)  —  THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION, AS AMENDED …
DealBook:
A Goldman Unit Is Said to Have Rejected Facebook  —  Before Goldman Sachs bought a stake in Facebook and started offering shares to wealthy clients, a powerful investment group within the firm turned down the chance to buy a piece of the social networking site, according to several people briefed on the internal discussions.
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The Hill:
President Obama's motorcade: A seatbelt-free zone?  —  Does President Obama wear a seatbelt in his presidential limo?  He is supposed to, but there are indications that he doesn't.  —  After then-New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) was seriously injured in a car accident in 2007 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
Republicans to Spend $1.1 Million Reciting Constitution on House Floor  —  As we reported this morning, House Republicans will kick-start the 112th Congress tomorrow with a spirited recitation of the Constitution, a document whose recent relevance is due largely to the ideological and sartorial interests of the Tea Party.
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
The Man Who Spilled the Secrets  —  The collaboration between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Web's notorious information anarchist, and some of the world's most respected news organizations began at The Guardian, a nearly 200-year-old British paper.  What followed was a clash of civilizations …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Steve King unveils birthright bill  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) isn't wasting any time with his immigration agenda, dropping a bill on the first day of Congress that goes after birthright citizenship.  —  King's measure would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, ending automatic citizenship for anyone born in the country.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Harry Reid: ‘The American people love government’  —  Congress has generated its lowest approval rating in decades.  President Barack Obama is treading the 50 percent line with his approval ratings.  —  Yet whether the American people know it or not, they love their government - or so says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
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Washington Post:
A self-destructive move  —  The junior Democratic senators are fed up …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Boosts Afghan Surge  —  Pentagon Plans to Send 1,400 Extra Marines to Supplement Spring Campaign  —  U.S. and Afghan soldiers prepared for patrol in Kandahar province on Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to send an additional 1,400 Marine combat forces …
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Journal's Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage  —  One of psychology's most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting what its author describes as strong evidence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events.  —  The decision may delight believers …
Discussion: The Agonist
Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals  —  Insurer says the increases result from fast-rising healthcare costs and other expenses resulting from new healthcare laws.  The move comes less than a year after Anthem Blue Cross tried and failed to raise rates as much as 39%.
Discussion: Wonkette
David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
Is Darrell Issa the new Joe McCarthy?  —  To the victors in the congressional elections goes the power of subpoena, as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been so eager to remind the Democrats.  But as the new Congress is seated, Issa and his GOP colleagues should note the difference between investigation and witch-hunt.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
“Daily Show”: Meet the moron who got San Francisco to ban Happy Meals  —  Via Reason, Heritage, and a slew of other righty blogs, cleanse your palate with a salty, fatty video snack.  Things start slow but hang in there for the end of the interview between Frisco nanny-in-chief Eric Mar and Aasif Mandvi …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Adrienne LaFrance / Civil Beat:
Obama's Winter White House an Illegal Rental  —  President Barack Obama's two-week stay at his Hawaii Winter White House was illegal under a long-standing Honolulu ban on short-term rentals.  —  Obama did not break the law by staying at the house, but the property owner who rented his house …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Tammy Bruce
 
 
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New GOP House can't govern with rhetoric alone
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Original U.S. Constitution will not be read in entirety on House floor
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American Media's True Ideology? Avoiding One
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Lanny Davis' African human rights disaster
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Reinhardt's Non-Disqualification Memorandum—Part 1
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Christian Science Monitor:
Could you pass a US citizenship test?
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Billionaire David Koch Entertains Newly Elected Republicans …
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Robots, slaves, horses, and Malthus
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Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Pentagon Is Poised to Cancel Marine Landing Craft
Discussion: Danger Room and SWJ Blog
Tim Kane / The Atlantic Online:
Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
Julian Assange's sex-crime accusers deserve to be named