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1:50 PM ET, January 6, 2011

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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Birther’ arrested during Constitution reading  —  A woman was arrested in the House gallery Thursday after interrupting a reading of the Constitution by yelling out her belief that President Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States.  —  When Frank Rep. Pallone …
Discussion: USA Today and The Right Scoop
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ABCNEWS:
Constitution Reading on House Floor Mired by Yelling, Objections  —  Members of the House of Representatives today read the Constitution on the floor of the House chamber, marking a first for Congress.  While lawmakers read the amended version to skirt the original's controversial passages …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
The 'people's House' takes up ‘We the People’ with symbolic floor reading  —  Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will spend Thursday morning in an historic exercise: reading the U.S. Constitution on the House floor.  —  After holding a 10 a.m. quorum call, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Birther Interrupts House Reading Of Constitution, Yells ‘Help Us Jesus’ (VIDEO)
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
CBO's Preliminary Analysis of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act  —  The House of Representatives is planning to consider a bill (H.R. 2) to repeal the major health care legislation enacted last March—that is, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP bends its own new House rules  —  Just hours after taking control of the House, Republicans passed a sweeping set of rules promising transparency and reform.  —  But the new majority is already showing these promises aren't exactly set in stone.  —  After calling for bills to go through …
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
CBO: Health law repeal adds $230 billion to deficit  —  Republicans kicked off the first day of Congressional proceedings to overturn health reform with unwelcome news: a Congressional Budget Office estimate that repeal would increase the deficit by $230 billion by 2021.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
BREAKING: CBO Paints Grim Picture of Repeal  —  A few days ago I asked whether the Republicans would wait for a Congressional Budget Office score before voting on their proposal to repeal health care reform.  To their credit, they have.  And the news from the CBO is exactly what you would have thought …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
New CBO Analysis: GOP's Push For Health Law Repeal Would Increase …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Wonk Room
The Huffington Post:
Bill Daley Chief Of Staff Announcement Reportedly Coming Soon  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Read More: Bill Daley, Bill Daley Announcement, Bill Daley Chief Of Staff, White House.  White House Chief Of Staff, William Daley, William Daley Announcement, William Daley Chief Of Staff, William Daley White House.
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The Caucus:
Daley to Become Next White House Chief of Staff
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and Firedoglake
Reuters:   Exclusive: Volcker to step down from White House panel
CNN:
Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds  —  Editor's note: Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with the author of the discredited study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, on “AC360°” at 10 p.m. ET tonight.  —  (CNN) — A now-retracted British study that linked autism …
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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.
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 …
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
Vanity Fair portrays the WikiLeaks founder as a shrewd negotiator …
Discussion: Guardian
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain says he'll make 'Don't ask' repeal work  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday he would work to help implement the repeal of the military's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy, despite his opposition to that legislation.  —  McCain signaled he had made peace with the lame-duck bill …
James Warren / The Atlantic Online:
No Pity for Robert Gibbs and His ‘Modest’ Salary  —  Perhaps it was the long flight back from Hawaii.  But President Obama's first full day back on the job suggested a slight case of tone deafness.  —  In bidding a sort-of farewell to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, he noted the …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
U.S. teenager tortured in Kuwait and barred re-entry into the U.S.  —  Gulet Mohamed is an 18-year-old American citizen whose family is Somalian.  His parents moved with him to the U.S. when he was 2 or 3 years old, and he has lived in the U.S. ever since.  In March, 2009, he went to study Arabic …
Discussion: New York Times
Todd Wright / NBC Miami:
Florida Professor Arrested for Having a “Suspicious” Bagel on a Plane  —  Passengers claimed man had suspicious package in the overhead compartment  —  A Florida professor was arrested and removed from a plane Monday after his fellow passengers alerted crew members they thought he had a suspicious package in the overhead compartment.
Nicholas Graham / The Huffington Post:
O'Reilly: God Causes The Tides, Not The Moon (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … David Silverman, president of the American Atheist Group, went on The O'Reilly Factor last night to defend the billboard ads his group has put up around the country calling religion a scam.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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: Hullabaloo, Gawker and The Agonist
O'Ryan Johnson / Boston Herald:
Grandpa killed in drug raid  —  Officials investigate shooting by SWAT  —  The 68-year-old grandfather of 12 who was killed yesterday by a Framingham police SWAT team in an early-morning drug raid was a retired MBTA worker described by shocked neighbors as the “nicest guy in the world.”
Walter Olson / Cato @ Liberty:
The Fall of the House of Waxman  —  While others wish the new Congress well today on its swearing-in, I plan to light a 100-watt incandescent bulb and hoist a caffeinated alcoholic beverage in honor of a different milestone: starting today, the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee …
Discussion: GayPatriot
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
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why Progressives Find It Difficult to Take the “Fiscal Responsibility” Movement Seriously  —  Portrait of the Deficit Hawk as a Liberal Democrat from Massachusetts  —  Yesterday was the presentation of the “Fiscy Awards,” which go to politicians that the fiscal responsibility movement likes:
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie signs ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill advocates say gives New Jersey the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation.  —  Christie signed the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” according to a press release from Garden State Equality …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads all comers in Pennsylvania  —  Barack Obama would have a harder time winning Pennsylvania than he did in 2008 if he had to stand for reelection today...but he still leads all of the top Republican contenders for 2012 in the state.  —  What we see in Pennsylvania is a story we've seen …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Primaries For Palin
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Plan Attack on Republican Repeal Effort  —  Democratic leaders in Washington plan to spend the next week doing what they all but refused to do during the 2010 midterm elections: mount a vigorous defense of President Obama's health care legislation.
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
The New Sophists  —  In classical Athens, public life became dominated …
Discussion: Power Line
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Restarting the economic machine
Discussion: Eschaton, TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
JSOnline:
Obama again nominates Butler to federal bench
Discussion: Althouse
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Murkowski says Energy slot is in the bag
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Roseanne Barr: Cheney 'Never Worked Honest Day in His Life …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Richard Alleyne / Telegraph:
‘Great Garbage Patch’ in the Pacific Ocean not so great claim scientists
Discussion: Right Wing News
The Hill:
Dems up for reelection under pressure to nix healthcare mandate
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Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times:
Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals
David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
Is Darrell Issa the new Joe McCarthy?